The Eagles were blown out by the Saints in New Orleans. Hardly a surprise. Final score: 48 to 7.
The Eagles are now 4-6 through the first 10 games of the 2018 NFL season.
Saints 11th drive: Saints take a knee to FINALLY end this stupid game.
Eagles 11th drive: Eagles drive into the red zone. First time all day. Then Wentz is sacked. Then Tate is flagged for offensive pass interference. Eagles backed up to the Saints’ 28-yard line. Wentz throws another pick right to a Saints defender in the end zone. Miscommunication with Goedert?
Saints 10th drive: Teddy Bridgewater in at quarterback for the Saints now. Saints go three-and-out.
Eagles 10th drive: Wentz throws deep again and it’s underthrown again and it’s picked off again.
Saints 9th drive: Saints move into goal-to-go-territory. Jordan Hicks gets hurt, shocker. Saints decide to show the Eagles some mercy and kick a field goal. Saints lead, 48-7.
Eagles 9th drive: Wentz’s 4th-and-1 pass for Alshon Jeffery is broken up. Turnover on downs.
Saints 8th drive (continued): Douglas hurt now. So is long snapper Rick Lovato. When it rains, it pours.. Saints get to 4th-and-7 from the Eagles’ 38-yard line. They go for it. Kamara burns Malcolm Jenkins in coverage and it’s a touchdown. Wow. Saints lead, 45-7.
Saints 8th drive: Saints take a deep shot to Smith for a big gain to bring up the end of the third.
Eagles 8th drive: Eagles can’t do much and have to punt. Cameron Johnston with a tackle on Kamara. Highlight of the day?
Saints 7th drive: Saints move into the red zone and score another touchdown without much difficulty. Saints lead, 38-7.
Eagles 7th drive: Eagles have to burn a timeout due to only having 10 men on the field. They’ve really got their stuff together. Wentz’s 3rd-and-5 pass to Dallas Goedert is underthrown. The rookie still had a chance to catch it but couldn’t bring it in. Pederson goes for it on 4th-and-5. Wentz fails to handle the snap and then throws high for an incompletion. Turnover on downs.
Saints 6th drive: Tre Sullivan flagged for offside on the opening kickoff of the second half. He’s been a disaster on special teams this year. Saints move into Eagles territory with ease. Brees hit Thomas for a touchdown. Rasul Douglas toasted in coverage. Saints lead, 31-7.
Eagles 6th drive: Eagles start at their own 7-yard line thanks to a special teams penalty on Richard Rodgers. So glad the Eagles used one of their two IR return spots on him. Wentz is sacked on third down. Saints take their final timeout and the Eagles run the ball with Wendell Smallwood, who is tackled for a loss, to mercifully bring up the end of the first half.
Saints 5th drive: Jones not wearing his helmet now. Eagles down to Rasul Douglas, Chandon Sullivan, Cre’Von LeBlanc, and De’Vante Bausby at corner. Saints move into Eagles territory. Brees fits a ball to Tre’Quan Smith in tight coverage for a touchdown. Saints lead, 24-7.
Eagles 5th drive: Eagles pound the rock twice with Adams to pick up another first down. He then leaves the field to get his left foot wrapped. Wentz completes a pass to Clement to bring up a key 3rd-and-3 around midfield. Doug Pederson calls a timeout to dial up a play. The play results in Wentz getting sacked for a 9-yard loss. Wisniewski, playing at center, beaten badly by Sheldon Rankins there. Sigh. Wentz had Zach Ertz open for a first down but he didn’t have the time to get the ball off.
Saints 4th drive: Three-and-out for the Saints. Taysom Hill getting snaps instead of Brees is just a break for Philly’s defense. Thanks, Sean Payton.
Eagles 4th drive: Hm, can the Eagles actually do anything on offense here? Maybe. Eagles move the ball through the air to the Saints’ territory thanks in part to some Golden Tate receptions. Then Adams breaks a 28-yard touchdown run. Good blocking up front from the offensive line. At least there’s not gonna be a shutout! Saints lead, 17-7.
