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Week 9: Philadelphia Eagles Vs. New Orleans Saints

Eagles
Saints
Eagles RB
Saints QB
Quarterback
Even if we overlooked the QB controversy brewing in Philadelphia it would be hard to choose most NFL teams over the 1st ranked passing team. With Michael Vick now in the media spotlight on whether, or not Andy Reid should bench him for Nick Foles, there is a lot more pressure on Vick than in past weeks. Noted this season for being one of the most turnover prone QB's, there is no second guessing in this QB competition between Brees and Vick.
Winner With the #1 passing offense in the NFL. Drew Brees is the heart and soul of the New Orleans Saints. With a last ranked defense and last ranked rushing offense (32nd), The arm of Brees is the only thing keeping the Saints as a top five offense in the NFL.
Offense
When the Eagles offense actually works, it can be lethal. The Eagles haven't been able to efficiently use LeSean McCoy to his potential this season and DeSean Jackson has almost been a complete non factor. Jeremy Maclin has been a bright spot, but like McCoy they need to utilize him much more in the offensive gameplan. As Vick said at the beginning of the season, "This team could be a dynasty", but as long as Vick is making bad decisions and turning the ball over. It doesn't seem to be in the Eagles future. If the Eagles can capitalize on the Saints worst ranked defense, then there might be a gleam of hope.
Winner Even with a 32nd ranked rushing game, the Saints still have a top 5 offense thanks to Brees and company. With the numbers the passing attack puts up every week it should still be a huge challenge for the Eagles to stop the Saints offense.
Defense
Winner More than likely the only reason the Eagles have stayed in the games they ended up winning this season. Currently ranked 12th in the NFL, the defense definitely needs to show up once again to pull a win out of the bag for Philadelphia.
Really nothing to talk about here. With the last ranked defense in the NFL and one of three NFL teams giving up more than 30 points a game. Not to mention giving up almost 500 yards per game, something needs to change.
Special Teams
Much like their opponents, we have been waiting all year to see something out of their special teams. Unlike their opponents, they don't seem to have an answer. Between Damaris Johnson, Mardy Gilyard, Brandon Boykin and DeSean Jackson, they really haven't found the solution.
Winner Kicker Garrett Hartley is 7/9 this season on field goal attempts with a long of 53 yards and has hit on all 21 extra points this season. In the return game, Darren Sproles hasn't really shown us much. Averaging 7.4 yards a return with a long of 16 yards and no touchdowns. There is still a lot to be desired on special teams.

The Winner Is

Saints QB
Winner Saints
3 out of 4

Even though the Saints have a slight edge, this one is truly a toss up. Both teams are struggling in different aspects of their game and it will really come down to who is going to get it together this season. The Saints cannot afford to let their defense and rushing game continue at the rate it has and the Eagles need to decide on whether they want to be a contender, or not. Which ever team takes their coach's word to heart can perhaps change the direction of their season instead of continuing the downward spiral.

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