Eagles vs Saints

Saints vs Eagles: Get a summary of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints football game. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton dismisses the premise that the Philadelphia Eagles could derive extra motivation from the widespread, The Philadelphia Eagles take on the New Orleans Saints during Week 11 of the 2018 NFL season.

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Sunday’s NFL divisional round playoff matchups will set the field for next week’s conference championship games, and two entertaining contests decide who gets to play for a trophy next week. The Patriots are four-point favorites over the Chargers in New England to kick off the action on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the Saints are eight-point favorites at home over the Eagles in the latest NFL odds. That game kicks off at 4:40 p.m. ET and is the weekend’s only rematch of the season, with the Saints winning the first matchup 48-7 in Week 11. However, before you assume that result will repeat itself, or look to make any other NFL picks for Sunday, be sure to check out the 2019 NFL playoff predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 straight up last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who have followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018-19, entering the divisional round on a blistering 16-6 run. For the season, it is now 30-15 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-49. It also went 170-84 on straight-up NFL picks during the regular season, ranking inside the top 10 on NFLPickWatch.com. Additionally, it hit all four NFL against the spread picks on Wild Card Weekend. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now it has examined the latest divisional round NFL odds and lines, simulated every snap 10,000 times, and its NFL picks and predictions are in. One of the top divisional round NFL picks the model recommends: go over (51.5) when the the Saints take on the Eagles.

The key in this matchup is that these are two of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, with the Saints ranking 29th and the Eagles ranking 30thin that category. And with so many playmakers available on the outside for both teams, this should turn into the track meet that many are expecting.

Nick Foles has helped the Eagles offense reach its full potential down the stretch, with Alshon Jeffery heating up with 24 catches for 383 yards and a score in the last four games. The Saints shouldn’t have a great answer for that connection while the Eagles will have similar issues with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas.

Considering that both teams have solid run defenses, it will be no surprise to see the running game abandoned on both sides, and for all that passing action to add up to extra possessions for both sides, which is why the over cashes in well over half of SportsLine’s simulations this week.

Another one of the divisional round NFL predictions from the model: The under (47.5) hits when the Chargers visit the Patriots on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

The Patriots vs. Chargers forecast has been a major topic of conversation this week. While the potential for snow has subsided, frigid temperatures are still expected at kickoff in New England. That doesn’t bode well for the Chargers, who play their home games in California where it’s in the 60s. In fact, in Philip Rivers’ last three starts in cold weather (less than 40 degrees), he’s completed just 55.3 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and six interceptions.

New England’s defense is also substantially better at home, allowing just 17.9 points compared to 24.0 outside of Gillette Stadium. Plus, the under has hit in four of New England’s last five home games. The model projects that trend to continue on Sunday, as the Under hits in almost 55 percent of its simulations.

The model also has a strong NFL against the spread picks for both divisional round games on Sunday, and is calling for a top Super Bowl contender to go down hard, shaking up the NFL playoff picture forever.

Saints vs Eagles

Saints vs Eagles: Get a summary of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints football game. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton dismisses the premise that the Philadelphia Eagles could derive extra motivation from the widespread, The Philadelphia Eagles take on the New Orleans Saints during Week 11 of the 2018 NFL season.

Saints vs Eagles Live stream : How to Watch Eagles vs Saints NFL Football Game 2019 Online Free HD TV Coverage

Sunday’s NFL divisional round playoff matchups will set the field for next week’s conference championship games, and two entertaining contests decide who gets to play for a trophy next week. The Patriots are four-point favorites over the Chargers in New England to kick off the action on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the Saints are eight-point favorites at home over the Eagles in the latest NFL odds. That game kicks off at 4:40 p.m. ET and is the weekend’s only rematch of the season, with the Saints winning the first matchup 48-7 in Week 11. However, before you assume that result will repeat itself, or look to make any other NFL picks for Sunday, be sure to check out the 2019 NFL playoff predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 straight up last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who have followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018-19, entering the divisional round on a blistering 16-6 run. For the season, it is now 30-15 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-49. It also went 170-84 on straight-up NFL picks during the regular season, ranking inside the top 10 on NFLPickWatch.com. Additionally, it hit all four NFL against the spread picks on Wild Card Weekend. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now it has examined the latest divisional round NFL odds and lines, simulated every snap 10,000 times, and its NFL picks and predictions are in. One of the top divisional round NFL picks the model recommends: go over (51.5) when the the Saints take on the Eagles.