Saints 3rd drive (continued): Jones back in now. Just in time for the defense to allow Mark Ingram to jog into the end zone for an easy touchdown. Saints lead, 17-0.
Saints 3rd drive: Alvin Kamara takes a carry for 16 yards. Easy. Now Sidney Jones is hurt after a Saints incompletion and Chandon Sullivan is in. This is fine. Nigel Bradham gets beat in coverage to allow a big completion over the middle.
Eagles 3rd drive: Stefen Wisniewski in at center. Wentz is sacked on first down but the Saints are flagged for defensive holding. Wentz airs it deep for Nelson Agholor but it’s underthrown and easily picked off by Marshon Lattimore. This game is going great!
Wentz angrier than we've ever seen him pic.twitter.com/zKIOlmJUue— Ben Livingston (@bliv94) November 18, 2018
Saints 2nd drive: Michael Thomas works Sidney Jones in coverage to put the Saints at the Eagles’ 28-yard line. Rough start for Jones. Maddox gives up a conversion to bring up 1st-and-goal. Maddox then goes down holding knee after breaking up a play in the end zone. Terrible news for the Eagles, who are already thin in the secondary. Brees connects with Austin Carr for a touchdown. Saints lead, 10-0.
Eagles 2nd drive: Corey Clement takes the kickoff 45 yards to set up the Eagles with good field position. Nice of CC to finally make a play. Wentz’s first down pass is incomplete as he’s pressured. Then he keeps and runs to bring up 3rd-and-4. Wentz’s pass for Jordan Matthew is incomplete. Eli Apple had a fist full of JMatt’s jersey but no call. Another three-and-out. Also, Jason Kelce is hurt.
On what planet is this not pass interference? pic.twitter.com/30hSVXUDne— Ben Livingston (@bliv94) November 18, 2018
Saints 1st drive: Sidney Jones starting on the outside with Avonte Maddox in the nickel. Mark Ingram’s first carry goes for a 30-yard gain. Cool stuff, defense. Drew Brees throws short of the sticks on third down in Eagles territory. The Saints attempt a 38-yard field goal and Will Lutz makes it. Well, that could’ve been worse. Saints lead, 3-0.
Eagles 1st drive: Eagles start at their own 15-yard line due to a special teams penalty on Tre Sullivan. Josh Adams gets the first carry and is tackled for a loss. Carson Wentz targets Golden Tate on second down but the ball is tipped and incomplete. Adams gets 10 yards on a screen to bring up 4th-and-1. Punt. God forbid you trust Wentz there instead of an undrafted rookie running back. Or be aggressive there and try to get the first.
Coin toss: Saints win the toss, elect to defer. Eagles offense up first.
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Well, the Philadelphia Eagles will play a football game today.
We don’t know if they’ll make it competitive or interesting, but they will play. That much is guaranteed.
It’s obviously hard to feel great about the Eagles’ chances in this one. Philadelphia is coming off a highly disappointing loss to Dallas that dropped them to 4-5 on the season.
The New Orleans Saints, meanwhile, are 8-1 after absolutely demolishing a Bengals team that was 5-3 heading into last Sunday. The top scoring Saints are averaging 42 points in their last three game. Talk about a force to be reckoned with.
The Eagles have their work cut out for them as significant underdogs heading into this game. Maybe the Eagles can successfully channel that “us against the world” mentality that served them well on their way to their Super Bowl victory earlier this year. Or maybe the Eagles are really just due for an absolute butt-whipping.
How the Eagles perform today might tell us about how the rest of the season could go.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the game.
Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter)
Referee: Carl Cheffers (Eagles 7-6 in 13 games)
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | New Orleans, Louisiana
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | SIRIUS: 113 (Phi), 83 (NO) | XM: 384 (Phi), 225 (NO) | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are heavy road underdogs.
Philadelphia Eagles +8 (-105)
New Orleans Saints -8 (-115)
The Eagles are 16-11 in 27 all-time regular season appearances against the Saints. These two teams last played during the 2015 NFL season. The Eagles won that game, 39 to 17.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)