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NFL 2014: Showdown in the Desert: Eagles (5-1) Visit Cardinals (5-1)
As the NFL enters Week 8, there are four teams -- three in the NFC -- with one loss: Dallas (6-1), Arizona (5-1), Denver (5-1) and Philadelphia (5-1). On Sunday, the Eagles will visit the Cardinals in one of the marquee games of Week 8.
The Eagles and Cardinals have met 114 times in the regular season and this will be the first meeting when both teams are 5-1 or better at least six games into a season.
A look at the two teams so far in 2014:
Notable Offensive Stat
The Eagles are averaging 30.5 points per game, the highest in the NFC and the third-best mark in the league. Philadelphia has scored 21 total touchdowns -- 10 passing, four rushing and seven return scores. The Eagles are one of three teams in the NFL to average at least 260 net passing yards per game (262.3) and 115 rushing yards per game (116.0).
The Cardinals have thrown a league-best one interception this season and the team's 0.5 interception percentage (one interception, 209 attempts) leads the NFL. CARSON PALMER and DREW STANTON have each started three games at quarterback and rookie LOGAN THOMAS and wide receiver TED GINN, JR. have also thrown at least one pass for Arizona.
NOTABLE DEFENSIVE STAT
Philadelphia has scored three defensive touchdowns this season, the most in the NFL. The Eagles have returned two fumbles for a touchdown (FLETCHER COX and CEDRIC THORNTON) and have recorded one interception-return score (MALCOLM JENKINS).
Arizona leads the NFL in rushing defense, allowing 72.5 yards per game and only 3.15 yards per carry. Under defensive coordinator TODD BOWLES, the Cardinals are the only team in the league that has not allowed an opposing team to rush for 100 yards in a game.
NOTABLE SPECIAL TEAMS STAT
The Eagles lead the NFL with seven return touchdowns and no other team has more than three. Of Philadelphia's seven return touchdowns, four have come on special teams via two blocked punt returns (BRAD SMITH and CHRIS MARAGOS), a kickoff return (CHRIS POLK) and a punt return (DARREN SPROLES).
Arizona rookie kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO has yet to miss a kick, connecting on all 15 field-goal attempts and 11 PATs. Catanzaro's streak of 15 consecutive field goals made without a miss to start a season is tied for the longest in NFL history by a rookie (St. Louis' GREG ZUERLEIN, 2012). This season, Catanzaro is the only kicker in the NFL with at least 15 field goals without a miss.
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