No.6 Saints at No.3 Eagles

Published: Jan 03, 2014 18:00pm EST
By JasonNeal, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 03, 2014 @ 06:00pm EST

 

The Philadelphia Eagles play in arguably the worst division in the NFC…and that argument would be hard to make.  The New York Giants and Washington Redskins looked like they completely forgot how to play football at times this season and the Dallas Cowboys were once again in a position to win the NFC East, yet could not put it all together on the field.  The Eagles started the season with a convincing win over a Redskins team that everyone thought would be far better than they were in the end, and then proceeded to lose three straight games. 

At mid-point in the season, the Eagles were 3-5 and people were beginning to question the innovative offense that Chip Kelly had become famous for and wonder whether or not it could be an effective offense in the NFL.  Saving the analysis of his offense for another post, the Eagles won seven of their last eight, including a 54-11 drubbing of the Chicago Bears.

The New Orleans Saints were reunited with Sean Payton, their head coach, after he finished his suspension for Bounty Gate.  The Saints are a different team on the road (3-5) than they are at home (8-0), but with the offense the Saints trot out every week, they can overcome the road issues they have faced this year.  New England beat them on a last second, 17-yard touchdown throw by Tom Brady (his only touchdown toss of the game), they were also handled by the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams on the road.  Carolina beat them in Carolina, but that loss was eerily similar to the loss to New England as it came with 23 seconds left in the game.

It was announced today that Pierre Thomas would miss the game Saturday against the Eagles.  The Saints run game has been better as of late, so the loss of a solid veteran back could prove to be significant.  The Saints defense is also much better than it was last season, allowing only four teams to score more than 20 points this season.

This game will feature two high-powered offenses and two defenses that are more than serviceable.  The Saints rank 4th in scoring defense, allowing 19 PPG, while the Eagles rank 17th, allowing 23.9 PPG. Philadelphia’s offense ranks 4th in the league in scoring, putting up an average of 27.6 PPG, while the Saints come in at 10th, dropping 25.9 PPG on their opponents.

This game should be entertaining with Nick Foles playing fantastic football, one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Drew Brees playing at a high level, and LeSean McCoy being one of the most versatile and shifty backs in the league.  There should be a plethora of points and they should be scored in a variety of ways, so if you like defense, find something else to do for this three-hour time frame because from a defensive standpoint, this game should be cringe worthy.  


 

Comments (2)



  • JasonNeal   Jan 4, 2014 @ 02:16AM
    Without Pierre, I say Eagles win it fairly easily. Maybe 35-21. -

  • Michael Owen   Jan 3, 2014 @ 08:29PM
    so what's your prediction Jason?
    -

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