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Philadelphia Eagles improve to 4-1 after dominating Arizona Cardinals

09 October 2017

They remained atop the NFC East.

The usual culprits were to blame, as protection for quarterback Carson Palmer was poor and the running game was virtually non-existent. The 24-year-old, who entered entered Week 5 with a 107.2 passer rating in those situations, completed a ridiculous 11 of 12 passes for 225 yards on third down Sunday.

In by far their most convincing performance of the season, the first-place Philadelphia Eagles turned some skeptics into believers.

Wentz was 21 of 30 for 304 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. The Cardinals ran for 35 yards on 14 carries as a team.

But on Sunday afternoon, the Eagles fans heading back to their South Jersey homes would have none of it. Robinson almost picked off Palmer twice. That was the case with Brent Celek in 2012 and Zach Ertz in 2015. On the first play of Arizona's opening drive, Mills came up and made a tackle at the line of scrimmage against the run.

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CHARGERS 27, GIANTS 22: In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Philip Rivers threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Melvin Gordon with 2:58 to play as San Diego (1-4) rallied to win its first game and keep NY (0-5) winless. The Eagles can't afford to put their least-effective players in the rotation against a four-and-one Panthers team next week. Once Burton won the release at the line of scrimmage, wide receiver Torrey Smith signaled for a touchdown.

Agholor's 72-yard touchdown catch was phenomenal.

The Eagles are now 4-1 for the first time since the 2014 and just the third time since 2006. They couldn't get off the field on third downs of 19, 11 (three times) and 8 yards. They also included longtime Eagles signal-caller Donovan McNabb - and his kids.

Barner's 76-yard return of an Andy Lee punt to the Arizona 15 set up the Eagles' second touchdown and really ramped up the momentum toward a runaway.

Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott hit a late 28-yard field goal to extend the lead to 34-7.

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It was all Philadelphia in this game as they never trailed the Cardinals. Wentz has clearly improved from year one to year two, exhibiting a Russell Wilson-like climb into the periphery of great quarterbacks. He spread the ball around, connecting with eight receivers total. "We've been talking about that for a couple of weeks now".

Eagle center Jason Kelce said Cardinal defensive coordinator James Bettcher has historically blitzed on third down, calling it Bettcher's "comfort zone", but was surprised to see major pressure on a down and distance in which offenses typically go conservative.

The running game continues to do its part and this will be key down the road. "I got to point it at me because our team obviously was not ready to play in all three phases", he said. "Whatever they want to call, that's on them".

Larry Fitzgerald, who reached 200 consecutive games with a reception, caught six balls for 51 yards, but most of the catches came with the game already out of hand.

Robinson was thrown at nine times and broke up three passes.

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Philadelphia Eagles improve to 4-1 after dominating Arizona Cardinals