The New Orleans Saints' 2022 season has not been going as well as the team has hoped, and to make matters worse, the Philadelphia Eagles are winning.
They're winning A LOT. On Sunday, Philly beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday to remain the only undefeated team in the league. Normally, the Saints wouldn't be bothered, but NOLA engaged in not one but two trades with the Eagles that are looking worse and worse every week.
The first trade: the draft picks swap. Earlier this year, Twitter roasted the Saints for giving up premium future draft capital to the Eagles in return for essentially two 2022 first-round picks. Some metrics at the time deemed the trade to be even, but that doesn't appear to be the case at this point in the season.
Per Tankathon, the Saints would be sending the No. 6 overall pick to the Eagles in 2023 right now.
And to rub salt in the wound, their second trade has made NOLA look like quite the fool.
Saints get the worse end of their trades to Philly in 2022
Prior to the 2022 season, the Saints traded star defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson to the Eagles for a pair of future mid-round draft picks, and Gardner-Johnson has so far showed his former team what they've been missing.
He recorded two crucial picks in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, which is already one more than the Saints have recorded all season.
The Saints' secondary remains a position of strength yet it nonetheless has experienced a slight drop in form as Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Maye, and Justin Evans continue to gel together. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore will likely miss a stretch of the season due to injury, which doesn't bode well for the pass defense in the coming weeks.
In summary: the Eagles get a top-10 pick in 2023. Ceedy Duce is thriving on his new team.
The Saints, who sit third in their division with a 2-4 record and a heavily injured squad, can only watch the Eagles keep on winning.
NOLA may yet salvage its disappointing season, but they still know they took two fat "L's" to the Eagles in 2022.