1. The Philadelphia Eagles are still going to lose on Sunday.
Umm, you’ve seen the schedule, correct? Even if you didn’t, you saw that line in there about Philly playing the Saints on Sunday, right? Now, Hurts won’t have to worry about Drew Brees and matching him throw for throw. His first duel as a starting quarterback comes versus Taysom Hill, who’s going the rest of the way (or as long as the Saints continue to play) as New Orleans’ starting quarterback.
The Saints’ defense, led by Dennis Allen (who would be a nice candidate for the head-coaching job in Philly if the Birds fired Doug Pederson in the offseason), is on fire. Now, part of that is because they’ve played a team with no quarterback in whatever that was versus the Denver Broncos in Week 12. That game was also sandwiched in between home and road dates versus the Atlanta Falcons who are, well, the Falcons.
The Saints’ defense is also bringing a guy that Birds fans may have heard of, Malcolm Jenkins. Sure, he’s going to say that this game is no different than any other, but you know that isn’t true. It was the Birds that decided they were moving on after six seasons. He’ll bring his A-game. The Eagles’ offensive line won’t.
Unless, Andre Dillard, Lane Johnson, and Brandon Brooks all had miraculous recoveries, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Hurts isn’t running for his life. That isn’t to say that Philly won’t give their best effort though, and as a matter of fact, that might be something you can hang your hat on if you’re a Birds fan.