The Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints (8-1). The game is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised on Fox.
The defending Super Bowl champs will face their biggest challenge yet this season. The Saints are on an eight-game winning streak and are playing at an elite level on offense. In their last two games, the Saints have scored 96 points. With Drew Brees leading the way, the offense is the NFL’s top scoring offense while scoring 36.7 points per game.
Carson Wentz and the Eagles are having a disappointing season. Last week, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys and fell to third place in the NFC East. The Eagles still have yet to win back-to-back games. Only once have the Eagles won a game on the road this season, and that was against the New York Giants.
The Saints are so dangerous because they have so many different options on offense. Brees leads the NFL with a 77.3 completion percentage, which is on pace to break his record set last year. Bress also leads the NFL with a 123.8 rating. Wide receiver Michael Thomas is tied with the NFL lead with 78 receptions, and running back Alvin Kamara has run for 11 touchdowns and has also caught four more.
The Eagles also have a strong passing attack. With receivers Alshon Jeffery and Golden Tate, and arguably the best tight end in the NFL in Zach Ertz, Wentz surely has the weapons to keep up with Brees. However, the running game has been nonexistent. Earlier in the season, Jay Ajayi suffered a season-ending knee injury, and the Eagles haven’t been able to make for his absence.
The running backs the Eagles have used in Ajayi’s absence haven’t been reliable. In nine games, Wendell Smallwood has run for 261 yards and scoring one touchdown. Corey Clement hasn’t been much better. He’s rushed for 180 yards scoring two touchdowns.
The best way for the Eagles to have a chance at winning this game is to throw the ball. The Saints’ defense has allowed a league-low 80.1 rush yards per game while being 31st in pass defense allowing 296.1 yards. These stats are the way they are partly due to the fact the Saints are always leading, so the opponent needs to pass catch up.
The Eagles defense hasn’t lived up to expectations this season. They are expected to be without their two starting cornerbacks. Expect Brees to attack this vulnerable part of the defense, and throw to his favorite receiver Michael Thomas.
The Eagles will have a difficult time slowing down Brees and the offense. Brees will throw for 375 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Thomas. The Saints win this game 42-20.