Read our Saints vs Eagles pick and preview for this NFL week 17 game in Philadelphia. Check out who we like to win and cover the spread in this week’s NFL matchup.
Saints vs Eagles Pick & Preview- NFL Week 17
On Sunday, January 1st at 1:00 PM ET, the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. FOX will carry the TV coverage for the game. In a matchup between two NFC teams, the Eagles are 6.5-point favorites at home.
Saints vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
- Where: Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field
- Date: Sunday, January 1st
- Betting Odds PHI -6.5, NO +240 | PHI -308 O/U 44.0
Will Andy Dalton And The Saints Keep Things Interesting vs Philadelphia?
The Saints head into week 17, looking for another win, as they picked up 7 point victory over the Cleveland Browns (17-10). Going into last week’s matchup, New Orleans was 3.5 point underdogs on the spread. Together, the two teams combined score remained below the over-under betting line of 32.
Offensively, New Orleans found success in the run game, putting up 152 on 39 attempts. In addition to running for 76 yards, Alvin Kamara ran for 1 score.
At the quarterback position, Andy Dalton ended the game with a passer rating of 44.31 on 92 yards through the air. Dalton finished the game without a passing or rushing touchdown. Leading the team in the passing game was Rashid Shaheed, who finished with 41 yards, including a yards per reception figure of 10.2. On average, New Orleans has thrown the ball 31 times per game, placing them 25th in the league. This season, 51.96% of the team’s offensive plays have come through the pass, placing them 21st in the NFL.
Will The Eagles Take Care Of Business As Heavy Home Favorite?
Last week, the Eagles lost in a divisional matchup against Dallas Cowboys by a score of 40-34. Philadelphia lost the game by more than anticipated, as the oddsmakers placed Philadelphia as 4.0 point underdogs. Going into the game, the over-under total was set at 48 points, which the teams surpassed.
Philadelphia struggled to run the ball last week, finishing with just 87 yards on 29 attempts. Miles Sanders led the team with 65 rush yards and did not find the endzone.
At the quarterback position, Gardner Minshew ended the game with a passer rating of 84.9 on 355 yards through the air. Not only did Minshew throw for 2 touchdowns, but he picked up 1 score with his legs. Philadelphia pass-catcher DeVonta Smith had a big game for the team, finishing with 2 touchdowns on 113 yards. Overall, Philadelphia is the 9th-ranked team in pass yards per game, with an average of 243.5. This season, 46.9% of the team’s offensive plays have come through the pass, placing them 27th in the NFL.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
Last year, Philadelphia and New Orleans met up 1 time, with the Eagles winning by a score of 40-29. The Eagles entered as -3.0 point favorites and covered the spread. Leading into the game, the over-under line was set at 42.5 points.
Over the last 5 matchups between New Orleans and Philadelphia, the Eagles have won 3 of the last 5 games. The over-under record in these games sits at 3-2, with the average scoring total coming in at 51.8 points.
The Philadelphia Eagles have performed well vs the spread in recent games, going 4-1-0. The Saints’ offense has averaged 27.0 points per game over the 5 most recent meetings with Philadelphia, compared to the Eagles at 24.8.
Across the Saints’ last 5 road games, the team averaged 15.4 points per game while allowing 20.4. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-3, while going 1-4-0 straight-up.
In their last 5 home games, Philadelphia has averaged 31.4 points per game while allowing 21.0. The team’s record in this stretch was 4-1 while going 4-1.
Saints vs Eagles Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Eagles -6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 44.0
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