New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (11/21/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (11/21/21)
The NFC Wild Card race is wide open with no teams putting a stranglehold on a position outside of whoever loses the race for the NFC West between the Rams and Cardinals. Now at 4-6, the Eagles are right back in the thick of the playoff conversation, while the Saints are seeing their grip on a playoff spot loosen a bit at 5-4 following their loss last week. This intraconference game has massive playoff implications and should be a fun one to watch. Let’s dive in.
New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds
- Saints are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win
- Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against NFC teams
- Over is 5-1 in the Saints’ last 6 games overall
- Under is 7-1 in the Eagles’ last 8 games as a home favorite
The Eagles looked excellent last week in all facets of the game as they earned a monumental win for their playoff hopes. Jalen Hurts made accurate downfield throws that he hasn’t always made this season, the team’s run game was dominant again, and the defense stepped up to limit the Broncos’ talented skill position players. The Saints, meanwhile, aren’t the same team with Trevor Siemian and without Alvin Kamara, and while Kamara could return this week, he likely won’t be at 100%. I’m picking the Eagles to cover as short home favorites as I believe they are the better of these two teams at the moment.
My predictions: Eagles win 26-20, Eagles cover, over 44 points
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Date: Sunday, November 21
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
TV Coverage: FOX
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New Orleans Saints: RB Alvin Kamara (knee) Q, OT Terron Armstead (knee) Q, CB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (foot) IR
Philadelphia Eagles: TE Dallas Goedert (concussion) Q, OG Brandon Brooks (pectoral) IR, RB Miles Sanders (ankle) IR
New Orleans Saints Analysis
Trevor Siemian has been up-and-down as a starter, and while he has thrown five touchdowns to no interceptions, he has only completed 57.7% of his passes. Siemian is also only averaging 6.8 yards per attempt as the starter with an inability to show downfield accuracy consistently. The Saints’ pass-catching corps was always going to be limited without Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, but Deonte Harris, Tre’Quan Smith, and Marquez Callaway deserve some credit for stepping up this season. They won’t have it easy against the Eagles’ stout trio of cornerbacks, however. If Kamara cannot return this week, Mark Ingram will pick up a similar role to last week when he went over 100 yards from scrimmage. Philadelphia’s run defense is more vulnerable, and Ingram should be able to take advantage. Siemian was sacked four times, and the injuries to Terron Armstead and Andrus Peat have held back what should have been a top offensive line.
New Orleans has mostly been able to hold up defensively, particularly against the run, where they rank first in DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. The Saints have allowed just 72.9 yards per game and 3.1 YPC, both the fewest in the NFL. Pete Werner has been excellent as a rookie alongside Demario Davis, forming a stout linebacker tandem. However, the team’s pass defense has faltered on the back end as Marshon Lattimore has been inconsistent, and Paulson Adebo has struggled as a rookie starter. The Saints have allowed the seventh-most passing yards per game this year, which is not where they typically find themselves in defensive rankings. Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport have led an excellent pass rush, but Philly’s offensive tackles, Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson should be a strong match for them.
New Orleans Saints Depth Chart
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
I’m starting to think I was too hard on Jalen Hurts at the beginning of this season as he’s still only 23 years old and is beginning to turn his play around as of late. His volume-based stats don’t jump off the page, but he’s completed over 64% of his passes in each of his last three games and has thrown five touchdowns to just one interception over his previous four. The Eagles are starting to establish an imposing rushing offense on the back of Jordan Howard and Boston Scott, and that’s allowing Hurts to have an easier time completing passes. This year, the Saints’ secondary has been vulnerable, and DeVonta Smith is a big-play threat – he scored two touchdowns last week. Dallas Goedert has yet to truly take advantage of the removal of Zach Ertz from the offense, but he could have a big game this week given the matchup.
Philadelphia’s defense completely shut down a Denver team that scored 30 points on the Cowboys the week prior, as their secondary has been fantastic lately. Darius Slay is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and he’s well-supported by Steven Nelson and Avonte Maddox. The Saints don’t have a fascinating group of pass-catchers at the moment, and the Eagles’ secondary has the upper hand in this matchup. Josh Sweat, Philly’s best pass-rusher, will likely see a lot of Ryan Ramczyk this week in a matchup he will likely lose more often than not. However, the Eagles’ defense has played well over the past month, and I don’t trust Trevor Siemian to push the ball downfield against them.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles Daily Fantasy Picks
This could be a sneaky high-scoring game, and there are some intriguing DFS values to look at. It’s hard to know which of the Philadelphia running backs will score the touchdown and be fantasy relevant on any given week, and a matchup against one of the best run defenses in the NFL makes me want to stay away from the Eagles’ RBs in DFS lineups. However, DeVonta Smith is in play here, and Quez Watkins is one of my favorite fliers as he was inches away from a massive touchdown reception last week and should succeed in the matchup. Of course, Jalen Hurts is one of the best QB options as well. For the Saints, Alvin Kamara is always in play if he’s healthy, and if not, Mark Ingram is an excellent value. You can take your shot on Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, or Tre’Quan Smith, as well, but it’s tough to know which, if any, will succeed.
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