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New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles - 1/13/19 NFL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Date & Time Sunday January 13, 2019, 4:40 PM (EST)
Location
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
1500 Sugar Bowl Dr, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
The Line
New Orleans Saints -9 -- Over/Under: 51
TV Channel
FOX
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The Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints meet in an NFC divisional round matchup in NFL action from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday afternoon.

The Philadelphia Eagles come into this game looking to pull off another upset after taking down the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card round by a final score of 16-15. Nick Foles threw for 266 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 25 of 40 passing while Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood combined for 41 rushing yards on 21 carries. Alshon Jeffery led the Eagles with 6 catches for 82 yards while Zach Ertz and Golden Tate each had 5 receptions with Ertz logging 52 yards while Tate had 46 yards and a TD grab. Dallas Goedert added a touchdown grab as well in the win. Defensively, the Eagles held Chicago to 356 yards of total offense while logging a pair of sacks in the win.

The New Orleans Saints come into this game as the top-seed in the NFC with a 13-3 overall record, starting the year with a 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay and followed that up by winning 10 straight and 13 of the last 15 games to clinch home field throughout the NFC playoffs. Drew Brees has thrown for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 74.4% passing while Alvin Kamara leads the Saints with 883 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns and Mark Ingram II has 645 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Michael Thomas leads New Orleans with 125 catches for 1,405 yards and 9 receiving touchdowns while the aforementioned Kamara has 81 catches for 709 yards and 4 scores. Defensively, Cameron Jordan leads New Orleans with 12 sacks while Demario Davis has a team-high 74 tackles along with 5 sacks. As a team, New Orleans is averaging 379.2 yards of total offense and 31.5 points per game, the 3rd-highest scoring offense in the NFL.

Philadelphia is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 division round games. New Orleans is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against the NFC and 25-6 ATS in their last 31 home games against a team with a winning road record while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

It’s dangerous going against the Eagles with Nick Foles under center because it seems that all the Eagles do with Foles at QB is win games. However, if we are being honest, Philadelphia is lucky to be here after Chicago blew a game-winning field goal with yet another hit post. New Orleans is much better offensively than Chicago and won’t give the Eagles many chances to keep up score for score. The Eagles will want revenge after New Orleans pasted the Eagles 48-7 in week 11, but while I don’t see it being that decisive, I can’t see the Eagles coming out on top here so I’ll side with the Saints and lay the points as I see New Orleans winning by double-digits.

Pick:
New Orleans Saints -9

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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