New Orleans Saints (10-2, 7-5 ATS) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-8-1, 4-8 ATS) FREE PICK
With the Saints a seven-point road favorite at online sportsbooks, bettors would be sensible to do one basic thing before thinking about a wager on this game– examine Sundays weather in Philadelphia.
The New Orleans Saints head to Philadelphia as one of just 2 NFL teams to have currently clinched a playoff spot heading into Week 14. They will continue to ride the efficiency of backup quarterback Taysom Hill, who like Teddy Bridgewater a year ago, has yet to lose in his role as the replacement for future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
Saints on a Roll
New Orleans defense has actually played lights out over the previous five weeks. The Saints have actually allowed simply 44 points over the previous 5 video games. They are now 4th in the NFL in scoring defense providing up simply 20.1 points per game.
Hill, who has played a variety of positions for the Saints over the course of his career, has actually done an exceptional task of leading and managing the offense New Orleans to two wins over Atlanta and a 31-3 win over Denver on the road.
Brees is actually eligible to return this week, but Saints head coach Sean Payton will probably play it safe and begin Hill for the fourth straight week. The Saints offense has actually balanced over 25 points per video game with Hill running the program. What has been more remarkable is the New Orleans defense.
The Saints have not lost a game because a Week 3 loss to Green Bay. 9 straight wins later and New Orleans is the No. 1 seed in the NFC currently. They have won their last three games with Hill as the starting quarterback.
The Saints rank initially in total defense allowing opponents just 288.8 lawns of offense per video game. They rank No. 2 against the run (76.1 ypg) and No. 4 against the pass (212.8 ). That spells problem for the Philadelphia offense.
Injures Takes Over
What Eagles fans are hoping is that Hurts athletic ability will avoid him from being sacked over 4 times per game. Wentz is the most-sacked quarterback in the league. He has actually been sacked 50 times in 12 games this season.
Last week, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson benched beginning quarterback Carson Wentz in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts. The second-round draft pick responded with a 32-yard goal pass to Greg Ward, however the Eagles still lost to Green Bay 30-16.
New Orleans has actually recorded 17 sacks in its last five video games. The bottom line is that the Saints have one of the NFLs elite defenses and will be playing versus a novice quarterback.
Hurts will begin versus New Orleans in Week 14 taking control of for Wentz, who is suffering the worst season of his young career. With Wentz at quarterback, Philadelphia has among the worst death offenses in the NFL (202.6 ypg). Plus, the Eagles only score 20.9 points per game.
Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Sundays game includes a novice quarterback that completed last weeks game with a total QB rating of 34.3. Hell be going up versus a defense that is one of the best in the NFL. The Saints have not permitted more than 16 points in any of their past 5 video games and Philadelphia hasnt scored more than 17 in over a month
In the last 31 video games in Philadelphia with winds in the double digits, the Under has actually cashed 19 times. While the wind will create some problems for both groups, consider that the Saints are on a run of 5 straight video games in which the Total has gone Under.
Its a great tv program, but unfortunately it does not describe the projection in Philadelphia this Sunday. While there is little opportunity for rainfall, there is a big opportunity that the winds flowing through Lincoln Financial Field will remain in the 10 to 15 miles per hour variety. That will develop some problems.
The Saints have not lost a video game because a Week 3 loss to Green Bay. The Saints offense has actually averaged over 25 points per video game with Hill running the program. While the wind will produce some problems for both groups, consider that the Saints are on a run of 5 straight video games in which the Total has gone Under. Sundays game features a rookie quarterback that finished last weeks game with a total QB rating of 34.3. The Saints have not permitted more than 16 points in any of their previous five games and Philadelphia hasnt scored more than 17 in over a month