By mid-season, it looked like the defending Super Bowl champ Eagles were destined to watch this year’s playoff action on TV. Things even took a turn for the worst when starting QB Carson Wentz went down with a season ending injury in week 12. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the reigning Super Bowl MVP as your backup QB. The Eagles closed out the season with a flourish, winning 5 of its last 6 games. Including a 16-15 win over Chicago in a wild card matchup. Since taking over, Nick Foles threw for 1,403 yards and 7 TDs with 4 INTs. Those aren’t overly impressive numbers, but he got the job done with a rushing attack that ranked 28th in the league with just over 98 YPG rushing. The defense was steady.
The Saints enter this game with the best record in the NFL at 13-3. It was a magical year for future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees, who set a number of NFL records that will be hard to top in the coming years. Just the same, there is cause for concern in New Orleans as the offense sputtered over the last six weeks, scoring a dismal 21 PPG. Statistically, everything looks fine because of the numbers the Saints were racking up early in the season as they ran over teams. Brees finished the season with 3,992 yards passing and 32 TDs, by far his lowest totals since the 2005 season. WR Michael Thomas really starred on offense, catching 125 passes for 1,405 yards and 9 TDs.
Prediction: If the Saints offense shows up, this game could get ugly in a hurry. The truth is NO has a good pass rush and the Eagles can’t run the ball, which translates to a lot of pressure on Foles. This is a really bad matchup for the Eagles, making it a great opportunity for bettors. Play New Orleans -8 (score New Orleans 38- 16)