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NFC Wild Card game preview: Saints vs Eagles

New Orlean Saints (11-5) vs Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

January football is the best time of year if you are an NFL fan. The playoffs begin a long journey to the Super Bowl for the 12 teams that are in the postseason. The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East division championship with a 10-6 record in Head Coach Chip Kelly’s first year as head coach of the Eagles after previously coaching at the University of Oregon. The Eagles offensively are lead by quarterback Nick Foles, who has taken the Eagles starting quarterback job when Michael Vick injured his hamstring earlier this season and has been sensational throwing for 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. LeSean McCoy had an outstanding season leading the NFL in rushing yards with 1,607 and was a major reason why the Eagles had the best rushing attack in the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints return to the playoffs after a one year hiatus as the sixth seed in the NFC Playoff picture. Saints head coach Sean Payton returned to sidelines after serving his yearlong suspension for his involvement in the Saints bounty scandal in 2012. The offense hasn’t missed much of a beat especially with quarterback Drew Brees. Brees had another 5,000 yard passing yard season while throwing 39 touchdown passes. The Saints defense was much improved this season under first year defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after last season historically bad year for the Saints defense.

The Saints and Eagles will play each other this weekend in the NFC Wild Card game in Philadelphia (Saturday 8:10 p.m. ET, NBC) in a matchup of two high power offenses that are capable of putting up points. It will be a matchup between two quarterbacks who have been huge and key factors for their respective teams down the stretch in the season. The Eagles at times this year struggle on pass defense allowing 289 passing yards per game while the Saints defensively have been stingy against the run allowing 111.6 yards per game. The Eagles struggle against the pass could be a potential recipe for disaster against a team that loves to throw the ball in the New Orlean Saints. The Saints only allowed 19 points per game in the regular season which means the Eagles will have to execute well on the offensive side of the ball in every facet of the game. The Saints must shut down LeSean McCoy to disrupt the run and any type of offensive flow the Eagles may get into. This matchup on Saturday night will be great matchup to watch.

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