New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles: 12/13/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia Eagles (3-8-1) vs New Orleans Saints (10-2)
Game Info: Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 4:25 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
Betting Odds: Philadelphia Eagles +6.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New Orleans Saints will travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The New Orleans Saints won their 9th straight game and improved to 10-2 on the season after defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 21-16, this past Sunday. New Orleans led by a 14-9 margin at halftime and put the game away after an Alvin Kamara 11-yard TD run with 9:01 left in the 3rd quarter gave the Saints a 21-9 lead. New Orleans outgained Atlanta by a 424-332 margin and forced 1 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Saints was QB Taysom Hill who completed 27 of 37 passes for 232 yards 7 2 TD’s while also rushing for 83 yards on 14 carries.
On the season, New Orleans is averaging 28.9 ppg on 382.4 total yards per game (241.7 passing yds/g; 140.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, has been led by the backfield duo of Alvin Kamara (143 att, 673 yards, 9 TD; 70 rec, 655 yards, 4 TD) and Latavius Murray (126 att, 568 yards, 4 TD). QB Taysom Hill (71.6 Comp %, 629 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 68 att, 362 yards, 5 TD) has been incredible filling in for the injured Drew Brees (73.5 Comp%, 2,196 yards, 18 TD, 3 INT). The top receiving threats for the Saints have been Emmanuel Sanders (41 rec, 456 yards, 3 TD), Tre’Quan Smith (30 rec, 363 yards, 4 TD), Michael Thomas (32 rec, 354 yards), and Jared Cook (25 rec, 313 yards, 5 TD).
Defensively, New Orleans is holding their opponents to an average of 20.1 ppg on 307.4 total yards per game (231.3 passing yds/g; 76.1 rushing yds/g).
The Philadelphia Eagles lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 3-8-1 on the season after being defeated by the Green Bay Packers, 30-16, this past Sunday. Philadelphia struggled offensively early against the Packers and although the Eagles fought back after switching to Jalen Hurts at QB, Green Bay was able to put the game away on the 77-yard TD run by Aaron Jones with 2:36 left in regulation. Philadelphia was outgained by Green Bay by a 437-278 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was QB Jalen Hurts who completed 5 of 12 passes for 109 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT after taking over for a struggling Carson Wentz.
On the season, Philadelphia is averaging 21.1 ppg on 346.4 total yards per game (230.2 passing yds/g; 116.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Philadelphia has been led by RB Miles Sanders who has 631 rushing yards & 3 TD on 118 carries. QB Carson Wentz (57.4 Comp %, 2,620 yards, 16 TD, 15 INT) has really struggled this season and it seems that there is a good chance that the Eagles finally make a switch to Jalen Hurts for this one, although this still needs to be confirmed. The top receiving threats for the Eagles have been Travis Fulgham (33 rec, 467 yards, 4 TD), Dallas Goedert (35 rec, 404 yards, 3 TD), and Greg Ward (44 rec, 351 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, Philadelphia is allowing their opponents to average 25.6 ppg on 368.3 total yards per game (238.3 passing yds/g; 129.9 rushing yds/g).
The Saints are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, however, just 3-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
We will have to keep an eye on the Philadelphia news this week considering their starting QB, however, I just don’t see how they can’t go with Jalen Hurts after another terrible performance by Carson Wentz. At the same time, whether they go with Wentz or Hurts, I think Philadelphia will struggle regardless against an underrated New Orleans defense and that Taysom Hill continues his solid play at QB against a below average Philadelphia defense, I’m taking New Orleans to cover this road spread. Good Luck!