Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, left, throws the ball as Carson Wentz looks on during practice at the NFL football team’s training facility, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Philadelphia. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)
- The visiting New Orleans Saints are eight-point favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s game at Lincoln Financial Field
- The Saints have won nine games in a row and are 10-2 while the Eagles have lost four in a row and are 3-8-1
- Read below for the best prop bets for this matchup.
It will be the battle of backup quarterbacks when the New Orleans Saints visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Taysom Hill will make his fourth start for the Saints in place of injured Drew Brees. For the Eagles, rookie Jalen Hurts will make his first career start as he subs for the turnover-plagued Carson Wentz.
The Saints are eight-point favorites and the over/under is 43.
Saints vs Eagles Player Props
|Passer||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TDs|
|Taysom Hill (NO)||18.5 (O -104 | U -121)||215.5 (O +100 | U -125)||1.5 (O +115 | U -143)|
|Jalen Hurts (PHI)||18.5 (O -104 | U -121)||215.5 (O +100) | U -124)||1.5 (O +165 | U -210)|
|Rusher||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Total Yards|
|Alvin Kamara (NO)||14.5 (O -120 | U +110)||55.5 (O -128) | U +100)||80.5 (O +105 | U -138)|
|Taysom Hill (NO)||9.5 (O -120 | U -110)||46.5 (O -130 | U +105)||N/A|
|Latavius Murray (NO)||8.5 (O -105 | U -125)||35.5 (O -110) | U -118)||45.5 (O -115 | U -105)|
|Miles Sanders (PHI)||12.5 (O -115 | U -115)||50.5 (O -112) | U -112)||60.5 (O -138 | U +105)|
|Jalen Hurts (PHI)||8.5 (O +100 | U -133)||39.5 (O -112) | U -112)||N/A|
|Receiver||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Michael Thomas (NO)||5.5 (O -143 | U +115)||72.5 (O -112 | U -112)||23.5 (O -110 | U -110)|
|Emmanuel Sanders (NO)||2.5 (O -137 | U +100)||31.5 (O -112 | U -112)||18.5 (O -100 | U +120)|
|Jared Cook (NO)||1.5 (O -125 | U +100)||17.5 (O -143 | U +110)||12.5 (O -115 | U -105)|
|Tre’Quan Smith (NO)||1.5 (O -118 | U -106)||16.5 (O -112 | U -112)||12.5 (O -115 | U -105)|
|Alvin Kamara (NO)||2.5 (O +100 | U -128)||10.5 (O -154 | U +115)||9.5 (O -115 | U -105)|
|Dallas Goedert (PHI)||3.5 (O -112 | U -112)||38.5 (O -112 | U -112)||17.5 (O -110 | U -115)|
|Jalen Reagor (PHI)||2.5 (O -118 | U -106)||31.5 (O -112 | U -112)||16.5 (O -115 | U -105)|
|Greg Ward Jr. (PHI)||2.5 (O -118 | U -106)||27.5 (O -112 | U -112)||15.5 (O -115 | U -105)|
|Zach Ertz (PHI)||2.5 (O -137 | U +110)||26.5 (O +100 | U -125)||15.5 (O +100 | U -120)|
|Travis Fulgham (PHI)||1.5 (O -112 | U -112)||14.5 (O +100 | U -125)||11.5 (O -120 | U +100)|
|Miles Sanders (PHI)||1.5 (O -155 | U +125)||11.5 (O -112 | U -112)||fN/A|
Odds taken Dec. 12 from DraftKings, FoxBet and BetMGM
Problems Versus WR1
The Eagles are seventh in the NFL in pass defense, but the secondary has recently had problems covering premier receivers.
In Week 12, the Seattle Seahawks’ DK Metcalf has 10 receptions for 177 yards in a 23-17 victory in Philadelphia. That accounted for 77% of the Seahawks’ receiving yards and Metcalf’s longest gain was 52 yards.
