Monday Night Football- Eagles vs Saints Preview
After last night’s exciting action, Week 9 concludes tonight with a crucial NFC clash as the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints go head to head.
The game will be live on ESPN in America and on the BBC Red Button in Ireland.
So without further ado, here is a full preview of Monday Night Football Week 9.
Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints
Stadium– Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Kick Off- 7:30 p.m. in San Diego/1:30 a.m. in Ireland
What to Watch
Saints Running Game
- The Saints passing game has remained steady despite the loss of suspended head coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees currently leads the number one ranked team in the NFL in passing yards per game. The problem is the running game which is the worst in the league averaging under 75 yards per game.
- With the news that speed back Darren Sproles is out with a hand injury, it leaves Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram as the only options left in the backfield. Look for them to see plenty of carrries tonight.
Eagles Running Game
- The Eagles rushing attack hasn’t fared much better this year despite having a top 10 running back lined up in the backfield. That back is Lesean ‘Shady’ McCoy who is yet to show what he is truly capable of through seven games with just two rushing touchdowns.
- Michael Vick is also a running threat and so the Eagles should be aiming to get more out of their ground game. Look for them to do so tonight against an awful Saints run defense.
- With nine fumbles lost along with eight interceptions thrown by quarterback Mike Vick, the Eagles currently rank as one of the worst teams in the league in turnover differential. In fact, their Week 8 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons was the first time all year that Vick didn’t have a fumble or interception.
- As for the Saints, they may have only one lost fumble but Drew Brees hasn’t been at his accurate best with eight interceptions of his own. Winning the turnover battle will prove vital tonight.
Who to Watch
Michael Vick- Quarterback- Eagles
- “I got to get my swag back”. That was the answer Mick Vick gave to reporters this week as the struggling superstar lloks to bounce back yet another disappointing defeat.
- So what exactly is wrong with Vick? It’s difficult to highlight one aspect of his game that is letting him down as there are far too many fundamental problems with the way he is playing right now and if he doesn’t improve playing in Prime time back in a dome, his rumored benching may become a reality.
Nnamdi Asomugha- Cornerback- Eagles
- Once considered to be one of the most dominant defenisve players in the NFL, Asomugha has seen his career take a turn for the worst since joining the Eagles in free agency. After spending most of last season getting accustomed to his new defensive scheme, Asomugha is running out of excuses in year two.
- No longer a feared defender, opposing quarterbacks aren’t afraid to throw to side in man coverage. That’s exactly what Saints quarterback Drew Brees will look to do early and often in this game.
Drew Brees- Quarterback- Saints
- Speaking of Drew Brees, the Saints inspirational leader has given his full 100% effort to keep his team in the Playoff hunt but hasn’t yet managed to find a way to turn close games into wins. With 10 touchdown passes in his last three games, Brees has been a fantasy football stud for owners.
- The problem is that stats don’t mean much when your team is sitting at 2-5. They cannot afford another defeat tonight as they look to keep pace with the rest of the NFC South.
Both these teams came into the season with Playoff ambitions but have so far struggled to get their talented rosters to perform on the field.
The Eagles can’t afford any more slip ups and with the Saints Postseason hopes all but over, Mike Vick keeps his teams chances alive with a win on the road in New Orleans.
Eagles 28 Saints 24
So that’s your preview and prediction, hope everyone enjoys the game.