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Scouting the Saints 2015 schedule: Week 5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The New Orleans Saints will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Here is a positional preview of the match-ups we expect to see in the Week 5 contest!

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The Saints face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Philadelphia on Sunday, October 11th. The last time the Saints traveled to Philly, they walked away with a first round play-off victory. The make-up of both teams have changed since then.

Series Match-up All-Time

Saints  13 - Eagles 16

Last 5 Games

(2013-2014) Saints 26, Eagles 24 (P)

(2012-2013) Saints 28, Eagles 13

(2009-2010) Saints 48, Eagles 22

(2007-2008) Eagles 38, Saints 23

(2006-2007)Saints 27, Eagles 24 (P)

Sean Payton has definitely tipped the fortunes of this series into the Saints favor. Since his arrival, the Saints are 4-1 against the Eagles with 2 wins coming in the playoffs, the biggest coming en route to a Superbowl title!

2014-2015 Eagles Totals

(Saints #1 total offense, #31 total defense according to ESPN)

Total Offense # 5

Passing/YPG # 6

Rushing/YPG # 9

Total Defense # 28

Passing/YPG # 31

Rushing/YPG # 15

Projected Rosters





Drew Brees

Sam Bradford

Luke McCown

Mark Sanchez

Garrett Grayson

Matt Barkley


Mark Ingram

DeMarco Murray

CJ Spiller

Darren Sproles

Khiry Robinson

Ryan Matthews


Brandin Cooks

Jordan Matthews

Marques Colston

Nelson Algholor

Nick Toon

Riley Cooper


Benjamin Watson

Brent Celek

Josh Hill

Zach Ertz


Terron Armstead

Jason Peters


Tim Lelito

Allen Barbe


Max Unger

Jason Kelce


Jahri Evans

Matt Tobin


Zach Strief

Lane Johnson



Akiem Hicks

Cedric Thornton


Kevin Williams

Bennie Logan



Cam Jordan

Fletcher Cox


Hau'oli Kikaha

Connor Barwin


Stephone Anthony

Demeco Ryans


Dannell Ellerbe

Mychal Kendricks


Anthony Spencer

Brandon Graham


Keenan Lewis

Nolan Carroll


Brandon Browner

Byron Maxwell


Delvin Breaux

Jaylen Watkins


Kenny Vaccaro

Malcolm Jenkins


Jairus Byrd

Walter Thurmond

Special Teams


Dustin Hopkins

Cody Parkey


Thomas Morstead

Donnie Jones

Key Eagles


Jordan Matthews - Matthews is a solid young player who will be critical to the Eagles offensive success. After a productive rookie season, Matthews is set to break-out as the top target in Chip Kelly's offense. The success of the Eagles quarterback will be heavily staked in performance of the young wide receiver.

DeMarco Murray - In 2014, Murray piled up over 1,800 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns while topping 100 yards in 12 games. This is 2015 and Murray is now an Eagle. Critics and fans alike have said that Murray was the beneficiary of a high quality offensive line and nothing else. It is critical that he prove them wrong and demonstrate an ability to produce on the ground, even behind the Eagles average offensive line.

The QB Position - Sam Bradford is the starting quarterback, right now. Unfortunately, Bradford has struggled to stay on the field for full seasons due to injury. Waiting in the wings again for the Eagles will be a rejuvenated Mark Sanchez. After starting QB Nick Foles went down to injury in 2014, Sanchez stepped in and performed well in relief duty. Matt Barkley sits at 3rd behind Sanchez and Tim Tebow is on the preseason roster, but he and/or Barkley could be gone by the week 5 match-up with the Saints.


Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond - The Seattle Seahawks pieced together a strong secondary in 2012 & 2013, two of those pieces are now in Philly. Thurmond is expected to play safety alongside Malcolm Jenkins, while Maxwell will lock up a starting CB job. The Eagles have a decent front seven, so it's reasonable to believe the Eagles secondary will be good enough to improve on the 31st pass defense ranking. With at least 3 physical players on the back-end, the Eagles could be tough on many QBs in 2015.


Oregon Ducks East is getting into full swing in Philly, but will the offense be able to win shootouts on a weekly basis? Though the Eagles made moves to improve their secondary, pass defense is not just coverage, it also requires pass rush. It is reasonable to believe that only a slight improvement in the area won't be enough to ramp up the defense and will keep the Eagles firmly in second place in their division behind the Cowboys. In addition, the Saints will have Philly's number and pull off a road win in this one.

Feedback on depth chart and other bits of information to include in this series is appreciated.