Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 42-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
8. New Orleans Saints
One of the only two teams in the playoffs with a top 10 offense and defense, the Saints will have a big time game against the Eagles. At home this team can play with anyone, but on the road it’s a different story.
They could have made a statement against their division opponent Panthers in week 16 for the #2 seed, but they ended up losing. Away woes are why this team is not higher up on the list, especially once looking at whom all they lost to.
They have potential to advance, but the team is so different away that it’s hard to tell what Saints team you’re going to get. Even if they win in the wild card, they will have no home games from here on out, so that’s certainly going against them.
Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) thaws a pass during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
7. Philadelphia Eagles
Many people questioned how Chip Kelly’s offense would fair in the NFL, well it’s done quite nicely and continues to impress. With quarterback Nick Foles bursting onto the scene, the Eagles turned a 1-3 season into winning the NFC East.
The defense has been suspect throughout the season, but lately they have gotten things together and started to get turnovers. The Eagles may not be able to stop anyone with that defense, but if they create enough turnovers, the Eagles may have a chance in any game they play.