NFL Picks: Cardinals Big Road Dogs, But Should Cover Spread

The Vegas odds-makers were stifled all week in setting the line for the Arizona Cardinals at the Philadelphia Eagles. The hold up was Kevin Kolb's toe injury. Like the rest of us, they were waiting to see if Kolb practiced during the week and to see where his final status for the game ended up.

On Friday, we learned that Kolb didn't practice despite repeated declarations of improvement from both himself and coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt officially listed his starting quarterback as "Questionable" for the game but said that a final decision wouldn't be made until Sunday morning.

Vegas obviously couldn't wait for that so they took all the signs which point towards a second start for backup John Skelton and made the Cardinals a 14-point road dog. That seems about right considering the 2-6 Arizona record with both wins only coming thanks to the punt return prowess of Patrick Peterson.

The Eagles (3-5) haven't exactly been tearing up the NFL either and are coming off a Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears. Word on Sunday morning also came out that they will be without deep threat DeSean Jackson. Jackson overslept and missed a team meeting on Saturday so his coach gave him some extra rest time on Sunday.

All things considered, 14 points seems a bit high. The Cardinals have been competitive in almost every game except one and the Eagles have their own issues. We'll pick the Cardinals to lose but cover the spread. You pick however you want.

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