Eagles vs Saints : The streaking Saints aim for their ninth straight win when they host the defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles on Sunday. It’s a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans looks unstoppable right now, having scored the ninth-most points in NFL history through nine games (331). They lit up the scoreboard for 45 and 51 points the last two weeks.
At 4-5, the Eagles face a must-win scenario if they hope to defend their crown, so they’ll be highly motivated. Sportsbooks list New Orleans as a 7.5-point favorite in the latest Eagles vs. Saints odds after the line moved as high as nine. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 56, up from an open of 54. Before you make any Eagles vs. Saints picks, listen to what Larry Hartstein has to say.
SportsLine’s senior analyst and resident Saints expert is a stunning 15-5 in his last 20 picks involving the Saints after easily nailing New Orleans (-5) over Cincinnati last week. “A.J. Green’s absence, combined with the Bengals’ horrific defense, means I’m on the Saints to cover their seventh straight overall and improve to 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games. Lay it,” urged Hartstein. The result: Saints 51, Bengals 14 — anyone who listed to him didn’t even break a sweat.
Moreover, Hartstein is a ridiculous 33-14 on all NFL point-spread picks this season. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up. Now, he has pounced on what he calls a mistake in the Eagles-Saints spread. He’s sharing his pick over at SportsLine.
Hartstein knows that New Orleans is averaging 37.3 points at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which would be the fifth-most in NFL history at home. Quarterback Drew Brees is completing 77.3 percent of his throws and has accounted for 24 touchdowns against only one turnover.
With an array of weapons including wideout Michael Thomas and running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, Brees knows this is his golden chance for a second Super Bowl ring.
But just because the Saints have covered seven straight games doesn’t mean they’ll do it again against a desperate team with a championship pedigree.
Philly has not been an underdog all season, an indication of their prodigious talent. And the Eagles are 7-3 against the spread following a straight-up loss.
They’ll look to slow down Brees with a proud defense that ranks sixth in points allowed (20.3 per game). If the game turns into a shootout, quarterback Carson Wentz has shown he can keep up. He’s thrown 14 touchdowns against two interceptions over his last six outings and averages 307 passing yards per game this season. Zach Ertz leads all tight ends with 789 receiving yards and is coming off a monster performance in which he torched the Cowboys for 14 grabs, 145 yards and two touchdowns.
We can tell you Hartstein is leaning Over, but his much stronger play is against the spread. He says a strong x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.
So which side of the Eagles vs. Saints spread should you back? And what strong x-factor causes one side of the spread hit hard? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over, all from the seasoned expert who’s on a 15-5 heater on Saints’ picks.