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NFC Wildcard: New Orleans vs. Philadelphia Point Spread Pick

Time: 4:35 PM EST January 4, 2014, FOX

The Philadelphia Eagles host the New Orleans Saints in one of the two NFC Wildcard match-ups this weekend.

In their last games the New Orleans Saints hammered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-17 at home as a 11 point favorite. The Eagles were able to escape Dallas with the NFC East division title, beating the Cowboys 24-22 on the road as a 7.5 point favorite.

In their last meeting the Saints beat Philadelphia 28-13 on Nov 5/12 at home as a 2.5 point favorite. New Orleans has won 4 out of their last 5 meeting but the Eagles have won 6 out of the last dating back to December of 1993.

BEST PARLAY ODDS – BEST TEASER ODDS – BEST BETTING BONUS AT THIS

These two teams have gone over the posted total in 5 of their last 6 meetings.

This season Philadelphia is 4-4 at home and the New Orleans Saints are 3-5 on the road.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Philadelphia -2.5
Over/Under Total Line: 53.5
Moneyline: Saints +112 / Eagles -132

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
New Orleans Saints: 11-5 SU 8-8 ATS
Philadelphia Eagles: 10-6 SU 8-8 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• NO is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• NO is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC.
• NO is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff road games.
• PHI is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
• PHI is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in January.
• PHI is 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Sagarin Power Rankings

New Orleans Saints: 27.44
Philadelphia Eagles: 22.02

Key Player Injuries

SAINTS

[DE] 12/30/2013 – Keyunta Dawson Ques Saturday (Ankle)
[RB] 12/30/2013 – Travaris Cadet Ques Saturday (Personal)
[CB] 12/16/2013 – Jabari Greer Out indefinitely (Knee)
[S] 12/25/2013 – Kenny Vaccaro I-R (Ankle)
[LB] 10/7/2013 – Victor Butler I-R (Knee)
[WR] 10/7/2013 – Joseph Morgan I-R (Knee)
[DE] 10/7/2013 – Kenyon Coleman I-R (Pectoral)
[LB] 10/7/2013 – Will Smith I-R (Knee)
[CB] 9/18/2013 – Patrick Robinson I-R (Leg)

EAGLES

[S] 12/30/2013 – Colt Anderson Ques Saturday (Knee)
[C] 12/30/2013 – Julian Vandervelde Ques Saturday (Back)
[S] 12/30/2013 – Earl Wolf Ques Saturday (Knee)
[WR] 9/2/2013 – Jeremy Maclin I-R (Knee)
[LB] 9/2/2013 – Jason Phillips I-R (Knee)
[WR] 9/2/2013 – Arrelious Benn I-R (Knee)

Point Spread Betting Pick

Sure the Eagles didn’t look sharp against the Cowboys last week in Dallas, but they’re back at home in frosty Philadelphia this week. That is the key here. The Saints have not traveled well this season with a un-playoff like 3-5 record on the road which included a 2-point win over Tampa Bay and a 4-point win over a very beat up Atlanta. The Eagles couldn’t buy a win at home last season and through the first 4 games this year, but have now won 4 in a row. Philadelphia comes into this game as the hotter team going 7-1 compared to the Saints’ 5-3 over the last 8 games. The linesmaker has set this game at a favorable line for Philly backers with the Eagles having to lay less than a field goal.
Take the Philadelphia Eagles -2.5 at and get up to a 50% Bonus.

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