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Eagles-Saints Final Score: 10 things we learned from Philadelphia's dominant win over New Orleans

Here's what we learned from the Philadelphia Eagles' 39-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are now 2-3 on the 2015 NFL regular season schedule after defeating the New Orleans Saints by a final score of 39-10. Here are 10 things we learned from this lopsided game. There is a lot to discuss, so let's get right to it.

1) The Eagles are still alive

2-3 is certainly a lot less worse than 1-4. The Eagles are now 1-3 in conference games as well. It's not great, but this win keeps the Eagles' 2015 season alive. Especially in a weak NFC East division. This was a must-win game. Give credit to Chip Kelly for putting his players in the position to #execute.

2) The Saints are very bad

As much as the Eagles deserve credit for playing well in their blowout win, it should be noted that the Saints are just a terrible team right now. Rob Ryan's defense can't stop anyone, and there are a number of issues on offense to work out. The Eagles won't have the fortune of playing a team as bad as the Saints every week. Still, it's a good sign that the Eagles blew them out instead of needing to beat them in a close game.

3) Sam Bradford helped turn the team around, but he still needs to be better

According to multiple players, part of the reason why Philadelphia rebounded on offense is due to the inspirational words of Bradford during a players-only meeting in the shower. It's a good sign that Bradford showed some leadership, but it's even more important that he backed up his words with a decent showing on the field. Bradford finished with 333 yards on 45 attempts (7.4 average), two touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 88.5 passer rating. He had plenty of time to throw; he didn't face a lot of pressure. His performance was far from perfect, but it was good enough to beat the lowly Saints.

Moving forward, Bradford still has a lot of room to improvement. The interceptions he threw in the end zone were costly. The first pass intended for Riley Cooper was just a terrible throw. The ball should have never been so underthrown. Bradford's struggles with ball placement are very concerning, especially when he can't execute simple throws.

4) The offensive line is still capable of being good

Jason Kelce called the Eagles offensive line "a disgrace" after last week's game, and rightfully so. This week was a different story. The Eagles held up very well in pass protection; they didn't allow a single sack. Philadelphia gained a total of 519 total yards. Good blocking allowed Eagles running backs to run for a total of two touchdowns and 186 yards on 34 carries, which is an average of 5.5 per attempt. Give extra credit to starting tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson. They were playing through injuries in this one.

4) Ryan Mathews is more effective than DeMarco Murray

During the game, I noted on Twitter that Mathews looks "springier" than Murray. He just looks more effective when he runs the ball. The numbers don't lie, either. Mathews finished with 73 yards on eight carries for an average of 9.1 yards. Murray, meanwhile, finished with 83 yards on 20 attempts. Murray looks too slow at times. He runs into his offensive linemen too often. Mathews needs to continue to get more touches.

5) Fletcher Cox reminded everyone he's a BEAST

Fletcher Cox is a beast.

6) Jordan Hicks is a revelation

What really impresses me about Hicks is how consistent he's been. He doesn't look like a rookie out there. Hicks amazingly has three fumble recoveries in his last three games played. So far this season, Hicks has 27 tackles, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, an interception, and two pass breakups. It'll be interesting to see how the Eagles handle Hicks when Mychal Kendricks and/or Kiko Alonso return. Hicks is playing too well to not be on the field right now.

7) Josh Huff is alive

Josh Huff has been really quiet this season, and he only played four snaps last week. Kelly said that the Eagles need  Huff to be a big contributor on this team, and he was on Sunday. Huff set the tone early by returning the opening kickoff 40 yards. Then he scored his first career touchdown on a 41-yard catch-and-run reception. Huff finished the game with four receptions for 78 yards and one score. Moving forward, the team could really benefit from him being more consistent.

8) Marcus Smith exists!

2014 first round pick Marcus Smith was actually active for this game! And he recorded his first career defensive tackle! And he pressured Drew Brees into throwing a pass that was picked off by Walter Thurmond! It wasn't much ... but I guess the Eagles will take this over nothing?

9) Byron Maxwell is looking better

Maxwell seemed to have a good game. It sure helps that he didn't have to face a top receiver and the Eagles defense was getting pressure on Brees, but it's still encouraging considering how much Maxwell has struggled this season. Maxwell recorded two tackles, a pass breakup, and a fumble recovery.

10) Caleb Sturgis is still a concern

The good news is that Sturgis hit four field goals, with his longest being from 41 yards out. The bad news is that Sturgis missed an extra point. That's his second missed extra point through two games. As Corey Seidman points out, only two kickers have missed two extra points this season and both have been cut. Sturgis is still probably safe for now since there aren't clearly better options out there, but he's definitely still skating on thin ice.