After last night’s 16 – 15 win by Philadelphia in Chicago, the Eagles have stamped their ticket to the Divisional round for a date with the Saints. The Eagles, who just beat the top-rated NFL run defense, will take their 28th regular season ranked run offense to match up with the second best ground defense in the league (80.2). Philadelphia also boasts the third worst passing defense in the league set to try to keep pace with 8th best scoring offense in New Orleans.
Dome-field advantage will be a popular factor you’ll hear all week, but don’t sleep on the Eagles who have traveled to and won against Chicago, Houston, and the LA Rams this season. The Saints hold a 6-2 home record through the regular season while the Eagles were 4-4 on the road.
The Eagles will have a ton of momentum coming off of a huge playoff victory in Soldier Field, but did so on the graces of a grazed field goal. Too bad for Parkey he kicked one through after the timeout was called to ice him. Maybe he should have saved that.
The Eagles will likely, as all teams have post-Week 13, try to replicate the Cowboys’s gameplan and create pressure up the middle to make Drew Brees uncomfortable. Hopefully the Saints will have Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, and Larry Warford all back in action. This game will likely be decided by whose offensive line protects their QB best. The only downside for the Eagles in this is that their secondary will have to be able to hold up long enough for pressure to affect the play. They, particularly Avontae Maddox have struggled. Those struggles continued last night while Allen Robinson caught 10 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown including 4 catches for 100 yards over his last five targets. Thankfully for Philly, Chicago had no second receiving option. The Saints will be looking to deploy Weapon T.G.J. as the flanker providing he’s healthy after a couple of weeks of rest.
The Saints are looking to advance to the Conference Championship for the first time since 2009, the year they took home the Lombardi. A win against Philly will depend on the health of their front five and their ability to execute on offense. The last time these two teams met, the Saints routed Philly, who were wearing their home greens in the Dome, 48-7 to the tune of Choppa Style. This time around, with Foles under center for the Eagles, they’re sure to put up more than just 7 points. This is a winnable game for the Saints, just comes down to how they rebound from their recent struggles. If the offense plays like it did vs. Pittsburgh, the Saints should secure themselves a Conference matchup with the Rams or Cowboys.
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