Around the NFC West: Key matchups

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Steve Wyche of NFL.com says the Eagles have an edge at quarterback. He gives the Cardinals an edge on the offensive line. Hmmm.

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com breaks down the Eagles-Cardinals matchup before picking Arizona to win by a field goal or less.

John Branch of the New York Times revisits the Cardinals' 1947 championship team. At least five players from that team remain alive, and Branch checks in with a couple of them.

Karen Crouse of the New York Times checks in with former dancer Ann Frederick, an Arizona-based stretching specialist whose clients include Eagles and Cardinals alike.

The Arizona Republic profiles the Cardinals' key players and head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic describes Anquan Boldin as critical to the Cardinals' success. Bickley: "In the short term, all that matters is Boldin's availability. Though the Cardinals are 4-1 without Boldin in the lineup this season, they are not beating the Eagles on Sunday without him."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie remains a rookie off the field while playing like a veteran on it.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says Boldin is looking forward to atoning for a subpar performance against the Eagles on Thanksgiving.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' decision to interview quarterbacks coaches could mean they're finished interviewing potential coordinators.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Pat McPherson, candidate to coach quarterbacks for the 49ers, has strong ties to the organization. McPherson's father, Bill, spent 27 seasons with the 49ers as a coach and personnel analyst.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News thinks the Broncos could be in trouble with former 49ers coach Mike Nolan running their defense.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Jason Garrett's stock has dropped, but the Rams are considering him as their potential head coach anyway. Thomas: "[Terrell] Owens, meanwhile, wouldn't even refer to Garrett by name for a couple of weeks this season. When asked questions about the offense, Owens' reply would be something along these lines: 'You're going to have to ask the offensive coordinator.' Even given Owens' track record, the friction of '08 could raise red flags for a Rams team searching for leadership in its next head coach."

VanRam of Turf Show Times looks at the Rams' struggles running the ball up the middle.

Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts, in summarizing a recent radio interview involving Matt Hasselbeck, quotes the quarterback as saying the Seahawks are simplifying their offense. This is potentially significant. The Seahawks have sometimes had a hard time quickly assimilating receivers into the offense. Audio here.

John Morgan of Field Gulls looks at a basic running play as run by Greg Knapp in Oakland using regular personnel from the I-formation.