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Foles could have big game vs. bad Saints' secondary

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 10, 2019 - 8:30 am

Each week Nick Foles takes the field this postseason, he does so knowing it could be his last time playing in an Eagles’ uniform. 

If this Sunday is indeed his last time, he has a strong chance of going out with a bang against a bad New Orleans Saints’ passing defense. 

As impressive as the Saints are overall as a team, one clear area of weakness they have is their passing defense. 

As highlighted by Philly Voice, here is a look at where the Saints’ defense ranks against the pass heading into Sunday’s playoff game:

Passing yards per game: 29th

Passing yards per attempt: 29th

Completion percentage allowed: 26th

Passing touchdowns allowed: 22nd

Passing first downs allowed: 30

Passed of 20+ yards allowed: 22nd

Passes of 40+ yards allowed: 30th

Opposing passer rating: 27th

Although the Saints holding large leads in most games could have an impact on things like total passing yards allowed, as teams are mostly throwing against them, the big plays allowed and the high passer rating quarterbacks are averaging against them have nothing to do with what the Saints’ offense is doing — but it has everything to do with a bad secondary. 

The fact the Saints’ secondary still struggles against the pass despite having a pass rush that had the fifth-most sacks in the league should have Foles and the Eagles’ offense feeling very confident about what they can accomplish this Sunday. 

Foles’ numbers against the Chicago Bears last Sunday — 266 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a 77.7 passer rating — that was against the best defense in the NFL. In the two prior games, against strong defenses, Foles’ had a passer rating of over 100 in both games, totaling 692 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Against the Houston Texans, who were 26th overall against the pass, Foles threw an Eagles’ franchise record 471 yards and four touchdowns. 

As mentioned above, the Saints do have a strong pass rush, but with how well the Eagles’ offensive line is playing right now, Foles should have time in the pocket to operate. 

And if he does, he is more than capable of picking apart a bad Saints’ passing attack. 

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