Eagles, Cardinals soaring, but can you bet against Giants and Panthers?

Which team will be sharper after the bye, Carolina or New York? Is the Cardinals' running game revived? Who are the X factors? Jeffri Chadiha provides answers to these questions and more.

Originally Published: January 4, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

The NFC portion of wild-card weekend certainly turned out to be wild. We learned that the Arizona Cardinals apparently do know how to play defense and that running the football isn't a lost art for that team. The Philadelphia Eagles were even more impressive. They proved they're still as focused and dangerous as they appeared when they stormed into the postseason with that season-ending, blowout victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

But we all know championship-caliber ...

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