Saints vs. Eagles Spread Prediction
Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles are once again underdogs in the postseason, this time in New Orleans where they’ll face the Saints at 4:40 p.m. ET in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Will Foles and Co. come through for bettors once again?
307 Philadelphia Eagles at 308 New Orleans Saints
4:40 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 13, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Saints are 8-point favorites to beat the Eagles. The total, meanwhile, sits at 52 points. As of this writing, 57% of the public betting tickets are on the Eagles to cover the point spread.
Golden Tate (knee) will play in the Divisional Round against the Saints. Tate was limited to start the week but was removed from the injury report on Friday, as expected. His 8 targets in Philly's Wild Card win over Chicago matched his season-high with the Eagles as the team leaned on more three-wide sets to exploit the Bears' injury-riddled secondary. Tate will be needed again on Sunday if the Eagles stand to match the Saints point-for-point on the road.
New Orleans Saints
Saints LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) is expected to play in Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Eagles. Armstead sat out the regular season finale but was removed from the injury report this week. He isn't 100 percent, but he's healthy enough to play. Armstead's blind-side presence is a boost for Drew Brees and the Saints' pass protection.
NFL Betting Trends
The Eagles are a perfect 4-0 against the spread in their last four playoff games, all of which came when they were an underdog.
The Saints are 25-6 at the betting window in their last 31 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
Why bet against Foles at this point? Or Doug Pederson? Or the Eagles in the role of an underdog? They continue to not only cover, but win games outright. It started a year ago when they host the Falcons in the Divisional Round as a small dog, then beat the Vikings outright in the NFC Championship, followed by the Patriots in the Super Bowl and then last Sunday, the Bears in Chicago as a 6.5-point dog. No reason to doubt that Foles and Co. can’t keep this game close. They won’t be able to run the ball, but Foles has a knack of hitting some big plays to Alshon Jeffery and tight end Zach Ertz. The Eagles have also been playing much better defensively since the last time these two teams met, which resulted in the Saints throttling Philly 48-7 in the Superdome. Surely Malcolm Jenkins and the rest of the Eagles remember how Sean Payton continued to throw the ball deep in the second half despite the score being out of hand. Things should be closer this time around.
NFL Divisional Round Predictions: Philadelphia Eagles +8