Philadelphia Eagles will meet New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s afternoon action of the NFL 2021 Week 11. The home side wants to keep the post-season chances and will search for a win. The visitors aim for the top place in their division, and they look forward to breaking their losing streak.
Philadelphia managed to improve its recent performances by celebrating twice in the last three rounds. However, the hosts don’t have the right for any mistakes if they want to stay in the race for the playoffs spot. On the other hand, New Orleans still has a chance for the top-place finish in their division. Nevertheless, the away side lost twice in a row, and they want to bounce back with a win.
Philadelphia Eagles – Can they stay in the playoffs race?
The Eagles had a poor start to the campaign, but they have raised their form lately. Philadelphia booked two wins on the previous three occasions, and they head to this clash after beating the Broncos 30-13 on the road. They are currently at a 4-6 record, sitting in 2nd place in the NFC East. The Eagles were pretty good in the offense, producing 386 total yards and generating 214 yards on the ground. Jalen Hurts threw for 178 yards on 16-23, with a pair of scores and an interception.
Philadelphia’s first-choice quarterback Jalen Hurts has passed for 2,159 yards this season, with 13 touchdowns and five picks. On the other hand, he has been sacked 16 times so far. Jalen Hurts also led the Eagles’ ground game with 547 rushing yards and five TDs, while Miles Sanders has rushed for 300 yards. DeVonta Smith has been the best receiver with 603 yards and four scores, while Dallas Goedert and Quez Watkins have combined for 837 receiving yards. Alex Singleton has been pretty dominant with 83 total tackles on defense, while Javon Hargrave logged a team-high six sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Jordan Howard, DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, Jack Stoll, Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Jack Driscoll, Lane Johnson
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Josh Sweat, Javon Hargrave, Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, Davion Taylor, T.J. Edwards, Genard Avery, Darius Slay, K’Von Wallace, Anthony Harris, Steven Nelson
Quarter Back: Jalen Hurts
Kicker: Jake Elliott
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New Orleans Saints – Are they capable of winning the division?
The Saints go to this match after losing twice in a row, against the Falcons at home and on the road against the Titans. Nevertheless, New Orleans is only one victory away from the Buccaneers and the top spot in the NFC South, and they are currently at a 5-4 record. They held Tennessee to only 264 yards but couldn’t capitalize on 373 total yards in the offense. Trevor Siemian went 298 yards through the air on 19-34 and produced a pair of scores. Mark Ingram II rushed for 47 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.
Jameis Winston was the Saints’ first-choice QB until he got injured. So far, he has thrown for 1,170 yards with 14 TDs and three picks, while the rival defenders sacked him 11 times. Alvin Kamara has been the best in the rushing department with 530 yards and three touchdowns, while Jameis Winston, Mark Ingram II, and Taysom Hill generated 100+ rushing yards each. Deonte Harris has gained 407 receiving yards and a pair of scores, while Marquez Callaway and Alvin Kamara have combined for 656 receiving yards. On the other hand, Demario Davis leads the defensive corps with 65 total tackles, while Tanoh Kpassagnon and Marcus Davenport logged four sacks each.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Mark Ingram II, Marquez Callaway, Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Adam Trautman, Alex Armah, James Hurst, Calvin Throckmorton, Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, Ryan Ramczyk
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Cameron Jordan, Shy Tuttle, David Onyemata, Marcus Davenport, Kwon Alexander, Demario Davis, Zack Baun, Paulson Adebo, Malkolm Jenkins, Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore
Quarter Back: Trevor Siemian
Kicker: Brian Johnson
Expert Pick #1 – Philadelphia Eagles -1 @-110
It is going to be a close matchup, and both teams have a chance to win this clash. However, the Eagles are slight favorites here since the visitors still have some injury problems. Philadelphia came from a good offensive display last weekend, and I expect them to cover the number for my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 43.5 @-110
The Saints have not been bad in the offense last time, but they still suffered a defeat. Philadelphia is better in the offense, but they still have certain defensive issues to address. Since the margin is not too high and the Over cashed five times on the previous six occasions for New Orleans, I’ll take the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Eagles to win by 1-6 @+320
I’ll go with longer odds for my third pick, trying to generate decent profits. I anticipate a tough battle until the very end of the match, and the Eagles could win this by a tight margin of one to six points.