The New Orleans Saints will visit Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday for an NFC showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. New Orleans is 5-4 and second in the NFC South, one game behind first-place Tampa Bay. New Orleans has lost each of its last 2 with his most recent a 23-21 setback against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Playing without injured starting quarterback Jameis Winston, New Orleans gained 373 yards of total offense with quarterback Trevor Siemian passing for 298 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Besides Winston, the following players are out injured for New Orleans: Jalen Dalton, CJ Gardner-Johnson, Wil Lutz, Dylan Soehner, and Michael Thomas. Several others are questionable.
Philadelphia is 4-6 and second in the NFC East but trails the first place Dallas Cowboys by 3 ½ games. Philadelphia defeated the Denver Broncos last Sunday 30-13. Jalen Hurts threw for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns while being picked off once and running back Jordan Howard rushed for 83 yards. Both of Hurts’ touchdown passes were caught by DeVonta Smith, who had four receptions for 66 yards. Philadelphia will play without Brandon Brooks, Jason Croom, Brandon Graham, and Isaac Seumalo, while several others are questionable
Saints’ defense keeping New Orleans closeThe New Orleans Saints are second in the NFC South and in the postseason hunt thanks in a big part to their defense. New Orleans is allowing an average of only 19.8 points per game which is 7th in the NFL New Orleans is 10th overall and defense allowing an average of 72.9 yards rushing and 264.9 yards passing for a total of 337.8 yards per game. Linebacker Demario Davis has made 65 tackles to lead New Orleans while safety Malcolm Jenkins has 53. Defensive ends Marcus Davenport and Tanoh Kpassagnon each have four quarterback sacks to lead the Saints, while cornerback PJ Williams is the leader in interceptions with 3.
New Orleans is scoring an average of 24.7 points per game which is 13th in the NFL. The Saints have the 12th ground game with an average of 118.9 yards rushing but are a disappointing next to last in passing with an average of 202.2 yards per game. Backup quarterback Trevor Siemian has passed for 706 yards with five touchdowns and in 104 attempts has yet to be intercepted. Alvin Kamara has 530 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Saints on the ground while Deonte Harris has 24 receptions for 407 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead all receivers.
Philadelphia’s defense has played better the last 3 weeksPhiladelphia is allowing an average of 23.1 points per game which is 14th in the NFL but over the last 3 weeks, the Eagles have allowed an average of 15.3 points per game resulting in two victories and one loss. On the season, Philadelphia is 14th in total defense allowing an average of 117.3 yards rushing and 233.3 yards passing for a grand total of 350.6 yards per game. Eagles linebacker Alex Singleton has made 83 tackles to lead Philadelphia and defensive tackle Javon Hargrave has a team-best six quarterback sacks. Cornerback Darius Slay has two interceptions to lead the Eagles secondary.
On offense, Philadelphia is 11th in the NFL in scoring with an average of 25.7 points per game. Philadelphia has the third-best ground game in the NFL averaging 144.5 yards per game rushing and is 27th in passing with an average of 205.6 yards per game. Quarterback Jalen Hurts has 2159 yards passing with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Hurts is the leading rusher for the Eagles with 549 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. DeVonta Smith is the leading receiver with 42 receptions for 603 yards and four TDs.
- Philadelphia is 5-2 ATS in the last seven against an NFC team
- New Orleans is 0-5 ATS in its last five following a win ATS