The Eagles defense has a chance to capitalize against a weak Saints offense on Sunday
Throughout the season, the Eagles have been torched by tremendous quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. However, it’s no secret the Eagles are at their best when going up against a mediocre offense. Jonathan Gannon’s slight adjustments alongside the change in game-planning on offense have allowed for his “bend don’t break” methods to succeed in certain situations.
With Trevor Siemian under center for the Saints this Sunday in a must-win game for the Eagles, it is another prime opportunity for the Eagles’ defense to win this game. Siemian over his three starts has the second-worst completion percentage amongst all starting quarterbacks during that timeframe.
Siemian’s first start against the Buccaneers was mediocre, completing 16 of his 29 passes for 159 yards. He was excellent against the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans, throwing a combined 527 yards and four touchdowns alongside zero interceptions. Don’t let these two performances fool you though.
The Titans have allowed the second-most passing yards in the NFL at 2,679 yards. Meanwhile, the Falcons have the third-highest completion percentage, and the second-highest passer rating allowed at 106.2.
Siemian has been a starter in the NFL since 2016 but his numbers are not showing that at all. In 2017, Trevor Siemian threw just 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for the Denver Broncos before being shipped off. During his entire Broncos career, Siemian threw 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions over 24 starts.
Every win for the Eagles has come against a weak offense, the Falcons, Panthers, Lions, and Broncos all have offenses that cannot function. Alongside a suspect quarterback, the Saints’ options on offense are practically non-existent. New Orleans’ top wideout is Tre’Quan Smith with Mark Ingram likely being their RB1 this week.
Normal starter Alvin Kamara is having a career-low season and isn’t expected to play Sunday due to an MCL sprain. Both starting tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk missed practice the last two days as well.
Armstead missed last week’s game alongside Kamara, and the Saints’ offensive line allowed four sacks in his absence. In Kamara’s absence, Ingram rushed for 47 yards on 3.4 yards per carry, with the team only having 55 rushing yards from their backs.
The Eagles’ defense has been alright against way better offenses than the New Orleans Saints and should be able to slow them down as they did against Detroit and the Broncos. Their offense will have a tough time against the Saints’ rushing defense but should be capable of getting enough points on the board to walk away with their fifth win of the season.
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