When the Eagles run the ball

The Eagles lost two of their top running backs, Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement, to injuries earlier in the season. They had the third-lowest rush average in the league during the regular season, 3.9 yards per carry, and were held to 1.8 yards per carry in the wild-card win over the Bears. In their last five games, they have averaged just 3.0 yards per carry.

Sixteen of their 23 rushing attempts against the Bears gained two or fewer yards. Rookie Josh Adams had been their most productive runner, but he played just one snap against the Bears. Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood split the workload, but neither was particularly effective.

The Saints were second in run defense (80.2 yards per game) and opponent rush average (3.6). Because the Saints jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the teams' Week 11 meeting, the Eagles ran the ball only 12 times. The Saints have held opponents to 3.5 yards per carry on first down, the second-best average in the league. They’ve allowed the second-fewest 10-plus-yard runs (30).

EDGE: Saints

When the Eagles throw the ball

The Eagles have won four games in a row since Nick Foles replaced injured Carson Wentz at quarterback. Wentz had the worst game of his career against the Saints in Week 11, throwing three interceptions and finishing with a career-low 31.9 passer rating. Foles threw five interceptions in the last four games, including two against the Bears. But, he also completed 73.2 percent of his attempts and averaged 8.0 yards per attempt. Foles gets the ball out quickly. He averaged just 2.20 seconds from snap to throw in the last four games.

Alshon Jeffery has been a bigger factor with Foles at quarterback. He had 22 catches and a 17.4-yards-per-catch average in the last four games. He had two big catches on the Eagles’ game-winning drive in Chicago.

The Saints have a good pass rush, led by Cam Jordan (12 sacks), but Foles was sacked just once by the Bears. The Saints are beatable on the back end. They were 27th in opponent passer rating (100.3) and 29th in yards allowed per attempt (8.1).

EDGE: Eagles

Eagles- Saints Depth Chart

When the Eagles have the ball

EAGLES

SAINTS

EAGLES OFFENSE

SAINTS DEFENSE

RDE

Alex Okafor

Marcus Davenport

NT

Tyeler Davison

Taylor Stallworth

DT

Sheldon Rankins

David Onyemata

LDE

Cameron Jordan

Trey Hendrickson

WILL

Demario Davis

Craig Robertson

MLB

Alex Anzalone

Manti Te’o

SAM

A.J. Klein

Alex Anzalone

Vince Biegel

LCB

Eli Apple

P.J. Williams

Ken Crawley

SS

Kurt Coleman

Vonn Bell

FS

Marcus Williams

Chris Banjo

RCB

Marshon Lattimore

Justin Hardee

Josh Robinson

P

Thomas Morstead

SE

Alshon Jeffery

Shelton Gibson

LT

Jason Peters

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

LG

Isaac Seumalo

Stefen Wisniewski

C

Jason Kelce

Stefen Wisniewski

RG

Brandon Brooks

Chance Warmack

Matt Pryor

RT

Lane Johnson

H. Vaitai

TE

Zach Ertz

Dallas Goedert

Richard Rodgers

WR

Nelson Agholor

Jordan Matthews

FL

Golden Tate

Mike Wallace

RB

Darren Sproles

Josh Adams

W. Smallwood

Boston Scott

QB

Nick Foles

Nate Sudfeld

Carson Wentz

K

Jake Elliott

JON SNYDER / Staff Artist

Eagles- Saints Depth Chart

When the Eagles have the ball

EAGLES

SAINTS

EAGLES OFFENSE

SE

Alshon Jeffery

Shelton Gibson

LT

Jason Peters

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

LG

Isaac Seumalo

Stefen Wisniewski

C

Jason Kelce

Stefen Wisniewski

RG

Brandon Brooks

Chance Warmack

Matt Pryor

RT

Lane Johnson

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

TE

Zach Ertz

Dallas Goedert

Richard Rodgers

WR

Nelson Agholor

Jordan Matthews

FL

Golden Tate

Mike Wallace

RB

Darren Sproles

Josh Adams

W. Smallwood

Boston Scott

QB

Nick Foles

Nate Sudfeld

Carson Wentz

K

Jake Elliott

SAINTS DEFENSE

RDE

Alex Okafor

Marcus Davenport

NT

Tyeler Davison

Taylor Stallworth

DT

Sheldon Rankins

David Onyemata

LDE

Cameron Jordan

Trey Hendrickson

WILL

Demario Davis

Craig Robertson

MLB

Alex Anzalone

Manti Te’o

SAM

A.J. Klein

Alex Anzalone

Vince Biegel

LCB

Eli Apple

P.J. Williams

Ken Crawley

SS

Kurt Coleman

Vonn Bell

FS

Marcus Williams

Chris Banjo

RCB

Marshon Lattimore

Justin Hardee

Josh Robinson

P

Thomas Morstead

JON SNYDER / Staff Artist