Philadelphia is coming off a big win against the Denver Broncos on the road. They now focus their attention on the New Orleans Saints, as they face them in Philadelphia this coming weekend. Philadelphia comes into this game as a two-point favorite against this Saints team. The 5-4 Saints arecurrently on a 2-game losing skid, with losses to Falcons and Titans. Starting quarterback Jameis Winston has undergone surgery on his ACL, which means Trevor Siemian will get the start. Here is a preview of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 11 game.
Winning through the pass
The Saints currently allow opposing offenses to rush 72.9 yards a game, which ranks first in the NFL. This means that the Eagles will have to rely more on their passing attack in this game. The Saints give up lot of passing yards a game, averaging 264.9 yards. This puts them in the bottom of league in this category.
Luckily for the Eagles, Jalen Hurts has shown improvements in his passing. He made a couple of beautiful passes last week against the Broncos that went for touchdowns. Both touchdown passes went to Devonta Smith, who has been a game changer for Philadelphia recently. Smith has 603 receiving yards on the season and four touchdowns. The Eagles will need to get the ball in his hand a lot during this game for Philadelphia to have a chance to win.
Do not abandon the rush
Philadelphia has tended to give up on the rushing attack this season in games. Even though they will probably have to pass the ball more in this game as mentioned above, they can’t completely take the rushing attack out of their game though. Philadelphia has had more success lately because they have a more balanced attack and they have kept defenses guessing. Boston Scott and Jordan Howard have been great for the Eagles as of late. They have given Philadelphia production through yardage and scoring touchdowns.
Even if they do not get much production, the rushing attack still sets up plays for the Eagles down the field. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles play this game, since the Saints are the best at stopping what Philadelphia has had success in recently.
Keep the good defense going
The Eagles allowed only 13 points against the Broncos last Sunday. They made a lot of key stops and held the Broncos to mostly field goals. They need to do the same this week against the Saints. Philadelphia needs to take advantage of the Saints starting a backup quarterback. The Eagles need to bring pressure to Trevor Simeon and try to make him as uncomfortable as they can. Be on the lookout for Javon Hargrave to do this. He was quiet last week, as he only had two total tackles and a pass deflection. He will look to bring the Eagles more production this week and maybe provide Philly with a couple of sacks, which he has been so good at this season.
This seems like a game that the Eagles could drop, after a good game last weekend. Even though the Saints do not have a quarterback at the moment, they still have other weapons. Alvin Kamara has been one of the better running backs in the league in recent years and can do damage with his speed and elusiveness. He has 530 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Deonte Harris is their top receiver as he has 407 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Saints are still 5-4 and have lost both of their recent losses by close margins. The Eagles on the other hand have momentum on their side and Hurts should have confidence after his last performance. Even though this is true, it is predicted that the Eagles lose this game in a close hard-fought battle.
Prediction: Saints – 28, Eagles – 24