Well to be fair, the Saints are struggling too. After a two game winning streak, the Saints were man handled by the Broncos. That loss brought them down to 2-5, meaning every game forward is essentially a must win. The Eagles are in a somewhat similar situation, but for different reasons. They sit at 3-4, tied for second place in the NFC East. They are 3.5 games behind the Giants, though, so they aren’t exactly in a great position. After a strong start, winning 3 of their first 4, they have sputtered into a three game losing streak. To be fair to Philly, only two teams they have played thus far missed the playoffs last year.
This is a huge game for the Eagles. It could be the end of the Vick era in Philadelphia if he can’t get a victory. Even in his wins this season, he has struggled with turnovers, very publicly. He has thrown 8 interceptions along with 6 fumbles. Some of the blame has to go on the offensive line, who has allowed 20 sacks on Vick this season. Last week against the Falcons was one of the first games that the Eagles loss where the offense hadn’t turned the ball over. They simply just couldn’t get anything going. Reid has been mulling a QB change for weeks now, and if Vick can’t do anything against the porous Saints secondary he could be on his way to the bench.
What I expect to see is Vick firing out of the gate early. New Orleans has yet to stop anyone this season on defense, and I really don’t see them stopping a highly talented Eagles team. What they can do is force the turnover. That is how a lot of Saints defenses have had success in the past, and Philly is certainly one of the more turnover prone teams in the NFL.
On offense, it is pretty pointless to predict what the Saints will do. I’d love to say the Saints will use a well balanced attack of rushing and passing, but we all know that Brees is going to throw 40+ times and hope for a miraculous game. The Eagles secondary has talent, but hasn’t live up to their lofty expectations. Brees should be able to rack up some yards, but he better not test Rodgers-Cromartie too much or he could get burned.
This is a must win game for both teams, so something has to give.