Eagles-Saints: Predictions, key matchups

The Eagles return home to Lincoln Financial Field for a Week 2 matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

We get you set up for each Eagles game here on Eagletarian with staff picks, key matchups and any breaking news. Les Bowen will blog from the Linc before and during the game. 


Les Bowen: Eagles, 28-26 (For Les' analysis, click here

Ed Barkowitz: Saints, 31-16

Bill Conlin: Eagles, 26-21

Paul Domowitch: Saints, 31-30

Marcus Hayes: Saints 35-21

John Smallwood: Saints, 24-17

Vegas Vic: Saints, 27-24 (For Vic's full Week 2 selections, click here)


As you might have noticed, the Daily News has been swapping stories with the New Orleans Times Picayune this week in an effort to give Philly readers a view of the game from New Orleans. Here are their staff picks:

Brian Allee-Walsh, Saints beat writer: Saints 31-24

Jeff Duncan, Saints columnist: Saints 27-24

Nakia Hogan, NFL writer/features: Saints 31-24

Doug Tatum, sports editor: Saints, 28- 24

Mike Triplett, Saints beat writer: Saints, 27-24

John DeShazier, columnist: Saints, 24-19


1. Eagles RDE Trent Cole vs. Saints LT Jermon Bushrod: Cole is a high-motor pass-rusher who will be going up against a guy making just his second NFL start. Edge: Eagles

2. Eagles QB Kevin Kolb vs. Saints FS Darren Sharper: Sharper fleeced one guy making his first career start last week, intercepting rookie Matthew Stafford twice. Now he's going up against another first-time starter in Kolb. Edge: Saints

3. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson vs. Saints CB Jabari Greer: Greer had as many interception returns for touchdowns last season - two - as Jackson had TD catches. Jackson needs to win this matchup if the Eagles are going to stay with the Saints' high-powered offense. Edge: Even

For Domo's full Scouting Report, click here


Saints defensive back Bobby McCray: "Our whole season won't rely on this one game but we need this win because you never know when it can come back and bite you on the backside later on in the season. They've been a dominant team in the NFC for the last few years, so it'd be good to go out and jump on them early in case we have to see them later on."

More on the view from New Orleans by clicking here


Offensive tackle Chris Patrick, cut by the Eagles on Aug. 31, is expected to make a second visit to the Seahawks on Monday, Scout.com is reporting. Patrick worked out for Seattle on Sept. 8. Denver has also expressed interest.