Watch Monday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints

Coming into the season, this Monday night game was expected to a game for the ages. The Eagles and Saints were a couple of the handful of teams in the NFC to have Super Bowl aspirations.

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, L.A.
When: Monday, Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m.
Watch: ESPN

Watch Monday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints

Watch Monday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints

The Eagles, despite a respectable 3-4 record, have perhaps the most pressure of any team heading into Week 9. Embattled and oftentimes failing to meet the basic requirements of their positions, head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick are undoubtedly playing for their jobs the remainder of the year.

New Orleans, meanwhile, still cannot recover from its head coach, Sean Payton, losing his job for a season as part of the Bountygate scandal. At 2-5 and with their playoff life hanging by the thinnest thread imaginable, the Saints have reached the point where every game is a must-win.

Philadelphia is sitting with a (3-4) record and in a desperate need of a win to stay in contention for the NFC East title. The time to cease the talking is now. The Eagles need to go out and play their best game on both sides of the ball. They haven’t put together a great game yet this season. They’ve been panicking as a team every since week one.

Offensively, we’ve all seen the struggles of Michael Vick with the turnovers. What they need to do more than anything is to score some touchdowns early. Every point will be crucial to attain big victory on Monday night. If the Eagles aren’t able to move the ball on Monday, they will be offensively challenged for the rest of the year. The Eagles must get the running game going as much as the passing game to be productive. They’ve won games with a lot of turnovers, and lost while not committing any. That means Philadelphia strives on making big plays, regardless if they are loose with the ball or not.

The defense made changes during the bye week and played worse than they did all season. They must contain Drew Brees, and the passing game. Drew is coming off of a sub par game last week as well. The Eagles have been above average, but have faltered late in close games. They are going to have their secondary tested big time.