Eagles vs Saints: Entering Week 11, the New Orleans Saints (8-1) are sitting comfortably atop the NFC South while the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) are out of the playoff picture as the 11th seed in the conference. But, have no fear Eagles fans, your squad can still successfully defend their Super Bowl title as 27 teams since 1990 have made the playoffs when having a losing record through nine games.
Unfortunately, they’ll have to face a Saints team that hasn’t lost since Week 1 and ranks first in the NFL with 36.7 points-per-game and 3.5 points-per-drive. Quarterback Drew Brees is having an MVP season with a 77.3 completion percentage (first in the NFL), 21 touchdowns and one interception. Last week he threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns and ran for one in the Saints’ 51-14 win over Chicago. His passer rating of 150.4 was one of four recorded by a QB in Week 10 that was over 145 – an NFL record for a single week.
It’s a good thing the Saints’ defense is off-the-charts good as their defense has struggled this season. They are ranked 23rd in the NFL in points-per-game allowed with 25.8 and tied for 23rd in sacks with 21. Even worse, they are ranked 30th with 533 combined tackles.
Those stats will help Carson Wentz and the Eagles on Sunday. The Philly QB is also having quite a year despite missing time at the start of the season recovering from his knee injury suffered last year. This season he is only one of two quarterbacks to average at least 300 yards-per-game (306.9) while having a completing percentage over 70 (71.0). Last week, in the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Cowboys, Wentz threw for 360 yards, which isn’t surprising considering he is actually 3-9 in games when he throws more than 300 passing yards since 2016.
There could be a lot of running room and playmaking in this game for both offenses as the Eagles rank only two spots ahead of the Saints in combined tackles. They rank 25th with five forced fumbles and 28th with four interceptions; however, they are tied for 10th with 26 sacks. It should be noted offensively, the Eagles have lost nine fumbles this season, which is tied for second-most in the NFL. All of last season, they lost 11.