By Skip Charles in Vegas
The public has made the Eagles a 6 1/2-point underdog at the Cards on Sunday.
Here’s why Philly will cover:
Rook QB Jalen Hurts went 17 for 30 for 167 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans and also ran 18 times for 106 yards.
He wasn’t sacked and turned the ball over once.
Arizona has a below-average pass rush (21st, per Pro Football Focus) and secondary (24th, per PFF).
Cornerback Patrick Peterson has allowed four touchdowns in coverage heading into this matchup after allowing four touchdowns last season.
Slot corner Byron Murphy is one of the worst at the position, allowing 1.4 yards per snap in coverage.
And safety Budda Baker is allowing a 103.4 passer rating when targeted in coverage, with 100 of his 241 yards allowed coming after the catch.
Eagles Coach Doug Pederson is also 10-4 against the spread, including the playoffs, when anyone besides Wentz is under center.