NFL Week 17 Betting Preview: New Orleans Saints At Philadelphia Eagles Odds

Written By Evan Scrimshaw on January 1, 2023
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Week 17 sees a game with playoff implications on both sides, as the barely alive New Orleans Saints (6-9) head on the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles (13-2). Saints vs. Eagles odds have Philadelphia as a spread favorite, despite starting quarterback Jalen Hurts being doubtful to play. New Orleans is on the moneyline to win the game. The total is .

With the Eagles needing a win to clinch home field advantage and the lone bye week in the NFC playoffs, and the Saints needing to run the table to have a chance at the postseason, this game carries great importance to how the NFL playoff picture shakes out.

How To bet on Saints vs. Eagles Odds

If you’re looking at spreads, getting an extra half point on either side can make or break the difference, and getting the best side of totals points markets can be crucial as well. When it comes to moneyline betting, you always want to get the best number possible – all three things that the easy comparison points of the odds table allow.

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Saints vs. Eagles Player Props

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Saints vs. Eagles Betting News & Angles

Eagles Vs. Saints Weather

A high temperature of 54 degrees Fahrenheit, with clear sky and 8 mph winds, is the forecast for Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday (as of 9:21 PM on December 30).

Eagles Vs. Saints Injury Report

Philadelphia Injuries

PlayerPos.InjuryStatusAvg. Snap Count
Jalen HurtsQBShoulderDoubtful68.2
Lane JohnsonOTAbdominalOut64.9
Avonte MaddoxCBToeOut52.7

New Orleans Injuries

PlayerPos.InjuryStatusAvg. Snap Count
Marshon LattimoreCBAbdomenQuestionable60.4
Pete WernerLBHamstringQuestionable56.7
Chris OlaveWRHamstringQuestionable40.7
Dwayne WashingtonRBIllnessOut25.0

Eagles Offense Vs. Saints Defense

Eagles OffenseStats (Rank)Saints Defense
29.7 (1)Points/Gm21.7 (14)
0.4 (1)Points/Play0.3 (1)
397.3 (3)Yards/Gm322.4 (9)
243.5 (9)Pass Yards/Gm190.4 (2)
153.8 (4)Rush Yards/Gm132.0 (23)
6.0 (4)Yards/Play5.0 (5)
7.8 (2)Yards/Pass5.8 (3)
4.7 (7)Yards/Rush4.5 (19)
48.0% (3)3rd Down %41.5% (24)
72.2% (1)Red Zone %48.8% (5)
17 (6)Turnovers11 (32)
35 (16)Sacks40 (9)

Saints Offense Vs. Eagles Defense

Saints OffenseStats (Rank)Eagles Defense
20.2 (22)Points/Gm20.5 (10)
0.3 (16)Points/Play0.3 (1)
337.1 (18)Yards/Gm301.7 (2)
223.0 (16)Pass Yards/Gm181.1 (1)
114.1 (19)Rush Yards/Gm120.7 (18)
5.7 (8)Yards/Play4.8 (1)
7.2 (6)Yards/Pass5.5 (1)
4.3 (19)Yards/Rush4.7 (24)
40.5% (14)3rd Down %38.9% (14)
53.3% (17)Red Zone %54.0% (12)
23 (29)Turnovers26 (2)
30 (9)Sacks61 (1)

Saints vs. Eagles Betting Insights

Reasons The Saints Can Cover The Spread

The Saints do have a top 5 defensive success rate on early downs in the league, which helps keep teams off schedule. Getting good results on first down is crucial to keeping the Eagles off the scoresheet, especially if Gardner Minshew is going to be playing, as is likely.

If the Saints can force Minshew into obvious passing scenarios, he could easily throw the Eagles out of either a lead or certainly a cover – and with a 6.5 point spread, even if the Eagles are comfortably ahead, there’s always a decent backdoor potential.

Reasons The Eagles Can Cover The Spread

Yes, Minshew was inconsistent last week, but the Eagles were still leading into the second half by a substantial margin, before flukey, likely unrepeatable turnovers screwed them.

If Minshew can be competent – not stellar, just competent – the Eagles have a Top 10 defense by both DVOA and PFF grades, which should be able to hold New Orleans to the low to mid teens. If that’s the case, then Minshew just has to score low to mid 20s to cover this, which he easily can with the Eagles’ weapons.

Reasons to bet the over

Andy Dalton and Gardner Minshew both love a bad interception, which could result in defensive touchdowns or short fields, and could speed up the game. The other way this goes over is the Saints’ Rush Defense – bottom half of the league by both DVOA and PFF – gives up a lot of long runs, allowing the Eagles to score quickly despite throwing less.

Reasons to bet the under

The Eagles defense can be suffocating, and if so, Andy Dalton might not be able to score much for the Saints. If so, then the Eagles could get out to a comfortable lead, and with Minshew at the helm, just milk the clock, play a more conservative offense, and comfortably win while not hitting the over.

Saints vs. Eagles Props: Matchups To Watch For

Taysom Hill Rushing Yards – one of the ways the Saints might go about solving the Eagles defense is with Taysom rushing, especially if the Eagles’ vaunted secondary doesn’t give them much to work with. If he gets the touches, the Saints might need him to break a big play or two at a crucial time, and he might be key to whether the Saints cover.

Final Thoughts

The case for the Saints in this game is weak, except for the uncertainty at Quarterback. The Saints defense isn’t special enough to stop the Eagles if Minshew plays even competent football, and the offense is the same level of mediocre it has been all season.

The two things that should be concerning for Eagles bettors is simple – Minshew could easily play sub-replacement football, and it seems like everybody has the Eagles in a teaser this week. Everybody is looking at the same narratives – Eagles need to win! Don’t want to let it go to Week 18! Saints are easier than the Giants next week! – and everyone has a tease with the Eagles and one of more of the other touchdown-ish favourites.

Does it necessarily matter? No, and the Eagles could easily win by 25, especially if Minshew connects on a deep ball to either Brown or Smith, but the idea that Gardner Minshew is not capable of throwing Philadelphia into a spot where they’re down 3 with 4 minutes left is scarily plausible.

Best of luck betting Saints vs. Eagles odds.

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