Sunday's game between the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field will mark the first time the two teams have met since the NFC Championship Game following the 2008 season.
It will also be the first time Cardinals' quarterback Kevin Kolb and Eagles' defensive back Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie will line up against their former teams after being traded for each other back in July. Although it's doubtful Kolb will get a chance to play in front of the fans that once cheered (and booed) him as he is still recovering from a turf toe injury suffered against Baltimore.
Both teams have played half of their schedule, and it's fair to say that the trade hasn't benefited one team more than the other.
In fact, Kolb and Rodgers-Cromartie are among the biggest targets for criticism in their respective cities. Don't believe me?
CSNPhilly.com pinpoints three plays in the Eagles' 30-24 loss to the Bears on Monday that were pivotal to the outcome and pinned to Rodgers-Cromartie.
And the commenters on such websites aren't exactly holding their tongues, either.
Rodgers-Cromartie is softer than Asante out there. So many plays where he hesistates to wrap up and tackle. - Cheese Steaks87
The Cards were rolling over with laughter when the Birds took this bum off their hands. What a waste. Soft as charmin and dumber than a box of freaking rocks. - sam.b
I think we could have switched Kolb to DB and gotten the same results we've gotten from this guy. Running around out there like he doen't have a clue. - ozmundo
Monday night's game wasn't the first time that notoriously harsh Philly fans have spewed venom toward DRC. Following a loss to Buffalo, Rodgers-Cromartie admitted that his effort wasn't up to par following a slant pass on which he moved away from tackling a receiver. The insult floodgates opened after that display as well.
Rodgers-Cromartie is the Eagles' nickel back and ranks 10th on the squad in total tackles. He doesn't have an interception and has broken up 4 passes this season.
Things haven't been much rosier in Phoenix for Kolb, considering that he has the added pressure of a shiny, new $63 million contract the Cardinals gave him following the trade.
Kolb ranks tied for 23rd in passer rating and the Cardinals are 2-6 at the midway point of the season. Only one of those wins came with Kolb at quarterback.
His footwork, pocket presence and accuracy have all been called into question. And now he's hurt and spent Sunday watching his teammates pull out an improbable win over the St. Louis Rams.
And you know what that means? It means the concoction of a quarterback controversy by fans, some who believe that backup John Skelton provides the Cardinals a better chance to win and others that believe the team should "Suck for Luck" and tank games to have a chance to draft Stanford quarterbacking phenom Andrew Luck.
Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that the Cardinals thought Kolb's presence in the offense would elevate them back to the top of the NFC West?
And it wasn't too long ago that some were trumping the acquisition of DRC by "The Dream Team" enough to make it sound like no opposing team would complete a pass on the Eagles set of corners.
What a difference half of a season makes.
Any way you slice it, the big trade between the Cardinals and Eagles has been a wash, and I don't mean that in a good way.
Then again, the Eagles did finagle a 2nd-round pick out of Arizona too, so...slight advantage Philadelphia.