Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints
When: Monday November 5, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Coming into the season, this Monday night game was expected to a game for the ages. The Eagles and Saints were a couple of the handful of teams in the NFC to have Super Bowl aspirations. Unfortunately, they both have had turmoil and adversity throughout the whole season. Whether it was media distractions, court rooms, coach dismissals, or unfounded bounty claims, neither team has yet to play at the level we’ve come to expect. However, all is not lost yet. While Atlanta is undefeated, and Chicago is sitting with one loss, no other team is running away from the pack for potential wild card berths. Yet and still, the Eagles and Saints are close to must win situations for the rest of the season.
Philadelphia is sitting with a (3-4) record and in a desperate need of a win to stay in contention for the NFC East title. The time to cease the talking is now. The Eagles need to go out and play their best game on both sides of the ball. They haven’t put together a great game yet this season. They’ve been panicking as a team every since week one.
Offensively, we’ve all seen the struggles of Michael Vick with the turnovers. What they need to do more than anything is to score some touchdowns early. Every point will be crucial to attain big victory on Monday night. If the Eagles aren’t able to move the ball on Monday, they will be offensively challenged for the rest of the year. The Eagles must get the running game going as much as the passing game to be productive. They’ve won games with a lot of turnovers, and lost while not committing any. That means Philadelphia strives on making big plays, regardless if they are loose with the ball or not.
The defense made changes during the bye week and played worse than they did all season. They must contain Drew Brees, and the passing game. Drew is coming off of a sub par game last week as well. The Eagles have been above average, but have faltered late in close games. They are going to have their secondary tested big time.
The New Orleans Saints have missed some great opportunities to win close games. They have fallen out of the NFC South race barring a collapse by Atlanta, but a strong second half season could prove fruitful to their playoff hopes. They’ll still have to overcome the loss of Coach Payton, and a dreadful defense to make the quantum leap.
From afar, the offense has not been playing to the same level as in previous years, yet the Saints have the weapons to turn up the heat. Even with the offensive prowess, the (2-5) Saints haven’t been able to capitalize during winning situations. Unfortunately for the Saints, Darren Sproles is out with an injury. He recently had surgery on his broken hand, and may be out at least four weeks.
The defense gives up over 300 yards passing per game, while giving up 170 yards rushing per game. They haven’t been able to stop teams much at all. They are a bend and break defense for sure. If the defense cuts down the scoring by four points per game, the Saints will find greater success in the win column. To stop the Eagles offensive game plan, expect the Saints to try to bring pressure with the front four, and disguise the coverage packages in the back.
Whenever the Saints play, there is sure to be a high scoring game and a lot of action. Defenses must come away with turnovers to slow the scoring output. In the end, the Eagles come away with a close win in the fourth quarter.
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