Sam Bradford needs to start thinking deep.
The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, finally, completed some deep routes against the Washington Redskins last week and he should be able to build off of that this Sunday, particularly against a New Orleans defense that isn’t doing much to boost confidence in the secondary.
Coming into this weekend, the Saints have allowed six passes of 40-plus yards, the most in the NFL and while cornerback Keenan Lewis and safety Jairus Byrd both returned in Week 4, they were fairly limited against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Eagles, who are 1-3 ATS this season, come into the non-divisional matchup as 6 point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Philadelphia is looking to notch its first full-game performance of the season. The team has struggled to put together a complete 60 minute game all year, either dominating in the first half or finding a way to stage some sort of late-game comeback. Bradford, for instance, threw three second half touchdowns last week after failing to complete a pass in the first quarter.
Philadelphia is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games and 8-15-1 ATS in its last 24 games at home. In its last 10 home games as the favorite against New Orleans, the Eagles are 3-0 overall, 2-1 ATS, and 1-0 Over/Under according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
In its last 10 games, New Orleans is 4-6 overall, 5-5 ATS, and 4-3 Over/Under per the OddsShark NFL Database.
The Saints defense may be the key to this game, however, and that defense has struggled throughout the season thus far. They’ve allowed 493 rushing yards in four games, for 123.3 rush yards per game, the sixth-highest in the NFL. If New Orleans defense can keep the Eagles ground game as grounded as it has been this season, the Saints could very easily walk away with a second-straight victory. Expect to see Philadelphia try to spread the ball out – and maybe even give DeMarco Murray those touches he so desperately wants – as well as allowing Bradford to go deep whenever he gets the chance. This just might be the game that Chip Kelly’s offense actually starts to look like Chip Kelly’s offense.
The total for Sunday afternoon’s New Orleans vs. Philadelphia betting matchup is set at 49 points at the sportsbook.
Saints vs. Eagles Betting Pick: Eagle SU & ATS