Saints vs Eagles

Saints vs Eagles : NFL divisional round The Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints are two of the most fun teams. Get a summary of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints football game. The final game of divisional weekend is perhaps the most interesting. The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints.

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The Saints were damn near unbeatable at home this season, racking up a 6-2 record at the SuperDome (with one loss being in the regular season finale where Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara didn’t play), while the Eagles were only 4-4 away from Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are coming off a road win in one of the least friendly environments in all of football, though, and it seems pretty safe to say they’re comfortable playing playoff games pretty much anywhere at this point.

In the first matchup between these two teams, the Saints practically blew the Eagles off the field, winning 48-7 in a game that was somehow nowhere near as close as the final score. Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins has referred to that game as the low-point of the team’s season, but all the team has done since then is reel off six wins in seven games, with the lone loss being an overtime game against the division rival Cowboys on the road.

The Saints pretty much kept on rolling since that game, hitting a speed bump only against those same Cowboys. They even got their offense back on track by breaking out of a mini-slump with 31 points against the Steelers in the second-to-last week of the season.

The Philadelphia defense started the season getting destroyed through the air, repeatedly getting burned by double moves and deep passes. Eventually they solidified things on the back end with the group that has largely stuck around over the past six weeks or so. The Eagles have used six defensive backs on the majority of their plays in recent weeks, with safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Corey Graham joined by Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, and Cre’Von LeBlanc, with Tre Sullivan roving around as well. Jenkins and Graham have been solid for the entire year, but the emergence of the Maddox-Douglas-LeBlanc trio on the perimeter is what has really been the key to the re-emergence of the Eagles’ ability to stop the pass.

Since Week 12, that trio has allowed quarterbacks to complete 82 of 129 passes for 956 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions, per Pro Football Focus. That works out to a passer rating of just 84.0 — well below this season’s 92.9 league average mark. Maddox in particular has been excellent on the outside, allowing only 15 catches on 29 throws in his direction, for 241 yards, one score, and one pick. LeBlanc has largely manned the slot extremely well, ranking seventh in passer rating allowed out of the 21 players to play at least 115 slot snaps during that time.

The Philadelphia defense started the season getting destroyed through the air, repeatedly getting burned by double moves and deep passes. Eventually they solidified things on the back end with the group that has largely stuck around over the past six weeks or so. The Eagles have used six defensive backs on the majority of their plays in recent weeks, with safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Corey Graham joined by Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, and Cre’Von LeBlanc, with Tre Sullivan roving around as well. Jenkins and Graham have been solid for the entire year, but the emergence of the Maddox-Douglas-LeBlanc trio on the perimeter is what has really been the key to the re-emergence of the Eagles’ ability to stop the pass.

Since Week 12, that trio has allowed quarterbacks to complete 82 of 129 passes for 956 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions, per Pro Football Focus. That works out to a passer rating of just 84.0 — well below this season’s 92.9 league average mark. Maddox in particular has been excellent on the outside, allowing only 15 catches on 29 throws in his direction, for 241 yards, one score, and one pick. LeBlanc has largely manned the slot extremely well, ranking seventh in passer rating allowed out of the 21 players to play at least 115 slot snaps during that time.

The final game of divisional weekend is perhaps the most interesting. The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles are traveling to New Orleans to take on the No. 1 seeded Saints, and the two teams’ strengths match up incredibly well in order to set them each up for success.

 

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