DK Metcalf made the game-sealing catch and waved off Eagles fans 👋
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 6, 2020
Metcalf admitted he had some motivation in that game. The Eagles bypassed him in the second round of the 2019 draft and instead selected JJ Arcega-Whiteside.
The Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams seemingly does hold a grudge against the Eagles. Nevertheless, he burned the them last week in the Packers’ 30-16 win in Green Bay.
Adams had 121 yards on 10 receptions while scoring two touchdowns. While the scores covered just one and nine yards, Adams also had a beautiful 42-yard catch.
Davante Adams mic’d up on this insane catch vs the Eagles: pic.twitter.com/m9ULDqj18A
— 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚 ³³ 🏰 (9-3) 🧀 (@GoatAaronJones) December 10, 2020
The Saints have gone to a run-heavy offense during the three games that Hill has started, eclipsing 200 yards rushing in two of them. However, Philadelphia’s inability to stop top-flight receivers lately is an indication Michael Thomas should have a big day.
Hampered most of the season by injures, Thomas is coming off his best game of the season with nine receptions for 105 yards in a 21-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
He will keep rolling Sunday.
Pick: Thomas to go OVER 72.5 yards receiving (1 unit)
Eagles are Hurting
Coach Doug Pederson has finally done what Eagles fans have been clamoring for and benched Wentz.
Wentz has been a turnover machine this season. He has thrown a league-high 15 interceptions and lost four fumbles.
Now Hurts get a chance to save the season. Despite being 3-8-1, Philadelphia has slim playoff hopes as it trails the NFC East co-leading New York Giants and Washington Football Team – both 5-7 – by 1.5 games with four remaining.
Breaking News: QB Jalen Hurts will start this Sunday against the Saints. pic.twitter.com/VgGU54flLf
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 8, 2020
The second-round draft pick from Oklahoma saw his first extensive action during the second half of last week’s loss to the Packers. He was a mixed bag.
Hurts then his first career touchdown pass, a 32-yarder to Greg Ward. However, Hurts also completed just five of 12 passes, was intercepted once, and sacked three times.
Jalen Hurts hits Greg Ward for the TD on 4th-and-18. Philly sports radio tomorrow will be something else.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 6, 2020
Hurts was the Heisman Trophy runner-up to Joe Burrow last season.
However, Hurts is going up a Saints defense that is first overall in the NFL, second against the run and fourth against the pass. And that defense has allowed a mere two touchdowns in the last five games.
Pederson is putting Hurts in a difficult spot with this matchup and it could be ugly.
Pick: Hurts to go UNDER 18.5 completions (1 unit)
Saints vs Eagles Scoring Props
|Player||Odds to Score 1st TD||Odds to Score Any TD|
|Taysom Hill (NO)||+425||-175|
|Alvin Kamara (NO)||+550||-134|
|Michael Thomas (NO)||+950||+150|
|Miles Sanders (PHI)||+1200||+200|
|Jalen Hurts (PHI)||+1600||+300|
|Dallas Goedert (PHI)||+1600||+300|
|Zach Ertz (PHI)||+2000||+350|
|Latavius Murray (NO)||+2000||+375|
|Emmanuel Sanders (NO)||+2000||+375|
Odds taken from DraftKings on Dec. 12
Who Will Find The End Zone?
Considering the Saints have been a run-first team since Brees’ injury, running back Alvin Kamara seems certain, as usual, to be a big part of the offense.
Look for Kamara to score the first touchdown as New Orleans establishes the ground game early against the Eagles, who are 25th in the league in run defense.
Alvin Kamara’s 51 career TDs puts him tied for 5th in #Saints history ⚜️
1. Colston – 72
2t. Ingram – 55
2t. McAllister – 55
4. Hilliard – 53
5t. Kamara -51
5t. Graham – 51 pic.twitter.com/oo4JTyY9Ui
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 8, 2020
For reasons mentioned above, Thomas seems like a strong bet to reach the end zone at least once. Surprisingly, that would be his first touchdown of the season after scoring nine last year when he was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
The picks: Alvin Kamara to score first TD (1 unit) and Michael Thomas to score anytime TD (1 unit)
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