The Philadelphia Eagles made a major change after two miserable seasons, swapping Andy Reid for Chip Kelly. Kelly was a college football wonder but there were big questions as to whether his offense could translate into the NFL. After a short stint with Michael Vick, Kelly went to Nick Foles and it’s been all gravy from there. The Egales are 10-6 and just won the NFC East by beating Dallas in Dallas. Foles has been about as steady as any second year quarterback in the NFL and is now solidly entrenched as the starter.
Philadelphia has everything going their way. They’ve experienced no major injuries. The team has gotten better as the season progressed. The Eagles offense has scored 30+ points eight times this season. LeSean McCoy is leading the NFl in rushing, and Kelly mixes things up well. If there is one fly in the ointment it’s the fact that having the game played in Philadelphia is a mixed bag. The Eagles, against all odds, are better on the road than they are at home.
The New Orleans Saints wield one of the most potent offenses in the NFl with Drew Brees. However, the Saints have lost five of eight games travelling and the weather could very well be a factor in this game. It’s also going to be a huge challenge for the Saints defense to keep LeSean McCoy in check. Sean Payton and Drew Brees, while very succesful, have not been able to get things done on the road in the postseason. That has to change if the Saints want a chance at revenge in Seattle.