Eagles vs Saints Live: The New Orleans Saints return to the field this Sunday afternoon, hosting a divisional playoff game against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. This is a rematch of a November 18th contest when the Saints mauled the Eagles 48-7 at home.
The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs concludes on Sunday afternoon, as the NFC’s No. 1-seeded New Orleans Saints host the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. These two teams squared off in the same venue back in Week 11, with the Saints clobbering the Eagles by the score of 48-7.
The Saints are currently 8-point favorites over the Eagles, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but with the multitude of prop bets and wagers available, sometimes it’s easy to lose track of the classic, straight-up moneyline bet prediction. Here are all of the expert staff predictions and picks for Sunday’s 4:40 p.m. EST kickoff in the NFL Divisional Round at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. These staff members are from Bleacher Report, CBS and ESPN.
New Orleans ended the regular season ranked 14th in total defense, allowing 349 yards and 22 points per game. They oppose a 14th ranked Philadelphia offense that averaged 22.9 points and 365 yards per game. The Eagles had to win their final three games and get some help just to get into the playoffs, then had to win on the road in Chicago to get into this position, and all this amidst a quarterback change. The top seeded Saints meanwhile, have essentially had two weeks to get fresh legs and rest injuries.
New Orleans ranked just 29th against the pass, surrendering 269 yards per game. After some early season breakdowns in their pass defense, the Saints were able to fortify themselves on the back end, holding four of five opponents to less than 210 yards passing heading into the last two games. A midseason trade for cornerback Eli Apple vastly improved the secondary, as Apple teamed with Marshon Lattimore to give the team as solid a corner tandem as there is in the league.
They are a physical duo that perform best in man coverage, although they each have a penchant for drawing flags, particularly early in games. Lattimore and Apple each have two of the team’s 12 interceptions, tied with safeties Marcus Williams and Chris Banjo for the team lead. The Saints safety play has also improved since early in the year. Williams and Vonn Bell each have the coverage skills to take on an opposing tight end or slot receiver, and have provided solid support of the cornerbacks. P.J. Williams, a major liability early, has played better in the slot with limited snaps.