There are a couple of ways to look at the Divisional Round in the NFL playoffs. There are some bettors who like the teams that played in the Wild Card Weekend, believing that playing in and winning a postseason game gives them the confidence they need to make a deep run. On the flipside, there are those who prefer the team that is coming off the first-round bye, believing that it will give the starters some much-needed rest before the next challenge comes around.
We will get a better idea of how things will look this weekend when the Divisional Rounds gets underway, with the final game of the weekend coming on Sunday afternoon when the defending Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles head to New Orleans to face a Saints team that is considered the betting odds favorite to win it all this season. As you might expect, it is the home team and the higher seed that is in as the favorite for this one. The Saints are an 8-point favorite, with the point total set at 50 ½.
Eagles vs Saints NFC Divisional Round Spread & Prediction
- When: Sunday, January 13 at 4:40 PM EST
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
- TV: FOX
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL League Pass
- NFC Divisional Round Spread: New Orleans Saints -7.5 (Total 50.5)
Why bet on the Philadelphia Eagles?The Philadelphia Eagles certainly know what it takes to be a Super Bowl champion after winning it all last season. A repeat performance looked highly unlikely just a few short weeks ago, but the Eagles turned their season around by winning 5 of their last 6 regular season games to sneak into the final Wild Card spot in the NFC.
It was widely believed that their run would come to an end in the Wild Card with a trip to Chicago on tap, but they somehow managed to survive, pulling out an improbable 16-15 win. The Eagles are now 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games, not to mention 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games away from home. The good run does not extend to games against the New Orleans Saints, with Philly going just 1-4 SU and ATS in their last 5 meetings.
- Average Score For: 22.53
- Total Yards: 361.47
- Rush Yards: 94.82
- Passing Yards: 266.65
- Average Score Against: 21.35
- Total Yards: 365.94
- Rush Yards: 95.06
- Passing Yards: 270.88
Why bet on the New Orleans Saints?
The Saints are coming off a spectacular 13-3 season, and while they dropped their final game of the regular season to the Carolina Panthers, the vast majority of their starters were on the sidelines for that one. Overall, the Saints went 7-1 SU at home this season, taking their home record to an impressive 14-2 in their last 16 games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
As far as the point total goes, 5 of the last 7 for New Orleans have gone UNDER, but that all changes in home games, with 9 of the last 13 games in New Orleans going OVER the point total. The OVER has also been the predominant outcome when the Eagles and the Saints go head to head, with 6 of the last 9 meetings going that route.
- Average Score For: 31.50
- Total Yards: 379.18
- Rush Yards: 126.56
- Passing Yards: 252.62
- Average Score Against: 22.06
- Total Yards: 349.06
- Rush Yards: 80.25
- Passing Yards: 268.81
Eagles vs Saints NFC Divisional Round Betting Trends
- Philadelphia is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games on the road
- New Orleans is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
- New Orleans is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 7 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Eagles vs Saints
The New Orleans Saints bowed out early in the postseason last year, but I think they are just too good to have it happen in back to back seasons. I think the Saints win this one quite comfortably, covering the spread in the process.
Score: Philadelphia Eagles 17 – New Orleans Saints 30