Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to bounce back from a tough divisional loss as they head to Mercedes-Benz Superdome to face the New Orleans Saints, who are perhaps the hottest team in football at the moment.
Following their Week 10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles are looking to rebound against a tough Saints team to keep them in the playoff hunt in a stacked NFC race. The Saints have one of the most dynamic offenses in football right now with Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara leading the way.
Brees and his offense rank fifth in yards-per-game (413.9), so the Philadelphia defense will have their work cut out for them this week. They’ve shown they can be dominant this season, and they will be key in this one, needing to limit a well-balanced offense that is full of playmakers.
The Saints defense often gets overlooked because of all their star power on the offensive side of the ball, but they have a young core that can stifle some of the league’s top offenses. No. 86 and his teammates are up for the challenge, though, and this game will be a good test for the Eagles to show they still belong among the league’s elite teams.
“They’re an extremely good football team all around, not only offensively, but they have a really good defense and a really good special team’s unit as well,” Ertz said. “It’s going to be a really tough task for us, but at the same time I think this is a game where hopefully we can gain some momentum. It’s going to be tough.”
The Saint’ defense ranks No. 1 in rushing yards-per-game, but 23rd in passing yards-per-game (376.2), proving vulnerable through the air. With the addition of wide receiver Golden Tate a few weeks back, and the already deep receiving group for the Eagles, they will likely look to exploit the Saints’ defense through the air, which is where Philadelphia has found much of their success this season.
Last week against the Cowboys, Wentz threw for 350 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. Ertz hauled in a season-high 14 of those passes for a season-high 145 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles will look to emulate that success against the Saints. This week, they will look to finish with the victory.
Now is the time the Eagles need to step up and get their season back on track. With a national audience watching, Zach and the rest of the Eagles can prove that they can matchup with the league’s best and show that the defending Super Bowl champions aren’t going to go quietly.
“I think our backs are against the wall,” Ertz said. “Typically we play at our best when everyone’s counting us out, so hopefully we’ll be able to repeat that success.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. E.T. and will be aired on Fox.