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|New Orleans Saints||-7.5
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While the Eagles still try to figure out who their starting QB of the future will be, the Saints should be busy earning a Week 14 win and (hopefully) cover this somewhat hefty spread.
Saints -7.5 (-110)
|Saints vs Eagles Information|
|What||New Orleans Saints vs Philadelphia Eagles|
|Where||Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA|
|When||Sunday, December 13, 2020; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
New Orleans clinched a playoff spot in the upcoming postseason by earning a win over the Falcons in Week 13, the Saints still relying on backup QB Taysom Hill, who has gone 3-0 while starter Drew Brees’ cracked ribs heal, which head coach Sean Payton has told the media could be done by Week 14, assuming Brees is pain-free enough to throw the ball by then.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz was sacked 4 times in their Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, which brings his total for the season to a league-high 50, and because of that and poor production he was benched in that game and replaced by backup Jalen Hurts, a rookie who completed 5 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown but with an interception.
These two NFC cross-divisional rivals have played each other 32 prior times (including 4 postseason games), with the Philadelphia Eagles winning 17 of these games and the New Orleans Saints winning 15 of the games.
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Leading the NFC South by three games is the 10-2 New Orleans Saints, and if the playoffs were to start right now, they would not only be in them (they’ve clinched that honor already) they would also be the NFC’s number one seed.
Next in line for that honor is Aaron Rodgers and his 9-3 Green Bay Packers, so the only sure guarantee for New Orleans to qualify for a first-round playoff bye as the first seed is to win out all of their remaining regular-season games.
The reason the number one seed is so critical is that it earns them that first-round bye, which keeps players rested and give them an extra time period to heal up, plus it’s beneficial because it gives the team home-field advantage in every postseason game except the Super Bowl.
The Philadelphia Eagles are having trouble in plenty of areas this regular season, including injuries to key players and inconsistent play calling, but it’s the lack of QB protection that is really keeping them under .500.
In the regular season, QB Carson Wentz has been sacked a league leading 50 times, not to mention the number of times he has been hurried (40) and hit (51), it is no wonder he has thrown the most interceptions in the NFL this year with 15 so far.
The front line has to do better, and that starts with center Jason Kelce, who has been dealing with a sore elbow he suffered during the Browns game in Week 11, a veteran who must find a way to bring his other linemen together to keep either Wentz or rookie QB Hurts better protected.
After Saints starting QB Drew Brees cracked his ribs and needed time to heal, New Orleans head coach Sean Payton surprised a lot of people by passing by backup Jameis Winston and giving the nod to his utility knife, Taysom Hill.
What Hill lacked in passing experience he more than made up in overall ability to move the ball forward, a utility-type player who in the past with Brees still playing was used in the wildcat formation and as a slot receiver and at times as a rusher out of the backfield.
As a starting QB in 2020, though, Hill has proven his doubters wrong by posting a 3-0 record and completing almost 72 percent of his passes for 2 touchdowns and an interception, a workhorse who will no doubt be ready to start in Week 14 if somehow Brees still can’t.
This is Eagles receiver Travis Fulgham’s second professional season of football, first in Philadelphia, and he is proving to be a useful asset to have on the roster, especially given his lack of playing time last season in Detroit.
In Philly, Fulgham has come alive and put up a decent stats line so far, with 33 catches off 60 targets for 467 yards and 4 touchdowns, production that has averaged out to be about 52 yards per game.
Whether the Eagles decide to start Wentz or Hurts under center in Week 14, Fulgham has to continue to ride the momentum he has been building by doing what he does best – running crisp routes and, after the catch, finding the end zone.
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