Will second meeting in the Big Easy provide different results for Eagles in 2019 NFC Divisional Round?

Written by National Football League Expert Point Spread Analyst Bobby Wallace.

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The (10-7) SU, (8-9) ATS Philadelphia Eagles began their quest for another Championship last Sunday in the wildcard round with a 16-15 victory over the Chicago Bears as 6′ point road UNDERDOG ATS.

Quarterback Nick Foles continued to blossom in the postseason but threw two interceptions. However, it didn’t matter due to a missed Bears field goal as time expired.

  • Philadelphia is 1-4 AGAINST THE Point SPREAD the last five between the teams.
  • The Eagles are 3-0 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last three on the road.
  • The UNDER is 4-2 Philadelphia last six on the road.
  • OVER bettors have made profits 6 of the last nine times the teams have played.

The (13-3) SU, (10-6) ATS New Orleans Saints got a bye last week but lost to Carolina 33-14 in the regular season finale as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS. Regardless of how Nick Foles has performed when it counts Drew Brees is better.

New Orleans easily took down the Eagles 48-7 on November 18, 2018, as 7 point home FAVORITES ATS and have won 4 of the last five between the teams both SU and AGAINST THE SPREAD.

  • OVER bettors have cashed the last 6 Saints playoff games at home.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 New Orleans last five vs. NFC opponents.
  • The OVER is 9-4 New Orleans last thirteen in NOLA.
  • New Orleans is 1-4 ATS their last five overall.

Kickoff will be Sunday, January 13, 2019. Game time is 4:25 PM EST at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The FOX Television Network will be broadcasting.

The current Betting Line has New Orleans as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 51′ Points for Sunday’s contest.

Fans in the city of Brotherly Love watched their Eagles advance to the divisional round last Sunday against a Chicago team that took down Minnesota to get Philadelphia in the postseason in the first place. They weren’t satisfied with the favor, and now they’ll face a team they’ve beaten two of the last three times in postseason action. Coached by Chip Kelly with Foles under center the Eagles beat New Orleans 26-24 in a 2014 home wildcard contest.

Although New Orleans crushed the Eagles in the 2018-19 regular season head coach Doug Pederson is downplaying the revenge factor. However, it still left a bad taste in many Eagles mouths.

It’s a different season in a looser game home, and the Eagles have won six of seven since the loss to the Saints. Quarterback Nick Foles who’s in his comfort zone is undefeated since taking over for starter Carson Wentz.

The game could come down to the time of possession which the Eagles (32:32) minutes of offense ranks number one in the NFL. The Eagles coaching staff also understand the Saints have the league’s top run defense; meaning Foles with have to make plays in uncomfortable situations.

On the other side of the Football defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz safety, Malcolm Jenkins along with tackle Fletcher co will be ready for battle.

The Best NFL Handicapper is 9-0 when going on or against the Eagles ATS this season.

Bovada.Lv, list the Philadelphia Eagles at +1,200 to win Super Bowl LIII.

 

It’s already a festive atmosphere in and around the Bayou with Mardi Gras on the horizon and what’s better to go along with the annual festival? A Saints home playoff game. These two teams should have played in the 2018 NFC Championship game, but the miracle in Minnesota sent the Saints home.

New Orleans is a perfect 5-0 at home in the playoffs in the Sean Payton era. The Saints explosive offense ranks second league-wide with (31.5), total yards (379.2), and rushing yards (126.6) per contest. Did we forget to mention a Hall of Fame quarterback at the helm who has elite weapons at every skilled position one can imagine?

Running Back Alvin Kamara has (1,500 yards) rushing and (1,500 yards) receiving in his first two seasons as a pro; he’s one of two players to own the honor. Drew Brees will do everything imaginable to get Kamara one on one with Eagles linebackers while Mark Ingram (5.0) yards per carrying attempts soften them up with the run.

The X-Factor Sunday could be Saints backup quarterback/utility player Taysom Hill who’ll make an impact in some area. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen must get a pass rush from Cameron Jordan and rookie Marcus Davenports while nose tackle Sheldon Rankins stops the run. The Eagles will take their shots against a New Orleans secondary that allows (288.9)yards per game through the air.

The NFL betting experts Charliessports.com is 15-2 the past two NFL season’s involving New Orleans Saints OVER/UNDERS

Bovada. Lv, list the New Orleans Saints at +225 to win the 2019 Super Bowl.

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Will Big Ben’s errancy cost the Steelers against the Saints?

New Orleans rides the NFL wave’s crest this season. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ 3rd-ranked passing attack must hang more than ten on the Saints to maintain their grip on the AFC North and a playoff spot.

Pittsburgh comes into New Orleans with the NFL’s 4th-ranked offence and 9th-best defence. The Saints are 7th and 11th respectively. If Mike Tomlin’s squad edges Sean Payton’s slightly on both sides of the ball, why is New Orleans playing for home field advantage in the NFC with a 12-2 record while Pittsburgh desperately clings to first in the AFC North at 8-5-1?

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One key factor is balance. Pittsburgh’s offence relies almost entirely on Ben Roethlisberger’s arm. Their running game ranks 30th overall. New Orleans ranks eighth in rushing and 13th in the air.

It’s the other side of the ball that offers the Steelers hope in this crucial matchup. That’s where the Saints are unbalanced, boasting the league’s best run resistance but trying to hide the 29th-rated passing defence. It hasn’t hurt them yet but those numbers play right into Roethlisberger’s hands. He’s more than ready to open an early present if the Saints secondary is in a giving mood.

Pittsburgh tailback James Conner picked the right week to sit out with an ankle injury although his shot at a 1,000-yard rushing campaign may fall 91 yards short if he isn’t back for the final week. Jay Samuel faces the Saints’ front seven in his place. Starting receiver and kick return specialist Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster is knocked up too but telling any reporter who’ll listen that he’s good to go.

The Saints are healthy. With the game under the dome, weather won’t be a factor. On its face, this one promises to be a wide-open affair.

Roethlisberger is threatening 5,000 yards passing. He comes into the game on 4,462 with 30 touchdown passes but also 15 interceptions. Turnovers are another problem for Pittsburgh. Drew Brees has thrown for 800 fewer yards but one more TD and just five INTs. Big Ben is the Steelers’ strongest asset but also their greatest weakness.

Drew Brees airs it out less than Ben Roethlisberger but less risk has led to greater reward.

The two clubs have met only three times since Brees came to the Mississippi Delta from San Diego in 2006. He lost the game in his first season but won the next two. The most recent meeting, in 2014, was the barnburner everyone expects in this one, with the Saints edging it 35-32.

Neither team brings much momentum into the game. The Saints have won two since suffering their second defeat to Dallas to end November. Pittsburgh ended a three-game losing streak in stunning fashion, knocking off the suddenly vulnerable New England Patriots 17-10 at Heinz Field. Both need to build on those meagre foundations with the playoffs looming.

The LINE has the Saints at -6.5. The TOTAL invites punters to bet the Over at 52.5Both teams run hot streaks Against The Spread and with the Under on artificial turf. In addition, the Saints favour the Under in their last four games after surrendering 14 points or less while Pittsburgh is 4-0-1 ATS after covering or beating the Line the previous week, 4-1-1 after their most recent Straight Up wins.

Desperation is on the Steelers’ side. They have much more to lose. The problem is when they go for it, they crap out too often. Look for turnovers to kill their hopes in this one. Take New Orleans. Give the points.

Free Pick: New Orleans -6.5
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Martin Palazzotto is a freelance writer and author of strange bOUnce, a collection of sport fiction.