The path to this game would be a great one for the Saints. First, you’d normally rather face a wild card team over a division winner. Second, playing the Eagles would mean the Bears were defeated and of all the playoff teams in the NFC, the Bears and their defense pose one of the more potent threats.
The Saints defeated, no, demolished the Eagles in Week 11, 48-7. This was not the Super Bowl team from last season as injuries had decimated their roster, particularly on defense. The Saints got after quarterback Carson Wentz to the tune of three sacks and forcing three interceptions.
Wentz only completed 19 of 33 passes for 156 yards. Meanwhile Drew Brees had the game that truly stoked the biggest flames of the MVP talk and Tre’Quan Smith caught 36-percent of all the passes he caught the entire season in this one game.
I don’t think there is any doubt that of the three teams the Saints could face, this is the most desirable matchup. This Eagles team, now led by Nick Foles, only lost one other game after that loss to the Saints. They’d love a chance at revenge, to show they are better than they performance they had here. But they are still not as strong as the team that won the big game last year. And they are not nearly as complete as this Saints team.
Even with the Eagles gaining strength, they should not matchup well with the Saints. The defensive front of the Saints would again make life difficult for whomever would be the QB. The offense is still too explosive for the Eagles D.
But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. The Eagles face the Bears this weekend. The Bears defense is for real. Just as we got after Wentz, this Bears D should give Foles a tough road. But we can dream.