Beating the Saints

Posted: November 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 2 Comments »

The Saints are 8-1. This is a good team. They are not the ’85 Bears. Or even the 2017 Eagles.

They are 23rd in points and yards allowed. Three teams have scored 35 or more points against them. Teams can score on them.

But can the Eagles?

Carson Wentz was red hot in the second half of last week’s game. He’s posting strong numbers this year. There is no doubt in my mind that he can light up the Saints defense.

Doug Pederson needs to trust his start QB. Put the game in his hands. Don’t abandon the run, but make this game all about Wentz and his weapons. Throw the ball to Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Spread the ball around and move the chains.

The Eagles aren’t going to win this game with 17 or 20 points. New Orleans season low is 21 points. They scored 24 in another game. You must put up 28 or 31 to feel comfortable about your chances to beat them.

The Eagles have only scored more than 24 points once all season. It constantly feels like they are about to break out, but it hasn’t happened. Maybe this is the week. Getting Lane Johnson back at RT will certainly help. Big V was effective last week, but Johnson is a significantly better player. If you’re going to throw the ball and take some chances, you need your best blockers.

The coaches can draw up the plays.

They have the passing game weapons to deliver big plays.

They certainly have the QB.

It is time for this group to finally step up and have a big game. They must get in the end zone several times for the Eagles to have a chance to win.

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Good for Bausby.

The one downside is that this means Tim Jernigan probably won’t be activated for the game. The Eagles would have to cut someone else to make room for him.

The Eagles defense will get their biggest challenge of the year. The Saints average 36.7 points per game. Think about that for a second. If you hold them to 35 points, you’ve had a good day. That’s pretty nuts.

It is easy to wonder if Jim Schwartz and his defense have any chance to slow down the Saints. New Orleans will be missing their LT and that will hurt them. Terron Armstead has been dominant this year. He’s not easily replaced.

Here’s the ultimate damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

The Saints are being blitzed almost as much as any team in the league. Obviously that’s not working. They keep moving the ball and scoring points.

But…

Brees destroys you when you don’t blitz.

There really is no schematic answer. You need to find some way to pressure him, whether with 4, 5 or 6 rushers. Or try just 3 and put everyone in coverage.

If Brees makes a mistake, the Eagles must take advantage of it. Errant passes must be picked off. If he fumbles, fall on it. Brees isn’t going to make many mistakes, but when he does, you must make him pay.

For the Eagles to win, they need some players to step up and have big games.

Who wants to be a hero?

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2 Comments on “Beating the Saints”

  1. 1 Eagles News: Michael Bennett is becoming more vocal in the locker room - Football News Latest said at 6:02 AM on November 18th, 2018:

    […] Beating the Saints – Iggles BlitzThe Saints are 8-1. This is a good team. They are not the ’85 Bears. Or even the 2017 Eagles. They are 23rd in points and yards allowed. Three teams have scored 35 or more points against them. Teams can score on them. But can the Eagles? Carson Wentz was red hot in the second half of last week’s game. He’s posting strong numbers this year. There is no doubt in my mind that he can light up the Saints defense. Doug Pederson needs to trust his start QB. Put the game in his hands. Don’t abandon the run, but make this game all about Wentz and his weapons. Throw the ball to Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Spread the ball around and move the chains. The Eagles aren’t going to win this game with 17 or 20 points. New Orleans season low is 21 points. They scored 24 in another game. You must put up 28 or 31 to feel comfortable about your chances to beat them. […]

  2. 2 Eagles News: Michael Bennett is becoming more vocal in the locker room – SportsNewsNow said at 11:11 AM on November 18th, 2018:

    […] Beating the Saints – Iggles BlitzThe Saints are 8-1. This is a good team. They are not the ’85 Bears. Or even the 2017 Eagles. They are 23rd in points and yards allowed. Three teams have scored 35 or more points against them. Teams can score on them. But can the Eagles? Carson Wentz was red hot in the second half of last week’s game. He’s posting strong numbers this year. There is no doubt in my mind that he can light up the Saints defense. Doug Pederson needs to trust his start QB. Put the game in his hands. Don’t abandon the run, but make this game all about Wentz and his weapons. Throw the ball to Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Spread the ball around and move the chains. The Eagles aren’t going to win this game with 17 or 20 points. New Orleans season low is 21 points. They scored 24 in another game. You must put up 28 or 31 to feel comfortable about your chances to beat them. […]