Despite being held to 292 yards of offense, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-6, on Sunday. As was the case in Arizona's first two games, the defense stole the show, holding Philadelphia to 308 yards and forcing three turnovers. With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1974.
The biggest play made by the Arizona defense was a 93-yard fumble return by James Sanders on the last play of the first half. Philadelphia was in position to possibly cut the deficit to 17-7, but Sanders' return gave Arizona a 24-0 lead and complete control of the game.
Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds finds that the improved play at the outside linebacker position is a big reason for Arizona's success on the defensive side of the ball.
We've come to expect this type of game from Acho, but Quinton Groves and O'Brien Schofield both had themselves pretty good games on defense. Schofield had one of the first sacks on Vick, and overall seemed to have a pretty good day rushing off the edge. Quinton Groves continues to revive his career in the desert, as he collected another sack today, as well as nearly blocking a second punt. Acho once again played very well, and while he was not credited with a sack, he was right there for one of a few plays. These young gentlemen are doing everything in their power to prove that the OLB position is not the weakness on the Cardinals defense.
Next up for Arizona is a home game against the Miami Dolphins set for a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday and televised by CBS.
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