Spread: New Orleans -8.0
The Philadelphia Eagles, 3-8-1, enter the week coming off yet another disappointing effort and loss against the Green Bay Packers. A loss that saw a change at quarterback with the benching of Carson Wentz for the rookie 2nd round draft pick Jalen Hurts.
The New Orleans Saints, 10-2, enter the week coming off their 10th win of the season. After starting the season 1-2, the Saints are riding a 9-game winning streak. Including winning the last 3-games without All-Pro Drew Brees.
After yet another inaccurate and disappointing performance by Carson Wentz, head coach Doug Pederson made a change. Halfway through the 3rd quarter in Green Bay, Pederson inserted Jalen Hurts. Something that Pederson said was because he was looking for a spark. This week, Pederson is looking for that same spark again as Jalen Hurts will start his 1st career game.
With Drew Brees not ready to come back, Taysom Hill will make his 4th straight start. Since Brees went down with a rib injury, Hill has led the Saints to wins over the 28th ranked Falcons defense (twice) and 16th ranked Broncos defense. This week, will be a true test for Hill against the 11th ranked Eagles defense.
Philadelphia will look to capitalize on the spark Jalen Hurts provided last week in the final 22-minutes of the game in Green Bay. But, Hurts and the Eagles offense will have to get by the 2nd ranked Saints defense, which averages two takeaways per game over the past six-weeks.
New Orleans will focus on its run-heavy offense under Taysom Hill. In Hill’s three starts, the Saints are averaging 200-yards rushing per game. But, New Orleans must get past an Eagles defense that continues to be the better side of the ball on a weekly basis.
The Eagles defense was torched by DK Metcalf and Devante Adams the past two weeks. This week, if Drew Brees played, Michael Thomas may have been in for a big day. However, with no Brees, the run-first Saints will look to capitalize on the 25th ranked Eagles rush defense. But, the Saints must not look too far by the Eagles on Sunday, who would love to end the Saints 9-game winning streak
NFL Expert Picks
PHI Total Points 16.5 – OVER @ -110
PHI Total TDs 1.5 – OVER @ -118
Demario Davis 5.0 Tackles – OVER @ -120
Alex Singleton 4.5 Tackles – OVER @ -120