The Saints are riding a nine-win streak into Philadelphia in Week 14. The Eagles will look to spoil that streak, but it likely won’t happen.
The New Orleans Saints are taking on the 3-8-1 Philadelphia Eagles this week for what is sure to be an easy game. The Eagles are already down due to injury, but they are starting a new quarterback who is not ready for this Saints’ defense.
This is an intriguing situation because neither projected starter is starting this game. Carson Wentz got benched and Drew Brees is injured. This will now be a matchup of Taysom Hill against Jalen Hurts. Honestly, I’d probably rather have Hurts 1-on-1 in this scenario.
Running Back: NO
If Miles Sanders was 100 percent healthy, it would be a debate. He is one of the best young guns at the position. However, with him not fully healthy, Kamara will run circles and catch circles around him this week like he’s been doing to most running backs.
Wide Receiver: PHI
With Michael Thomas back, the Saints definitely have the best receiver in the bunch, but when it comes to the whole corps, I’d probably rather have the trio of Alshon Jeffrey, Jalen Reagor, and Travis Fulgham with Greg Ward mixed in.
Tight End: PHI
Jared Cook is good. Zach Ertz is good. Daniel Goedert is good. If it was a 1-on-1 Cook might have a shot, but the Eagles just have two very talented tight ends. They are able to run two end packages and run them with a lot of success.
Offensive Line: NO
There is no denying that, when healthy, the Saints have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. With Ruiz playing well, I am taking the Saints without even considering it. They have continually been opening up the run for Latavius Murray and Kamara.
Defensive Line: NO
The Saints defensive lineman are looking better than ever. Trey Hendrickson and Cameron Jordan are two of the top twenty NFL players in sacks. The inside likes to close the run, and they all put pressure on the quarterback — especially young, inexperienced ones.
With the addition of Kwon Alexander to Demario Davis, the Saints are riding high with two linebackers. The Eagles, on the other hand, have had injury after injury at the position and are on to their third or fourth strings.
According to Sam Monson from PFF, “Robey-Coleman has been consistently one of the best slot defenders in the league, so snagging him — as well as Slay —represents something of a coup for the Eagles. He may have just one interception in two years, but he has limited opposing quarterbacks to a below-average passer rating for four straight seasons.”
Special Teams: NO
Wil Lutz, outside of Harrison Butker and Justin Tucker, is the best kicker in football, and Thomas Morestead respectively at punter. There are not many special team units that can compare to how good the Saints are — especially not the Eagles.