PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles finally made a change this week, and it means rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts will make his first career start against the Saints on Sunday. The former Oklahoma and Alabama standout needs to give the offense a spark, coach Doug Pederson said, and the team is looking to him to help turn around a bad season.
It will not be easy. The Saints are the NFC’s top team right now, and they have won nine straight games after dropping two of their first three to open the season. Their defense is one of the best. The offense can score points when it needs to. It’s going to be a tough task at the Linc.
Here’s everything you need to know for the game.
Who: Philadelphia Eagles (3-8-1) at New Orleans Saints (8-3)
What: Week 14, 2020 NFL Season
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
When: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
TV: Fox [coverage map via 506 Sports]
Live stream: Fox Sports // fuboTV
TV announcers: Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst), Pam Oliver (sideline)
Local radio: 94 WIP
Local radio announcers: Merrill Reese (play-by-play), Mike Quick (analyst), Howard Eskin (sideline)
National radio: Compass Media
National radio announcers: Chris Carrino (play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (analyst)
Live updates: Visit the Eagles page at 3:45 p.m. and follow beat writer Daniel Gallen on Twitter at @danieljtgallen.
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Weather: Partly cloudy, 56 degrees, feels like 53 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation, 52% humidity, winds WNW 10 mph (via Weather.com)
Betting line: New Orleans by 7.5
Over/under: 43 points (via ESPN)
Stats to know (via Eagles PR)
- Brandon Graham will appear in his 156th career regular-season game, surpassing Trent Cole (155, 2005-14) for the most games played by a defensive lineman in franchise history. Graham leads the Eagles in both sacks (7.0) and tackles for loss (12) this season.
- Miles Sanders ranks second among NFL running backs in rushing average (5.4) behind Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (6.0) (min. 100 attempts).
- Dallas Goedert is one of only three NFL tight ends with 200-plus receiving yards (218) and two or more touchdowns (2) since Week 11, joining Kansas City’s Travis Kelce (345 yards, 2 TDs) and Las Vegas’ Darren Waller (311 yards, 3 TDs).
- Fletcher Cox (53.5) is 1.0 sack shy of tying Hugh Douglas (54.5, 1998-2002, ’04) for the fifth-most sacks in team history.
- Javon Hargrave has recorded 15 tackles, 8 combined quarterback pressures and hits, 2 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks dating back to Week 10.
- In Week 13 at Green Bay, Jalen Reagor returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown, marking the third-longest punt return touchdown by an Eagles rookie, behind Damaris Johnson (98 yards, 12/2/12 at Dallas) and Ernie Steele (80 yards, lateral, 10/25/42 at Chicago).
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- One of Jalen Hurts’ college coaches thinks he’s in a good place to succeed.
- The Eagles remain at the bottom of the NFL power rankings.
- The Eagles made the right choice.
- Jalen Hurts will start.
Prediction: Saints 35, Eagles 19 [full picks]
Season prediction record: 6-5-1
Song of the day: “Climb Back Down” by Jam City
Daniel Gallen covers the Philadelphia Eagles for PennLive. He can be reached at email@example.com. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Follow PennLive’s Philadelphia Eagles coverage on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.