NFL Football

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New Orleans 0 7 0 22 29
Philadelphia 14 13 6 7 40
10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , November 21, 2021
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Weather: 52°, Cloudy  Attendance: 69,796

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New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Since 2006, the Saints are 7-3 against the Eagles -- 4-3 in the regular season, and 3-0 in the playoffs. However, they're 2-5 in their last seven games in Philadelphia, with the most recent win coming in the 2013 Wild Card round.
  2. The Saints fell to the Titans last week, 23-21, in Tennessee. They've now lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Both losses have been by two points -- it's the first time they've ever lost consecutive games by fewer than three points.
  3. Mark Ingram II ran for a touchdown last week, his first as a Saint since the 2018 season. His 47 rushing yards on Sunday give him 6124 in his New Orleans career, passing Deuce McAllister (6096) for the most in franchise history.
  4. The Eagles beat the Broncos, 30-13, in Denver on Sunday. The Eagles have three road wins by at least 17 points this season, tied with Buffalo and Arizona for the most such games in the NFL. Philadelphia is 4-2 on the road this season and 0-4 at home.
  5. DeVonta Smith caught four passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns last week. He's the first Eagles rookie with two touchdown catches in a game since Jordan Matthews did it twice in the 2014 season.
  6. The Saints have allowed opponents to get at least four yards on just 40.9 percent of first-down plays this season, the lowest mark in the league. The Eagles are gaining at least four yards on 52.4 percent of their first downs, 10th best in the NFL.
Team Comparison

New Orleans
24.7 Points 25.7
214.7 Pass Yds 217.0
118.9 Rush Yds 144.5
13 Takeaways 9
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Jalen Hurts has come a long way since leading the Philadelphia Eagles to an upset victory over the New Orleans Saints in his first career start 11 months ago.

The Eagles (4-6) are favorites this time against the Saints (5-4) and Hurts is thriving.

"I've grown, been able to build better relationships with my team, learn this city, learn everybody around here since all the changes we've had," Hurts said. "As I've grown, I had to approach it as getting better every day. Just trying to grow as a player, as a leader, as a man."

Hurts' improvement over the past month could change the team's thoughts about pursuing a franchise quarterback in the draft or through a trade after the season. He leads all quarterbacks with 186 yards rushing and is second with a 102.6 passer rating in the last three games.

"I just see him making strides in all aspects of his game," rookie coach Nick Sirianni said. "My job here and Jalen's job is to not focus on franchise quarterback moving forward. It's about, `What can we do today to get us ready for Sunday and what can we do tomorrow to get us ready for Sunday?`"

The Saints have lost two in a row since knocking off Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. They haven't lost three straight since the first three games of the 2016 season.

Quarterback Trevor Siemian suspects one reason is the ability of coach Sean Payton, who has been the team's head coach since 2006, to help players rebound productively from off days.

"He's got a gift for giving the team the right message at the right time, probably just as good as any head coach I've been around," Siemian said. "There's no doubt when we get into a team meeting where our compass is going to be set as a team, and the guys feel that."


The Saints' defensive front has no lack of confidence in its ability to stuff the run, ranking No. 1 in the league with 72.9 yards rushing allowed per game.

But the Eagles present a bit of a different challenge. They're third in the NFL in rushing and gouged New Orleans for 246 yards on the ground in a 24-21 victory last December. Hurts rushed for 106 of those yards, routinely breaking containment and scrambling for significant gains.

"We have some fire built up in us," Saints defensive end Carl Granderson said. "They had a lot of rushing yards against us last year, so we're coming and bringing everything we have this year."


The Saints' offense this season has borne little resemblance to the prolific Payton-designed attacks that led the NFL in passing a half dozen times while Drew Brees was the quarterback. New Orleans ranks second to last in passing, averaging 202.2 yards per game through the air. It hasn't helped that top receiver Michael Thomas is missing this season because of complications related to his offseason ankle surgery.

But last week offered a sign of improvement. Siemian threw for 298 yards and Taysom Hill passed for an additional 11 yards, giving the Saints their most yards passing in a game this season.

"We've hurt ourselves the most, where we're not catching the ball," receiver Marquez Callaway said. "Everyone in the receiver room knows what we're capable of. We just have to go out and play and put it on film. That's the biggest thing."


Miles Sanders is set to return after missing three games with an ankle injury, but Philadelphia had excellent success on the ground with backups Jordan Howard and Boston Scott in his absence. Sanders has averaged 4.8 yards per carry this season and 4.9 in his three-year career. Howard and Scott each are averaging 5.1 yards per carry.

"I know how good of a player that Miles Sanders is, and looking forward to getting him back in there and getting him carries," Sirianni said. "If Miles is healthy and ready to go, he's our starter. But that doesn't mean that every situation equals the same thing, right? Because every situation, you have to be able to adjust and you have to be able to do things, and every situation does have different circumstances and different thought processes behind it."


Sirianni still hasn't tasted victory at home. The Eagles are 0-4 at home, 4-2 on the road. They've lost to the 49ers, Chiefs, Buccaneers and Chargers in Philly.


AP Sports Writer Brett Martel contributed to this report.


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Updated November 18, 2021

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