The key in this matchup is that these are two of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, with the Saints ranking 29th and the Eagles ranking 30thin that category. And with so many playmakers available on the outside for both teams, this should turn into the track meet that many are expecting.

Nick Foles has helped the Eagles offense reach its full potential down the stretch, with Alshon Jeffery heating up with 24 catches for 383 yards and a score in the last four games. The Saints shouldn’t have a great answer for that connection while the Eagles will have similar issues with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas.

Considering that both teams have solid run defenses, it will be no surprise to see the running game abandoned on both sides, and for all that passing action to add up to extra possessions for both sides, which is why the over cashes in well over half of SportsLine’s simulations this week.

Another one of the divisional round NFL predictions from the model: The under (47.5) hits when the Chargers visit the Patriots on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

The Patriots vs. Chargers forecast has been a major topic of conversation this week. While the potential for snow has subsided, frigid temperatures are still expected at kickoff in New England. That doesn’t bode well for the Chargers, who play their home games in California where it’s in the 60s. In fact, in Philip Rivers’ last three starts in cold weather (less than 40 degrees), he’s completed just 55.3 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and six interceptions.

New England’s defense is also substantially better at home, allowing just 17.9 points compared to 24.0 outside of Gillette Stadium. Plus, the under has hit in four of New England’s last five home games. The model projects that trend to continue on Sunday, as the Under hits in almost 55 percent of its simulations.

The model also has a strong NFL against the spread picks for both divisional round games on Sunday, and is calling for a top Super Bowl contender to go down hard, shaking up the NFL playoff picture forever

Chargers vs Patriots

Boston vs. LA, again: How fandom around Patriots, Chargers differs

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January 13, 2019 8:23am ESTJanuary 13, 2019 8:23am ESTNFLThe Boston vs. Los Angeles rivalry continues Sunday with the Chargers heading to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots in the AFC divisional playoffs. SN takes a look at the difference in fandom of the two cities.

It’s a tale as old as time: Boston vs. Los Angeles.

There are few clashes in sports and/or pop culture that carry as much bitterness as this East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry

Boston vs. LA carries a special chapter in the annals of mutual distaste, from famed Celtics-Lakers matchups spanning multiple decades to the 2018 Red Sox-Dodgers World Series. On Sunday, the tradition will continue with a new installment, with the Chargers heading to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

As someone who has lived in Boston and Los Angeles and has an interest in how each city’s football culture differs, I interviewed people on both coasts and analyzed social media trends leading up to the much-anticipated playoff game.

As soon as the Chargers won their wild-card game over the Ravens last week and it was determined they would play the Patriots, Boston fans were in full swing promoting the “Beat LA” hashtag. Even the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics’ Twitter accounts were having fun with it.

“Beat LA” goes back to the iconic Celtics-Lakers rivalry and their many meetings in the NBA Finals. Safe to say almost every C’s fan has something that says “Beat LA” on it. At the 2008 NBA Finals, the Celtics handed out “Beat LA” shirts to every fan in attendance. This year, Patriots star Julian Edelman made his own version of the shirt for fans to wear leading up to Sunday’s matchup.

Even given the Chargers’ move to LA being so recent, there is a clear difference in fandom between LA and Boston.

New England is consumed with Tom Brady and Co., and anywhere one goes in the week leading up to a big game in New England, he or she will hear rumblings of predictions or hot takes from fans donning Patriots gear. In Los Angeles, the focus is not always on the coming game.

