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Cardinals Fly High to 3-0 After 27-6 Beating of Eagles

Don’t look now, but the Cardinals have flown to 3-0.

Kevin Kolb, a guy who was sitting the bench to start the season, has taken advantage of playing time, and Sunday he came back to haunt his former team, throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

The result – a sound 27-6 pounding of Michael Vick and the Eagles.

The Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 1974, when the franchise was still based in St. Louis. Kolb completed 17-of-24 passes and didn’t make big mistakes to keep the Cards riding high all day.

“I’m going to enjoy it, don’t get me wrong,” Kolb said about beating his former team. “But the biggest thing is being 3-0. To be 3-0 against the teams we have played and the fashion that we have won, it has been exciting.”

Ryan Williams carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards for Arizona, which has won 10 of its last 12 games dating back to the midway point of last season. Larry Fitzgerald hauled in nine passes for 114 yards and a score.

Vick completed 17-of-37 passes for 217 yards for the Eagles (2-1), who became the first team in NFL history to begin a season with two one-point wins.

LeSean McCoy carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards for Philadelphia, which had won six in a row dating back to last season. Damaris Johnson caught five passes for 84 yards.

“They played better than we did,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “Clearly better. Coached better, they played better. That’s my responsibility. I didn’t have my football team ready to play. They did. My hat’s off to them.”

Kolb started Arizona’s first possession of the game with passes of 14 and 16 yards to Andre Roberts and Fitzgerald, respectively. The Eagles’ defense, though, did not break and forced the Cardinals to settle for a 47-yard Jay Feely field goal.

Philadelphia’s turnover problems continued after forcing Arizona to punt. Johnson fumbled the punt and the Cardinals recovered the ball at the 38-yard line of the Eagles.

Arizona capitalized with an eight-play, 38-yard scoring drive. Roberts caught a 12-yard pass on 3rd-and-8 to move the chains. Just five plays later, Michael Floyd hauled in an 8-yard TD pass. Kolb fired the ball between a pair of defenders and Floyd made a juggling catch.

The Cardinals failed to take advantage of a Vick fumble early in the second stanza. But with 7:30 left in the half, Kolb used the play-action pass to hook with Fitzgerald on a 37-yard score. Fitzgerald made a nice diving catch and rolled across the goal line to make it 17-0.

The turning point of the game occurred at the end of the half. Johnson caught a 26-yard pass and Vick recorded a 20-yard run, helping Philadelphia reach the 1-yard line. With 16 seconds left and no timeouts, Vick threw a pair of incomplete passes. On 3rd-and-goal, Kerry Rhodes came on a blitz and drilled Vick. The ball bounced into the hands of James Sanders, who sprinted 93 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.

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