Week 5 Matchups to Watch- Eagles Defense vs. Saints Offense

The Saints offense will likely feature the short passing game which killed the Eagles late in the game last week.  Drew Brees looked in his old form in his return last week against Dallas.  The Eagles run defense has been great, but the pass defense still needs to improve.  Specifically, the pass rush has been non existent even when Bill Davis dials up blitzes.  This should be cause for concern for all Eagles fans.

Bennie Logan vs. Max Unger

Logan has been an absolute monster week in and week out.  He is a clear cut Pro Bowler this year and anybody who thinks otherwise is a moron.  He is always in the backfield and one of the main reasons why the Eagles run defense has vastly improved.  Unger came over in the Jimmy Graham trade and has been one of the better centers over the past few years.  He is not overly big similar to Eagles center Jason Kelce so Logan can use his muscle to keep making plays.  I expect the Eagles to hold Mark Ingram in check in large part due to Logan’s play.

Brandon Graham vs. Teron Armstead

Graham made a nice play last week stripping Redskins tight end Jordan Reed for the Eagles lone forced turnover.  However, he has not gotten home this year on the pass rush.  This really surprises me I thought Graham would be an upgrade from Trent Cole.  This week he’ll face one of the most athletic and gifted tackles in the league in Armstead.  He is the best linemen on the Saints and protects Brees blindside.  He was banged up a bit last week so we’ll see if there are any lingering effects.  Getting pressure on Brees is a huge key to an Eagles victory.

Malcolm Jenkins vs. Former Team

Just like Darren Sproles, Jenkins is facing his former squad this weekend.  He was not resigned after being drafted by New Orleans so it’s a slightly different situation.  Jenkins has been fabulous this year and been making plays all over the field.  He definitely needs to help the other guys on defense this week preparing for his former team and Brees.  He should have a pretty solid understanding of what head coach Sean Payton is looking to do.

 

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