The Philadelphia Eagles are just not looking like a Super Bowl champion right now, but maybe when head coach Doug Pederson says “We’re close,” he’s right. And if that’s the case, they should be able to make a game of it against the surging New Orleans Saints, who are looking very much like a team that could be representing the NFC in this year’s “Big Game.”
The Eagles and Saints will collide on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 PM ET at the Superdome. And if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can catch the game on Fox and place wagers on it while it is in progress, using the technology made available through Live Betting Ultra.
Eagles vs Saints Odds:
In the NFL odds that have been posted on this game by our friends over at BetAnySports, the Saints are laying some points:
New Orleans Saints -8
Philadelphia Eagles +8
Over 56 points -110
Under 56 points -110
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Eagles vs Saints Odds – CJ’s Take
Philly comes into the game with a 4-5 record (3-6 ATS), after a 27-20 loss to Dallas. They have not won two games in a row, and have only beaten teams currently residing under the .500 mark. Injuries have taken their toll, particularly in the backfield, where Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles have been out of action. The team made a personnel move designed to inject some energy into the passing game, acquiring Golden Tate from Detroit. There is still a feeling among many that Carson Wentz is not the same guy he was last year, but the numbers tell a slightly different story, as he has completed 71% of his passes with 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
Of course, those numbers don’t quite compare with those of Drew Brees, who is 77% accurate with 21 TD’s and ONE interception, and is on his way to an MVP award, if things continue to look good for this team, which has won eight in a row (8-1 SU, 7-2 ATS) and has scored 96 points over the last two weeks.
A lot of people were excited about the Saints’ signing of Dez Bryant, but in his first day of practice, he tore his Achilles. Because the team was short on wide receivers (believe it or not), they reached out and brought in Brandon Marshall, who should be a decent fit here, as a complement to Michael Thomas (78 catches, 950 yards). Mark Ingram is getting back into the swing of things, and then there’s Alvin Kamara, who has 1019 yards from scrimmage. It has become evident over the years that Brees can pretty much makes things happen, regardless of who he is working with.
How can Wentz make use of Tate, who has led the league in yards after the catch over the last eight seasons? He’ll likely find a way. But these backfield issues may be difficult to overcome. Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement are serviceable, but they aren’t going to tilt the field in Philadelphia’s direction.
The Eagles are going to have to execute on defense, and this is one area that deserves some examination. Philly is 17th in the NFL in yards allowed per drive, but eighth in points allowed on a per-drive basis. That obviously indicates some “bend but not break” tendencies, and indeed they are one of the league’s top five stop units in the red zone. But the Saints score touchdowns on 72.7% of their trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, which is fifth best in the league.
We can’t say that the Eagles have faced an offense as proficient as the one in New Orleans, but at the same time their five losses have come by a total of 22 points. And they have lost only once by more than seven points in their last 31 games. Maybe this is an opportunity to take advantage of some value in the number.
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