Eagles Vs. Saints Preview
With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Bears’ kicker, Cody Parkey, lined up for a 43-yard field goal. Before the kick, Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson, called a timeout. Then, on the ensuing kick, Parkey missed the field goal, having it bounce off the upright, then the cross bar. No good. Everyone in Chicago was shocked, but on the other sideline, the Eagles celebrated as they punched their ticket to the Divisional round of the playoffs. Now they’ll be in the Big Easy where wins don’t come easy against the New Orleans Saints.
The Eagles and Saints got together earlier this season in week 11 where the Saints blew out the Eagles 48-7. However, the Eagles’ quarterback was Carson Wentz in that matchup. Since then, he’s been sidelined with a back injury. Which led to Nick Foles coming back into the spotlight. We all know what happened last season, the great playoff run, and a Super Bowl Victory. All Nick Foles did this year was help the Eagles win out and clinch the 6th seed to put them back in the playoffs.
This year, they’re on the road. They’ll be in New Orleans where the Saints will welcome them into the Super Dome. All the Saints did this season was dominate their opponents from start to finish. There were a few hiccups this season such as their loss in Dallas, but that helped them as they made adjustments. Drew Brees is once again looking like an MVP and the running game is as good as ever. The Eagles secondary has improved as they’ve gotten better on defense all around. However, there are still holes that Brees will know how to exploit.
As for the Eagles, it’s been a roller coaster season for the Birds, but they’re in the playoffs and they truly believe they have a chance. Foles didn’t have his best game last week, throwing two interceptions. However, he also threw two touchdowns, one of them the go-ahead touchdown to Golden Tate to put the Eagles ahead late.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles will need to put pressure on Brees and give him some different looks. It’ll be hard because someone as experienced as Drew Brees has seen just about every defense there is. But if the Eagles want to win this game, they need to win the turnover battle.
Nick Foles has been on many big stages, but some might argue that this one is bigger. A win over the Saints, and they’re one win away from returning to the Super Bowl.
A win for the Saints means they’ll host the NFC Championship.
(Written by Seth Cohen, a Tailgate writer who also runs @tailgatenflnews on Instagram.)