NFC Divisional Round Betting Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints – Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Sunday, January 13, 2018 at 4:40 PM
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
Point Spread: New Orleans Saints -8
Betting Total: 51
This game is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 4:40 PM ET on Fox.
BetDSI has set the point spread for this game at New Orleans Saints -8 and total for over/under plays at 50.5 points.
This will be the second time this season that the Eagles and Saints have played each other. In the first game, the Eagles were completely dismantled by the Saints by the score of 48-7. Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 363 yards and 4 touchdowns in the game against the Eagles while Running Back Mark Ingram ran the ball 16 times for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Will we see a repeat of that performance or will the Eagles seek out their revenge. Let’s take a closer look at both teams in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game.
The incredible story of the Philadelphia Eagles and Nick Foles continues! The Eagles put Foles in there to replace the injured Carson Wentz and he has been nothing short of spectacular.
Foles has led the Eagles to the postseason and last week, he led them to a win over the #3 seed and the best defense in the NFC, Chicago Bears. Foles threw for 266 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against the Bears last week in the NFC Wild Card game but overall, looked decent against the tough defense of the Bears.
The Eagles and Foles have now won 4 games straight over the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans and LA Rams and 6 of the last 7 overall. They are 10-7 SU and 8-9 ATS this year.
During the regular season, Foles appeared in just 5 games but in those 5 games, he was impressive. Foles passed for 1,413 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on the season. Last year, he led the Eagles to the Super Bowl and this year, he is attempting to make an encore performance and earn a starting job in the league.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints entered the NFC Postseason as the #1 seed in the NFC. They ended their regular season with a record of 13-3 SU and 10-6 ATS.The Saints were 6-2 at home this year and 7-1 on the road.
The Saints have the 8th ranked offense in the NFL and are even scarier knowing that they basically had a week to heel up any lingering injuries and 2 weeks to come up with a game plan for the Divisional Round of the NFC’s postseason. They have the 6th ranked rushing offense behind the combination of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.
Kamara has carried the ball 194 times this year for 883 yards and 14 touchdowns. Kamara is also the second leading receiver on the Saints, with 81 receptions for 709 yards and another 4 touchdowns. Ingram only played in 12 games this year due to his suspension but in those 12 games, he carried the ball 138 times for 645 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The offense is operated by future Hall of Fame Quarterback Drew Brees. Brees has thrown for 3,992 yards and 32 touchdowns this year and has only thrown 5 interceptions in the entire season. The Saints are able to run the ball with their 2 running backs or they can light up the secondary with Brees throwing downfield.
Saints Explode To Put Eagles Out Of Their Misery
Sometimes in football, you need to have a little bit of luck on your side and that is exactly what the Eagles have had over the past few weeks. Take last week, for example, had the Bears kicker not missed the field goal on the double donk, the Eagles would be sitting home but they got lucky and the Bears were the ones to go home.
Luck might help you when you are playing a lower level offense like Chicago but when you are facing a high-octane offense such as the New Orleans Saints, you need a whole lot more than luck. The last time these two played, the Saints embarrassed the Eagles and all though I’m not a big fan of playing a team in the second game of the year after a win, in this particular spot, I don’t see how you don’t play them.
The Saints are going to be hard to stop. They have a powerful offense that puts teams in bad spots and against a weak Eagles secondary, I don’t see them having any issues with putting up 35+ points at home. I am looking for a double-digit win for the Saints and an easy cover here for New Orleans.
The one thing I’m not fond of in this game is the point spread. I never like laying 8 points in a game under any circumstance. Therefore, first thing is to buy 1 point down and make this line New Orleans -7, then you can safely play this as a 4-unit play!