Saints vs. Eagles Betting Predictions

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New Orleans vs. Philadelphia, NFL Betting Predictions, December 13

The Philadelphia Eagles are turning to Jalen Hurts at quarterback in an attempt to jumpstart their offense. The Eagles are continuing to fall out of the race in the NFC East and a visit from the top seed in the NFC is not going to help. The New Orleans Saints have continued to win no matter the injuries, though they might be fully healthy this week. No matter who plays for New Orleans, though, it’s hard to see them losing in Philadelphia.

Saints vs. Eagles Betting Odds

We’re used to talking about offense when discussing the Saints, but it’s the defense that has stolen the show in recent weeks. New Orleans has allowed 16 points or fewer in the last five weeks while its offense has been shorthanded. The Saints lead the NFL in total defense and rank fourth in scoring defense as they are suffocating teams and taking pressure away from the offense. Drew Brees might return this week for the Saints, but if not, Taysom Hill has continued to improve in the last three weeks as he’s led New Orleans to victory. He threw the first two touchdown passes of his career in last week’s win as he’s evolved from a running quarterback who can throw sometimes into a more well-rounded signal caller. He’s still dangerous with his legs as he’s run for four touchdowns over the last three weeks, but he can also beat you with his passing now. It hasn’t always been pretty for the Saints offense, but they have shown the versatility to continue to win games no matter the personnel in the lineup.

Philadelphia needed a boost from somewhere and the hope is Hurts will provide that jolt in his first career start. He did throw a touchdown pass last week against Green Bay in relief of Carson Wentz, but he was also intercepted once and he didn’t complete 50 percent of his passes. He’ll need to be much better this week if the Eagles have any chance, and that will be a tough challenge against a confident Saints defense. Philadelphia hasn’t had 350 yards of offense in a game over its last five contests, and Hurts at least is mobile, which adds another element to the struggling offense. Instead, the Eagles have relied on a strong passing defense to give themselves a shot in games, though Wentz never took advantage of those opportunities. Philadelphia still ranks in the top-10 in passing defense, but that won’t mean much against Hill, whose running ability means New Orleans can stick to a run-based gameplan against the 25th-ranked rushing defense.

New Jersey online sports betting sites set the over/under on this game at 44.5 points, which is pretty high for these two teams. Before the Packers scored 30 last week, Philadelphia had held its previous five opponents to 27 points or fewer. However, the Eagles haven’t scored more than 17 points in its last four games since the bye week. New Orleans has scored 30 points just once in the last four weeks, when they torched the shorthanded Broncos two weeks ago. And as I mentioned above, the Saints have been lights out defensively in the last six weeks. So although New Orleans might not touch 30 in this game, the Saints certainly don’t seem likely to allow the Eagles to score more than 17. I’ll take a risk and bet under 40 total points for +165 odds.

My Prediction

The Saints are a touchdown favorite over the Eagles, which is a shock considering the difference in quality of this team. Hurts might add some fire to Philadelphia’s offense, but this Saints defense is the best in the league at the moment and not an ideal opponent for a first start. New Orleans will find ways to score points no matter if Brees or Hill is under center this week, even though Philadelphia is surprisingly good against the pass. There might not be a lot of points in this game, but that’s because I think New Orleans ends up scoring most of them with the mismatch between its defense and Philadelphia’s offense. I’m perfectly comfortable taking New Orleans laying 10.5 points at +145 odds at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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