When NFL schedule makers placed this game in a prime viewing slot, they probably hoped New Orleans would be good enough to challenge the defending Super Bowl champions.
But after the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Cowboys in Week 10, fans are hoping Philadelphia can step it enough to compete with the hottest team in football.
New Orleans will put its 8-game winning streak on the line against the team from Philadelphia boasting the largest betting point spread of the week (Saints give 8.5 points).
If anyone predicted that would happen, they probably aren’t from the Philly area.
Drew Brees has his offense clicking on all cylinders behind Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Mark Ingram is back in the fold, too, posting his best game of the season against the Bengals last week.
After posting a 50-spot on Cincinnati, the team feels they can outscore anybody. Earlier in the season, it looked like that might need to be their game plan. But now their defense is stepping up, too, making the Saints a mid-season favorite to represent the NFC in Atlanta come February.
Eagles’ fans are still waiting for their team to shake off their Super Bowl hangover. But their problems are deeper than that. Injuries to multiple running backs and receivers, coupled with subpar play on the offensive line, have the Eagles looking like a shell of the championship selves.
Injuries and notes:
Philadelphia lost cornerback Ronald Darby for the season to a torn ACL last week. Fellow corners Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones are also questionable for Sunday.
Offensive tackle Lane Johnson is also listed as questionable.
New Orleans signed wide receiver Dez Bryant last week, but he suffered a torn Achilles in his first day of practice and is already lost. The team signed Brandon Marshall this week, but he is not expected to be active Sunday.
Doug Pederson is lucky he won the Super Bowl for Philadelphia last season, or else Eagles fans would be stalking him everywhere. There is not much he can do with his injury situation, but remember that Frank Reich, now with the Colts, did well in adapting the Eagles game plan for Nick Foles last year.
Sean Payton really needs to ask for a contract extension right now. He is the toast of New Orleans for the moment. Throwing a Super Bowl championship onto his resume should keep him in the Big easy forever.
How to watch the Saints-Eagles game
Fox Sports will broadcast this game across the nation, with the exception of Arizona who will get the Cardinals game instead.
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Who will win the Saints-Eagles game?
Philadelphia will do well to win more football game this season. Every victory will be a feather in the cap of Doug Pederson and his coaches.
But they won’t get a feather this week. New Orleans won’t let up in front of their ecstatic fans.
Final score: Saints 42, Eagles 20