The NFL is set up with another great week of action on Sunday. Fourteen games will be up on the board throughout December 13. The New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles will meet in one of these matchups. These two teams have had very opposite seasons so far, but will both look to earn a much needed win. This game will kick off at around 4:25 PM Eastern time on Sunday.
New Orleans has earned a record of 10-2 throughout this season, which has them sitting in first place of the NFC South. The Saints have won nine games in a row after starting out 1-2 on the season. New Orleans will look to keep that winning streak going as they visit the Eagles. The Saints are looking to keep their lead in the NFC with another win on Sunday.
The Eagles have put up a record of 3-8-1 so far this season, which has them in third place of the NFC East. Philadelphia still has a chance to win the division as they are a game and a half back on the New York Giants and Washington Football Team. The Eagles have lost four games in a row coming into this matchup and will look to stop this slide in Week 14.
These two teams are still battling for a playoff spot despite being on opposite sides of the standings. The Saints are fighting for that first round bye, while Philadelphia is fighting for a divisional spot. The Eagles need to pick it up quickly if they are to save their season, but they have a chance this week. New Orleans defense has picked up their game, but without Drew Brees the offense has had some struggles.
New Orleans met up with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Younghoe Koo went 3-3 on field goal attempts and Matt Ryan added a late touchdown for Atlanta. Taysom Hill threw two touchdown passes on the day, while Alvin Kamara had a rushing touchdown. The Saints were able to hold on for a nice 21-16 win on the road.
The Eagles faced off against the Green Bay Packers last week. Jalen Hurts had a passing touchdown, while Jalen Reagor had a punt return for a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers had three passing touchdowns, including two of them to Davante Adams. Aaron Jones put the game on ice with a 77-yard touchdown run. The Packers were able to put away the Eagles with a 30-16 win at home.
The Saints were able to earn a big win on last Sunday, while Philadelphia could not knock off the Packers. The Eagles got some offense going in the fourth quarter, but could not pull off the comeback. Philadelphia will start Jalen Hurts this week as they try to boost a dormant offense. If Hurts can get the offense going, they might be able to break through on New Orleans steaming defense.
Taysom Hill has stepped up in the starting Quarterback role after Drew Brees went down with injury. Hill has been solid since stepping in. He has thrown for 629 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He has also rushed for 362 yards and 5 touchdowns. Last week Hill went 27-37 for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns in the winning effort for New Orleans.
Jalen Hurts will make his first career start this week after Carson Wentz was benched. Hurts played for Alabama and Oklahoma throughout college. He threw for 9477 yards, 80 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his college career. He also rushed for 3274 yards and 43 touchdowns. Hurts went 5-12 for 109 yards, a touchdown and an interception after stepping in last week.
Hill has done a solid job stepping into the starting role after Brees went down with injury. Hurts will step up into this one as the Eagles look for a spark in their offense. Hurts did not have a bad performance last week, but will look to improve upon it in this one. If the Saints defense can force Hurts to make quick decisions, it could force some mistakes. I expect Philadelphia to try and switch up the offense to keep New Orleans on their toes.
The Saints offense has continued to be strong throughout this season. New Orleans has been able to score 347 points, which is 5th in the league. The Saints have gained 4450 yards, which is 12th in the NFL. New Orleans has been able to hold opposing teams to 241 points and 3466 yards, which is 5th and 2nd in the league so far this season.
Philadelphia’s offense has not been able to find any groove this season. The Eagles have been held to 253 points and 3826 yards, which is 26th and 29th in the NFL. Philadelphia has held their opponents to 307 points, which is 19th in the league. The Eagles have only given up 4165 yards of offense, which is 13th in the NFL.
These two teams have specialized on defense this season. The Saints have also been great on offense, but have taken a small step back since Brees went down with injury. The Eagles will need their defense to shut down Kamara and Michael Thomas if they want to stay in this one. If Philadelphia’s offense can switch it up with Hurts under center, it might leave New Orleans a little unprepared coming into Sunday’s matchup.
The Eagles will turn to Jalen Hurts this week to try and revitalize the offense. Philadelphia is coming off a solid fourth quarter against the Packers, which they will carry over into this one. New Orleans has continued to win with Drew Brees out, but I believe they might have a tougher fight than expected against the Eagles. Philadelphia will look for home field advantage to propel them to the win.
BetOnline has the Saints listed as a -7 ½ against the spread. This gives a solid edge to New Orleans on the road on Sunday. I think that the Eagles will come out and give New Orleans a fight with the switch at Quarterback. Hurts looked good stepping in last week and if Philadelphia can rally behind him, I believe the Eagles can at least cover the spread.