The Philadelphia Eagles will be in the Superdome today to take on the New Orleans Saints in an NFC divisional round matchup. These teams have played once already this year in New Orleans. The Saints won 48-7. Now, this game went about perfect for the Saints, which is obviously why the margin was so wide, but a few things have changed since that game. Coming into this game the Eagles are winners of their last 4, which was the only option for them to get to this spot in the first place, as they struggled most of the year. Nick Foles had to take over once again for an injured Carson Wentz and they have not lost since. The Saints are basically winner of their last 3 games. In the week 17 game that they lost, they played very few starters for a limited amount of snaps. This shouldn’t really be looked at as being a “loss” in my book because they didn’t even use the players that they will use today.
The Eagles have clearly turned the corner and gotten over their long Super Bowl hangover. There was a lot of
This led them to stray away from their best receiver in Zach Ertz and that doesn’t typically go over well. That being said, the Saints have been one of the best teams in the league at defending the tight end, so maybe that was also a factor of him not being as involved as usual. After this thrashing, the Eagles actually worked Tate out of the rotation and focused more on their 2 TE grouping and started to win games. Last week, Tate was back as a real part of the offense and saw a lot more work than he previously had in terms of snaps. This was likely to force the Bears to play their worst defensive player more. Similarly, the Saints’ biggest defensive flaw is the slot corner. I think
The other major thing that I will be watching early on in this game is how the Eagles are trying to defend the stars.
I think there are 3 things that the Eagles can do today defensively based on that outcome and I have no idea which one the will choose. 1. Do the same thing and blame the other
Pick and Prediction
This spread is -8 for the Saints, which is starting to get a little rich. Obviously their last game has inflated the line a little. I still have a hard time getting away from them here. The one unit that I can trust the most here is easily the Saints offense and I am very confident they can put up whatever it takes in this game. I’ll take the Saints here along with the over.