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3 things to know as the Eagles host the Saints in Week 14

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The Eagles have lost four games since their bye week and are in danger of losing their fifth straight on Sunday.

The Eagles (3-8-1) are underdogs as they face the Saints (10-2) at Lincoln Financial Field.

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And here are three things to know:

1. The biggest storyline heading into this game is obviously the first-career start for rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts, who will become the youngest Eagles starter in the NFL’s modern era.

The Eagles’ offense has been broken for a while and it wasn’t all Carson Wentz’s fault but the spark that Hurts provided to the team against the Packers was undeniable. And Doug Pederson made the decision to start Hurts this week.

We’ll see what the Eagles’ looks like on Sunday. They haven’t scored more than 17 points since the bye week. But with Hurts, the Eagles will look different. They might not look better, but they’ll look different. The Eagles would be wise to cater their offense to Hurts, which means we’ll see a lot of zone-reads and ways to utilize Hurts’ skills. And Pederson would also be wise to utilize Miles Sanders more in this game.

2. Jason Peters is out for the season to have surgery on his toe, so the Eagles will have yet another offensive line combination today. This will amazingly be their 12th combination in 13 games.

LT: Jordan Mailata

LG: Isaac Seumalo

C: Jason Kelce

RG: Nate Herbig 

 

RT: Jack Driscoll

Just two of those five were expected to be in the starting lineup. The one bright spot in all this is that younger players like Mailata, Herbig and Driscoll are getting valuable reps during this lost season. Mailata might have a chance to win that starting gig next year, but even if he doesn’t, he has proven himself to be a very capable backup. And then Herbig and Driscoll aren’t expected to be the starters when Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson return for 2021, but they will at least be adequate backups going forward.

3. The Eagles began the week at 6.5-point underdogs but that line has since moved to 7.5 points. It’s pretty rare for the Eagles to be a 7.5-point home underdog. In fact, according to StatHead, it’s happened just seven times since 1993.

In those seven games, the Eagles are actually 4-3 straight up and 6-1 against the spread. Earlier this year, they were 10.5-point underdogs against the Ravens and lost 30-28, easily covering.

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