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Sunday’s Divisional Round action in the NFC comes to a close with the Philadelphia Eagles on the road against the New Orleans Saints. Game time from Mercedes-Benz Superdome is set for 4:40 p.m. on FOX
The defending Super Bowl Champs needed to win their last three regular season games and get some help just to make into the playoffs, but they are making the most of the opportunity so far with a 16-15 road win against Chicago in the Wild Card Round. The Eagles closed as 6.5-point underdogs in that game and they have now gone 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games. The total stayed UNDER 42 points in Sunday’s win and it has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in five of Philadelphia’s last eight contests
Nick Foles earned Super Bowl MVP for his postseason efforts last season and he is back at the helm this year at quarterback for an injured Carson Wentz. In the win against the Bears, he completed 25-of-40 passing attempts for 266 yards and two touchdowns. This included the game winner to Golden Tate on fourth down late in the game.
New Orleans had the weekend off as the No. 1 seed in the NFC. It went 13-3 straight-up in the regular season with a 10-6 record ATS. The Saints struggled a bit down the stretch at 3-2 SU with a 1-4 record ATS over their last five games and they were an even 4-4 ATS at home this year. The total has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in five of their last seven games.
The firepower on the Saints’ offense behind Drew Brees at quarterback led to a scoring average of 31.5 points a game, which was ranked third in the league. However, going back to a late-November loss to Dallas, this unit was held to 28 points or fewer in four of its final five games. Brees threw for 3,992 yards and 32 touchdowns overall while Alvin Kamara led the ground game with 883 yards rushing and 14 scores on 194 carries.
The Saints won the first meeting going away, but the Eagles bring enough momentum into this rematch to keep things much closer this time around to cover with the eight points.