Friday, January 12, 2007


Well, when the "Underdogs-in-their-own-town" Eagles come to the SuperDome on Saturday night to play the Saints, their defense won't blitz New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees as much as they did the Giants' Eli Manning. Brees is no novice quarterback and can recognize schemes quicker and betteer. The Eagles will be without cornerback Lito Sheppard, so they will try to mask that by beefing up the coverage.
Look for big games for Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush (See this position breakdown).
The Saints will play conservative early but will take shots downfield at the cornerback who is taking Lito Sheppard's place. Although he has started before, he'll be in over his head against the noisy Dome.
The Eagles are slow starters but the offensive coaches will both have wrinkles. They allowed 48 first-possession points (six touchdowns and two field goals) this season. In their earlier meeting, the Saints had a 17-3 lead before the Eagles came roaring back.

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