The Eagles clearly have the toughest draw on the board in the divisional round, and their opening +8 number shows oddsmakers aren’t expecting this one to be particularly close.
That’s because New Orleans is one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, evidenced by the Saints winning 14 of their last 16 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
New Orleans is 5-0 at home in the playoffs since Sean Payton took over as head coach in 2006.
When it comes to the total, betting trends are pointing to an UNDER in this one. In the past four meetings between the Saints and Eagles, the UNDER is 3-1 with an average combined score of 50.5 points. The Saints have also gone below the closing total in five of their past seven in Louisiana with an average combined score of 42.1 points.
Look, the Saints are the Super Bowl LIII favorites for a reason. They’re the best team in football right now and it’s not close.
They have all the makings of a championship team.
It’s going to be closer than sportsbooks think, however, as the Eagles continue to achieve seemingly improbable feats behind Foles.
I think the Eagles’ run stops here, but I expect them to keep it close and cover the spread in the process.