“In New England, it’s a whole-week event; that’s all you talk about for the week when there’s a Pats game, but it’s more low-key in LA,” said Cara Straus, who has lived in New England and currently attends school in LA.

Connecticut-turned-LA resident Emma Soviero said, “I haven’t seen one thing about the Chargers or the game.”

Soviero noted that, in Connecticut, the football culture was the opposite and, as Straus said, unavoidable.

“It’s not as much in-your-face as it is on the East Coast,” Straus said. “In-your-face” is the perfect way to describe the football culture in Boston. In LA, they are restarting their pro football culture.

Brooke Mommsen used to live in Connecticut; now she’s an LA resident, working in film production with LA-based Fortitude International. Her observation of the difference: “Los Angeles is excited to have a team to root for, but it’s not the same as with the Pats … families have raised their kids to love the team, so there is nostalgia there.”

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Straus echoed the nostalgia idea, noting Los Angeles is much more of a melting pot with people coming in from all over, while many New England residents were born and raised there.

“It was never a sports city,” Straus said of LA. “They’re creating new fans.”

Nici Bentivegna used to work for the Chargers and is from the Boston area. She said LA “is still in the phase of developing their football culture,” which raises an important point: The recent history of each city’s football teams has helped shape the respective cultures.

“You have to talk about record,” Straus said. “If you look at how well the Patriots have done compared to the Chargers in the past, there’s a clear difference.”

Bentivegna notes the ease of being a Boston sports fan: “The people of New England have grown accustomed to winning, and that always makes it easier to cheer for a team. But I think all sports play a major role in the lives of New Englanders. Boston is nicknamed the ‘City of Champions’ not by mistake.”

A city’s feeling about its team is impacted by advertising, as well, and Straus says there is a clear difference between Boston and LA in that regard. In Boston, a customer can buy discounted coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts after a Patriots win. Billboards everywhere display New England players and the team logo. Not in LA; not for the Chargers.

LA, of course, has two NFL teams sharing the pro football spotlight, never mind everything else going on in the city. And Southern Californians don’t seem to know how to feel about the team’s recent move from San Diego.

“There’s a lot of negative energy about the Chargers, specifically in San Diego,” Bentivegna said. “Some of that negativity has dissipated with the team’s current success, but San Diegans definitely still hold some animosity towards team ownership for moving them to LA.

“The Rams have had greater success in the last two seasons with Sean McVay at the helm, so I think anyone in the LA area who didn’t grow up cheering for any NFL team gravitated towards the Rams for (those) reasons.”

Time zone and weather are other factors, too.

In LA, Thursday, Sunday and Monday night NFL games start at roughly 5:30 local time, so many people miss the first half of the game while traveling home from work, and they’re fine with it. When they can go for walks on the beach, travel the Pacific Coast Highway or enjoy a meal outside all year round, why would they want to spend time indoors watching football?

“In LA there’s a lot to do, so watching football isn’t the first choice for a lot of people here,” Straus said. “The teams are looking to answer (the question) ‘How do you make football a priority on a Sunday when there’s so many other things happening in LA?'”

In New England, where it might be 18 degrees with a wind chill of minus-10 and there are 5 inches of snow outside, staying in and watching football is the No. 1 priority. That, paired with the Patriots’ history, makes for a different picture on Sundays.

Patriots vs Chargers

Patriots vs Chargers: Live updates and analysis

The Patriots’ divisional matchup with the Chargers kicks off at 1:05 p.m. The game will air on CBS. The game-time temperature is projected to be about 25, but it will feel like 18.

Patriots: Keionta Davis, DL. Stephen Anderson, TE. James Ferentz, OL. Ufomba Kamalu, DL. Obi Melifonwu, DB. Duke Dawson, DB. Deatrich Wise, DL.

