Week 14 New Orleans Saints vs Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds, Predictions, Props, Lines & Picks
The Saints (10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS) have clinched a playoff spot last week with a win over the Falcons and will try to build on their good form even further as they travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles (3-8-1 SU, 4-8 ATS) who are quickly losing ground even in the division as poor as the NFC East. New Orleans enters this matchup on the back of the fantastic nine-game winning streak, while Philly has lost four in a row. The Saints have been one of the most profitable teams away from home lately, covering the spread in eleven of the last thirteen road games.
Week 14 New Orleans Saints vs Philadelphia EaglesBetting Line Movement
New Orleans opened as -6.5 favorites and with some early money backing them, the line has moved slightly to -7 of -7.5 depending on what NFL sportsbook you use. The total has dropped a little, moving from the initial 45 to 42.5.
Notes On The New Orleans Saints
The Saints are handling Drew Brees’ absence pretty well and are now 3-0 with Taysom Hill under center. All credit should go to Sean Payton who managed to come out with a strong game plan for his makeshift quarterback. In three weeks without Brees, New Orleans showed a more balanced offense mostly thanks to Hill’s versatility. A perfect example of this was the last week’s win in Atlanta when the Saints gained 217 yards passing and 207 on the ground. Drew Brees could come back this week, but more likely Payton won’t take the risk and Hill should get at least one more start. The groundwork for the Saints’ streak was laid on the defensive side of the ball and New Orleans is allowing the second-fewest total yards in the league and rank fifth in points per game allowed.
If Hill starts, which looks likely, he remains a solid fantasy option especially given that he’s more than capable of scoring in various ways. The player who benefited the most from having Taysom Hill at the QB position is WR Michael Thomas who now has two 100-yards games in the last three contests. Philly has already seen huge games from the opposing wider receivers in the past few weeks and Thomas might be in for a big score.
Notes On The Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz was finally benched last week after a string of disastrous performances and we’ll see if the rookie Jalen Hurts has what it takes to take this Philly offense out of a rut. He came onto the field in the third quarter of the game against the Packers and did OK throwing for 109 yards for a touchdown and an interception. On Sunday he’s likely to make his first start against one of the toughest defenses in the league, but the Eagles really have nothing to lose at this point. The job won’t be made easier by the offensive line which has allowed Wentz to be sacked league-high 50 times this season. On the other side of the ball, the defense which kept Philly competitive this season, will be without Darius Slay and Jason Peters who were injured against the Packers.
The Eagles so far have been a barren land when it comes to reliable fantasy picks. Hurts is getting his first start and the fact that he can run some already makes him more valuable than Wentz. How he manages against the Saints’ defense will determine the value of some of his targets, with TE Dallas Goedert perhaps the best option as New Orleans is typically weak against tight ends this season.
Week 14 NFL Betting Pick: UNDER 42.5
The eleven of the last thirteen Philly’s home games have gone UNDER and the last five games involving New Orleans saw less than 41 points. With question marks over the Eagles’ offense, it’s more than enough for us to go UNDER.