Two of the very best teams in the NFC division from last year will meet up in New Orleans for what should be an epic showdown of powerhouses. The Eagles aren’t having the magical season they did a year ago, but they still have one of the most dangerous rosters in the league. I’d be very surprised if we did not see these two teams making a real push in the playoffs at season’s end.
Eagles vs. Saints Odds
Spread: New Orleans Saints -8.5
Eagles vs. Saints Head to Head
The Eagles won the latest matchup, but before that, the Saints had their number. Philly beat the Saints in 2015, when last these two teams saw each other, by a score of 39 – 17. Before that, the Saints edged them 26 – 24. Before that, in 2012, the Saints managed to defeat the Eagles 28 – 13.
Eagles vs. Saints Stats
The offensively skilled players for the Eagles are straight out of a video game. The Saints have a few playmakers on offense too. Newcomer Cam Meredith has been having a down year since joining the team, but honestly, so are most receivers with the Saints—well, at least if your name isn’t Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, or Benjamin Watson. All players outside of these three have been held to less than 13 catches all season. Despite that unbalanced spreading of the football, the Saints have the fifth best total offense in the league thanks to the 8th best passing attack and 9th best rushing game. The Eagles have a comparable passing attack coming in at 10th, but fail to match the rushing stats of the Saints by a mile, pulling in at 22nd overall in that department. Neither defense will be looking to great as both teams feature average or worse defenses by total yards given up.
Eagles vs. Saints News
The Eagles have signed Golden Tate and now have arguably the deepest receiving corp on the planet. Zach Ertz at tight end adds to that potency, but Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, and now Golden Tate too? Oh, and did I mention they have running backs that can catch the ball out of the backfield too and a quarterback that can sling it or take off and run. The Saints added a pass catcher as well: Brandon Marshall after he was recently released by the Seahawks. Marshall is a big-bodied wideout who can be the ultimate mentor to Michael Thomas.
Eagles vs. Saints Predictions
I’m going out on a limb here, and I’m going to take the Eagles to cover. If the Saints win, I think it’ll be within a touchdown. Let’s say Saints win, but 35-28.