Chargers: Sean Culkin, TE. Detrez Newsome, RB. Cole Toner, C. Forrest Lamp, G. Dylan Cantrell, WR. Anthony Lanier, DE. T.Y. McGill, DT.

■  Although it has been talked about all season, the NFL Network on Sunday reported that tight end Rob Gronkowski will strongly weigh retirement when this season is done.

Chargers

1. Electric avenue: The defense must get Tom Brady off his spot. If he’s given the time or is allowed to step up and deliver strikes, he will rock on through this defense.

2. Electric atmosphere: Don’t fall behind. The Chargers have been tremendous on the road, but Gillette Stadium is no ordinary venue. Follow the game plan from Baltimore and don’t freak out.

3. Electric blanket: Contain James White. The Chargers have had trouble containing receivers out of the backfield, and they’ll face a huge challenge with Sweet Feet. Get him on the ground quickly or he’ll be dancing all afternoon.

Patriots

1. Red-hot take: This team can’t settle for field goals when it reaches the red zone. It’s been an area of trouble at times this season, but touchdowns win playoff games, so empty the playbook and get the 7.

2. Red-hot take II: Bend but don’t break when the Chargers get to the red zone. Los Angeles scored just one touchdown in three trips last week. Another performance like that and the Chargers will fizzle.

3. Red army: New England’s versatile safety trio of Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, and Duron Harmon has to support the troops near the line of scrimmage while also helping out over the top.

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Pregame reading

■ What experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Chargers game

■  Our football writers answered eight questions on this matchup.

■  Chad Finn’s Unconventional Preview: This contest will make some history we won’t soon forget, and three players to watch not named Tom Brady.

■  How much really separates the Patriots and Chargers? Alex Speier dove into the numbers, examining the Chargers’ record in cold weather, their record in 1 p.m. East Coast games, the role turnovers have played in their season, their blitzing tendencies, and their ground game.

■  Christopher L. Gasper: Do you believe? Do you believe the Patriots will summon their best football for the playoffs simply by virtue of being the Patriots? That it’s an ingrained, automatic response to a special occasion, no different than blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. Right now, belief outstrips proof for these Patriots.

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■  Don’t expect to see much of that seven defensive back grouping from the Chargers in the AFC divisional-round game Sunday. The Patriots have the personnel to force the Chargers into putting their linebackers, who represent the weakness in their defense, on the field. What remains to be seen is if the New England running backs can take advantage of it.

■  Melvin Gordon thinks James White should get more carries. Stephon Gilmore still sees the quickness of a guy recruited as a safety in Melvin Ingram. We asked former college teammates from the Patriots and Chargers to scout each other.

■  Tara Sullivan talked to Stephen Gostkowski and Lawrence Tynes about the pressure on NFL kickers in the playoffs and going from revered to reviled — or vice versa — with one swing of the leg.

■  Brian Flores’s story, from Brooklyn to BC to the Patriots, was impeccably told last February by Sullivan. And it’s a great one to revisit now in what could be one of his final weeks in Foxborough, as the Dolphins have reportedly narrowed the focus of their head coaching search to Flores.

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■  Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to work an NFL playoff game Sunday, when she serves as a down judge in Patriots-Chargers. Here is what a few Patriots players said about it.

■  Will tight end Hunter Henry play? “We’ll see,’’ he said with a smile.

■  Philip Rivers wears the same hat every day of the week. He wears it to practice, he wears it around the house, he wears it to each postgame news conference.

“I have it on right now,’’ Rivers said Wednesday.

The hat adorns a Latin phrase: “Nunc Coepi.’’

“It just means, ‘Now I begin,’ I think in its most literal terms,’’ Rivers said. “It’s a different way of saying, one play at a time. You begin new no matter what. I use it in my personal life as well, family life, prayer life, whatever it is. You begin again. Good or bad day, or good play or bad play, or whatever it is. You have a chance to get back up and begin again. It’s something that’s really stuck with me.’’