How the Eagles pull off the New Orleans Heist
10 January 2019 Eagles News
If you didn’t already have a reason to be hyped for this upcoming game versus the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton just gave you one.
Yesterday, Payton brought in four armed guards guarding the Saints Lombardi trophy and a stack of $250,000. He told the players “you want this, then win three f****** games.”
Sean Payton went into the Saints locker room with the Lombardi trophy on top of $225k in cash (Saints’ players SB bonus) and said “Y’all want this? Win 3 f–king games," per @JonDeTrinis pic.twitter.com/xo9OJssC2r
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) January 9, 2019
Well, coming to town is the ski mask welding Philadelphia Eagles and they’re ready to take the one thing that Payton has presented the Saints, their chance at the Lombardi Trophy and their Super Bowl bonus.
The Eagles are red hot, winning six of their last seven games. They squeezed by the Chicago Bears thanks to the double doink and are now ready for the Saints. Learning from their last matchup, where the Saints embarrassed the Eagles, we’re going to see a different game play out.
Offensively, the Saints rank 3rd in points (31.5), 8th in total yards (379.2), 12th in passing yards (252.2) and 6th in rushing yards (126.2). Defensively, it’s a different story, as they do rank 2nd against the run (80.2), the rest of their defense has struggled. The Saints rank 29th in passing defense (268.9), 14th in total yards (368.9) and 14th in points (22.1).
What the Eagles have done well, especially last week against a good Bears defense is throw the ball. They are getting good pass protection and giving Nick Foles time to find his target. They’re going to have to run the ball better, but that’ll come as the game opens up.
If the Eagles are to have a chance, first and foremost, the defense needs to come to play. Coming to the dome, the Saints offense feeds off the crowd and can get going fast. Making sure the Saints start off slow will be key. Offensively, the Eagles need to hold onto the ball. Go on long and methodical drives is key. Foles likes to throw downfield, but does take what he’s given. Allowing him to get into a rhythm early will help the Eagles a lot. Like last week, this game will be won at the line, Eagles front four have been dominating teams and don’t expect that to stop here. As for the offensive line, they’ve been much approved, but need to do a better job run blocking. When it’s all said and done, these teams matchup better than most think and coming in red hot, the Eagles will like their chances.
Right now, the Eagles are in a good place. They’re playing with house money and are getting all the extra motivation in the world from the media and the Saints. Going to New Orleans isn’t an easy task but there’s something about this team that says it’s going to be a close one. Having improved immensely on both sides of the ball since the last matchup, this Sunday’s game is sure to be just as entertaining and dramatic as the last one.