The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Dallas Cowboys this past weekend, but they still have the best record in the NFC at 13-2.
They just need to win against the New Orleans Saints this weekend to wrap up the top seed in the playoffs and get that crucial wild card bye, which puts them directly into the divisional round of the playoffs.
The main issue here is that they’re still likely to be without quarterback Jalen Hurts. Does that mean they’re not a great option versus the NFL betting odds?
Saints vs Eagles Betting Lines
Saints Have Outside Shot at Winning NFC South
The Saints kept their slight and faint playoff hopes alive on Saturday by beating the Browns in Cleveland. They fell behind 10-0 in brutally cold conditions but rallied for a 17-10 win with a strong running game, a clutch defense, and some bad dropped passes by the Browns.
The temperature on the field was close to zero, but the wind chill was colder than 35 degrees below zero, just a completely miserable day to play football. New Orleans, a dome team, was able to brave the conditions and get a win.
They aren’t fully dead in the NFC South race, but they have only one scenario to make it. They must win their last two games and need Carolina to beat Tampa Bay in Week 17.
They also need Tampa Bay to then lose to Atlanta in Week 18. New Orleans’ last two games are against the Eagles and then the Panthers, so if they beat the Panthers after Carolina beats Tampa Bay, New Orleans would have an 8-9 record.
To make this happen, they need to do what Dallas did last week: force lots of turnovers. If they can do that and come up with another big defensive effort, they can get the win.
Eagles Face Questions at QB
The Eagles didn’t beat the Dallas Cowboys on the road in Week 16, but they did score 34 points. Quarterback Gardner Minshew, filling in for an injured Jalen Hurts, didn’t play great, but he didn’t play poorly, either.
If they can just avoid giving the ball away, they’re very likely to win here. Those who bet online know that this Saints team isn’t bad, but their season and morale are hanging by a thread.
New Orleans’s secondary is riddled with injuries and the offense rarely does much. If the Eagles can get ahead 10-0 or 14-0 and avoid mistakes, that might be all they need to get a comfortable win.
Saints vs Eagles Game Injuries
Saints vs Eagles Head to Head
The Eagles lead the series 19-15 and won 40-29 last season in the most recent meeting.
Saints vs Eagles Game Information
- Game: Saints vs Eagles
- Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET.
- Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
- How to watch Saints vs Eagles?: FOX
Saints vs Eagles Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Saints vs Eagles Game Weather Conditions
The temperature should be 55 degrees and rainy in an outdoor stadium.
Saints vs Eagles Picks & Prediction
Predicted Score: Eagles 27, Saints 13
- Worth Betting on the Moneyline?
Yes. The Eagles are a dramatically better team than the Saints, even with Minshew. They won’t make mistakes for a second straight week, so take them in the sportsbook.
- Worth Betting ATS?
Yes. The Eagles are way, way better than the Saints and should not have a problem scoring points. The Saints have issues with the offense, so lay the points with your NFL picks.
- Worth Betting on the total?
No. It’s hard to evaluate the total because we’re not sure what the Saints’ offense will contribute.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.