The Philadelphia Eagles, who have won six out of their last seven games, will go head to head against the New Orleans Saints for the second time this season. The Eagles have been very hard to beat since the beginning of December, and they will look to replicate their recent success in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.
The last time the two teams faced each other, the Eagles struggled on the road in New Orleans. The Saints won the Week 11 matchup 48-7, but this game figures to be different because of the playoff atmosphere and an Eagles team that has been clicking on all cylinders heading into the matchup.
Since the loss to the Saints, the Eagles have only lost to the Cowboys in overtime. The Eagles team heading to New Orleans this weekend is a completely different team that the one in Week 11. Foles is running the offense at a high level and is undefeated since taking over for the injured Carson Wentz. Tight end Zach Ertz is very hard to stop on the field and elevates fellow rookie tight end Dallas Goedert’s level of play with his leadership, and of course, the wide receiver trio of Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate and Nelson Agholor has been highly productive in recent weeks.
“I think we’re a completely different team,” Ertz said about week 11 as a rallying point for the Eagles. “That was just a bad game overall. I don’t think the team that was out there that day is really who we are as a football team.”
No. 86 mentioned that the Eagles could have taken one of two routes after that first Saints game. They could’ve started pointing fingers at each other, or they could’ve looked at themselves in the mirror and evaluated what they had to do better as individuals and as a team. It is clear which option the players elected as they stormed back to make the playoffs and reach the Divisional Round.
Last week against the Bears, Ertz caught five of seven targets for 52 yards to help extend the Eagles playoff hopes. Ertz has been big on late downs this season and provides the Eagles with stability against a young Saints defense. For the Eagles to come out on top, it will take great performance from everyone, including No. 86, and the Eagles are ready for the challenge.
Kickoff is set for 4:40 p.m. ET and will air on Fox.