NFL Week 17: Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints Game Preview

"New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers" by GoonSquadSarah is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

The Philadelphia Eagles are set to travel to Ceasers Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints in a week seventeen NFL matchup. The Eagles come into the game with a league best record of 13-2. As a result of this astounding record, they sit in first place in the NFC East, holding a two game lead over the Dallas Cowboys. On the flip side, the Saints enter the contest with a record of 6-9 and are currently tied with the Carolina Panthers for second place in the NFC South. The NFC South divisional race is coming down to the wire and the Saints find themselves in a very interesting place in terms of the standings. They currently are only one game ahead of the last place Atlanta Falcons, however, they are also only one game behind the Tampa Bay Buccanneers who lead the division. If the Saints can close out the season strong, they may be able to slip into the playoffs. However, even one loss in the next two weeks will likely shut down any chance New Orleans has of seeing the postseason. With there being so much on the line for both teams in this game, they will both likely show up at their best and this could end up being an incredible game to watch. 

Philadelphia Eagles Look to Clinch NFC East Division With Win

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off of a tough 40-34 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Despite losing the game, there is still a lot of positive takeaways from week sixteen for Philadelphia. They went into the matchup against the Cowboys without Jalen Hurts due to an injury. Even with backup Gardner Minshew in the starting role, the Eagles were still able to almost beat one of the top teams in their conference. 

Hurts is aiming to come back this week against the Saints which will provide a big boost back to the offense. With the Saints being an objectively inferior opponent when compared to Dallas, this should be a good bounceback win for the Eagles to clinch their division. 

New Orleans Saints Hope to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Big Upset

Last week, the New Orleans Saints stole a 17-10 win against the Cleveland Browns. Many were doubting the Saints coming into the game due to the extreme weather conditions in Cleveland. Despite this, they were able to rally the troops when it mattered most and they still remain in playoff contention. However, to make it to the postseason, the Saints will likely have to win out. 

They have a very tall task in front of them this week against the Philadelphia Eagles. New Orleans will need Andy Dalton to turn back the clock and have a performance reminiscent to his time spent with the Cincinnati Bengals. Along with this, running back Alvin Kamara will also have to be at his best for New Orleans to keep with with the elite Philadelphia offensive attack.