Expect High-Powered Offensive Matchup Between Eagles, Saints

By Bob Francis
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Each year the playoffs produce the greatest matchups the NFL can imagine. Normally, it takes a few weeks to see a game between two teams that can put on an offensive show. However, this year, Wild Card weekend will see the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints take the field. The two teams have spent the year posting some of the best and brightest spectaculars of offensive firepower that can be seen. Now, they’ll face each other.

Drew Brees leads the Saints into Philadelphia having passed for more than 5,000 yards for the third-consecutive year. He finished 2013 second to only Peyton Manning in that category, as well as in touchdowns thrown. Brees has long been regarded as a future Hall of Famer and one of the best passers in the game. His offense during the regular season averaged nearly 400 yards of total offense a game and posted nearly 26 points. He has plenty of offensive weapons, including league-leading tight end Jimmy Graham. They pose a great challenge to the Philadelphia defense all night.

Opposing Brees is second-year Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles, who has taken the NFL by storm in 2013. Foles posted the highest quarterback rating, and the third highest in history, this year, throwing 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions, 10 fewer than his counterpart. He has found a way to spread the ball around and keep defenses off balance by keeping them guessing. Using his array of weapons, including league-leading rusher LeSean McCoy, Foles has quickly taken to Chip Kelly’s high-tempo offense and solidly put himself in line to be the future in Philadelphia.

There could be plenty of fireworks and a high-scoring affair with these two offenses in the building on Saturday, but if the weather has anything to do with it, it will be more about being effective than putting on a show. Either way, all eyes will be on the men behind center as they attempt to lead their teams to a playoff win and an opportunity to extend their season.

Bob Francis is a Philadelphia Eagles contributor for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @rfrancisjr, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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