The New Orleans Saints are going to play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14 with a shot at extending their win streak to double digits.
The 10-2 NFC leading New Orleans Saints will travel to the 3-8-1 Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14. They are looking to extend their nine-game win streak to double digits and get 11 wins for the second year in a row on their way to the playoffs.
Sean Payton and company were planning all season to play Carson Wentz. However, his league-leading 15 interceptions have found him on the bench. Just yesterday morning, Doug Peterson and the Philadelphia Eagles named rookie Jalen Hurts their starter for Sunday.
Just one drive into the second half of Sunday’s Eagles vs. Packers game with the score 14-3, Wentz went three and out again. The rookie, Jalen Hurts, who ended up filling in for Wentz on the very next drive, finished out the game.
Hurts finished 5-for-12 with 109 passing yards and his first career touchdown. He also threw an interception and ran five times for 29 yards. That means that instead of preparing for Carson Wentz, Sean Payton is now preparing for a player he wishes that he had.
The Saints defense will be up for the challenge, though. The defense has yet to face a quarterback with a true running talent. They have faced Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Justin Herbert, and Matt Ryan, but they haven’t played anyone like Desean Watson, Patrick Mahomes, or Kyler Murray yet.
Not comparing Hurts to those stars, but Payton will have more on his hands than just Wentz who wasn’t really that threat. The defensive ends, Trey Hendrickson and Cameron Jordan should be able to contain him getting the edge.
The secondary should also be able to contain his arm. All-in-all the team shouldn’t be worried, but they are still preparing for a different ball game. Unfortunately, they are going to have to crush the young rookie’s dream on Sunday.