In the first round of the 2014 NFL Playoffs, the NFC gets to see quite the potent matchup between two of the most explosive offenses in the game. The 2nd-ranked passing attack in all of football in the New Orleans Saints will visit Chip Kelly’s exciting offense in the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. Who has the advantage in what should be a phenomenal matchup?
This season, the Saints were just 3-5 on the road while going undefeated at home. Many believe, for this reason, the Saints should be the underdog. But, are those folks too quick to make a judgement call?
I believe they are.
Here’s the thing: Nick Foles has absolutely zero playoff experience. He’s unaware and unfamiliar of the pressure and stage that comes with the territory. Playoff football is much more intense, and up against a defense like New Orleans who boast a very, very good defensive front featuring Cameron Jordan, Foles is in for a different kind of game.
On the other hand, Drew Brees has been there. He knows what it takes to win in the postseason, having already won a Super Bowl in his career. Brees will be at the very top of his game, rest assured. Philadelphia’s defense has been one of the worst in the league in 2013, and against an offense putting up nearly 310 passing yards per game, they could get downright shredded.
The difference between the Saints and Eagles is the fact that New Orleans’ defense comes into this one as the far superior unit. Foles gets to take on the NFL’s 2nd-ranked pass defense after finishing the year as one of the top passers in the game. Like I said, mix the pressure of the playoffs, his first career playoff start and a top-ranked defense, it isn’t going to matter whether or not Foles is at home against a poor road team like the Saints.
New Orleans should be heavily favored in this one. Mark my words, the Saints will come away with a victory by double digits.