The New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles meet for a battle of 1-3 teams. The Saints kicked the winless streak with an overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys last week. Drew Brees time as an NFL quarterback is running short and this hasn’t been the best his career has had to offer lately. Last season looked like the end of an era for the Saints. And it was, I think it was the official end as being one of the best teams in the NFL. It was a good run for the Saints but I’m afraid it could take some time before they are scaring teams off again. Entering the Super Dome was a death sentence for visitors, but playing in New Orleans hasn’t been nearly as bad as we seen in past years under Drew Brees. The only thing I hope is that Brees retires and doesn’t push it too far that his game looks unrecognizable. Don’t get me wrong though, right now Brees still has talent. The rest of the team around him isn’t helping him out all that much, however. There is still a lot of time to get better and fight for the playoffs, but I don’t know if that is in the cards for them at the moment.
Same thing could be said for the Philadelphia Eagles. There is still a lot of time left for them this season to do something productive, but I just don’t know what they can do to satisfy that. Sam Bradford isn’t the answer here, he just isn’t a good quarterback. I don’t know another guy that has gotten more shots before people start calling him a bust. Maybe because he’s a nice guy? I’m not sure, but the injuries aside, I don’t find Bradford to be a very good quarterback and in my opinion, his play on the field has justified the bust card. I thought maybe in the Eagles’ offense, a fast paced one that in a way mimicked the former Oklahoma offense he played in would have helped him. I haven’t seen it. This is why you don’t declare teams good or not in the preseason. The Eagles looked fluent and on point in the preseason, but nothing has translated over to the regular season at all. I predict that Chip Kelly will be back in college football within two to three years, perhaps with USC? This is a big game for him and the Eagles in the sense that losing to a down and out Saints team at home would look quite bad on this organization.
New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFL Pick
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Saints vs. Eagles Pick:
The NFC East is still wide open for anybody to take. With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant out the Cowboys have had to patch themselves up with bandages and hope for the best. Sunday is looking like another loss for the Cowboys as they face the New England Patriots. Thus, the Eagles had a strong chance of emerging as the winners of the division, but their play hasn’t evoked much confidence in anyone. Their only win has come against the New York Jets, a game that they won 24-17. That is all they have to be happy about this season. Last week was particularly troublesome, as they lost to the clueless Washington Redskins. It wasn’t like they had to travel out west or anything of the sort where teams can get caught napping. Bradford has thrown for 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His best start coming last week against the Redskins where he passed for 3 touchdowns. He has a low quarterback rating of 82.2.
The Eagles are 29th in the NFL, averaging only 294 yards per game. So much for that high octane action on offense for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. This is the type of offense that wants to roll up the points quickly, but that hasn’t been the case with only 19.5 points per game. The Saints are actually all the way up in 7th place in total offense. They most certainly don’t have the same offense they used to have when they were a top team, but they’ve been doing okay. Personally I don’t find either team very good, I also think there are too many points are being given in the Eagles favor. Sorry, I cannot back Sam Bradford as a 6 point favorite against any team.
PICK: SAINTS +6 (-110)