Doug Pederson: We’re a different team than last visit to New Orleans

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The Eagles are headed to New Orleans after Sunday’s 16-15 win over the Bears and it will be their second visit to the Superdome since the start of the 2018 season.

The first visit on November 18 did not go well for them. The Saints put up 546 yards while holding the Eagles to 196 in a 48-7 win that dropped Philadelphia to 4-6 on the season.

That record made it hard to imagine that there would be another meeting in the postseason, but the Eagles are now up to six wins in their last seven games and head coach Doug Pederson said he thinks his team is very different than the one that got blown out.

“Yeah, it wasn’t very good the first time,” Pederson said, via Philly.com. “And you know, we’ll take a look at that film. We’ll take a look at this one. I think we’re a different football team now than we were then. And we’ve just got to put a good plan together in all three phases. Go back down there, we’re on the road, it’s going to be in a dome, it’s going to be loud again, all those things, and it’s going to be a great atmosphere.”

Among the differences from November is the presence of quarterback Nick Foles in the starting lineup. The Eagles have won all four games he’s started and they’ll hope the success can keep rolling against the NFC’s top seed.

35 responses to “Doug Pederson: We’re a different team than last visit to New Orleans

  1. He speaks the truth. I’m not expecting anything other than a totally different game.

    What we’ve seen the past 7 weeks is all I wanted… a competitive Eagles team.
    Thank you to the team and the coaching staff for righting a lot of wrongs this year and having some pride and dignity in yourselves.

  2. “Doug Pederson: We’re a different team than last visit to New Orleans”

    * Correction *

    Doug Pederson: We’re a [better] team than last visit to New Orleans…because of our QB

  3. I see a slightly different Eagles team, on offense but the first game wasn’t decided in that area. Philly didn’t stop the Saints from running the ball, even when they knew runs were coming. This one might be a bit more of a shootout, though…especially with Foles’ pocket abilities.

  4. What’s different is you have Foles starting and leading this team to victory. Watch out for the Eagles!

  5. Second verse same as the first. Looking forward to the second edition of Saints Eagles. Cupcake divisional round and then on to the rematch everyone knew was coming Saints Rams for the NFC.

  6. I don’t see this game going down like the regular season game. The Eagles secondary is still sketchy but they were missing a lot of offensive starters in that game. But many of those starters WILL be playing this game. I think we SHOULD still win but the Eagles will score a LOT more than 7 points. HOPEFULLY, we win next Sunday, the Cowboys beat the Rams and we get that rematch.

    Who dat!

  7. This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles listened all week to way over-confident Bears fans.
    Am I seeing a bit of the same from the “Who Dat” crew?
    Games are won on the field.
    That is all.

  8. Who dat with the only coach ever suspended for an entire season?
    Now we get to see if kamara can back up that mouth in the playoffs like he begged for.

    NO ONE LIKES US/WE DONT CARE

  9. It’s been a long season, with a ton of injuries to key players on the Eagles. I took a while between injuries (especially to Carson and Jay) for this team to get back on track. When you are THE winner it’s tough to get all you’re key pieces back to “Top Shape”. What’s beautiful is that a lot of them remember what it took to become a champion last year. What they sacrificed. The Eagles are loaded with dudes that paid that price to win last year and dudes that were injured or too young to pay that price, but want it this year. The Saints can disrespect the champs all they want like Kamara has done. Yet he had NO clue what it takes to win it all yet. As the Bears found out, you don’t want to try an old Champion son!

  10. The Eagles team that got thumped by the Saints was lackadaisical and the Saints picked on Sidney Jones, who hasn’t played since. I expect a good game and a close Eagles victory. Call me an Eagles Homer but Bears fans did the same.

  11. The Eagles are a luckier team now. The season should have ended in Chicago. Not a long FG attempt at all for the Bears at the end. We will see how lucky they are in NOLA.

  12. Philly playing with house money at this point, as all the pressure is on the Saints. I expect this game to be much more competitive than the first game. With that said, New Orleans is just so difficult to beat at home.

  13. NOLA is a great team and yes, they manhandled The Eagles before the Eagles we’re mentally ready to defend their title as World Champions. However I would just slightly caution against being super confident. The Champ is coming and now they’re fully awake and you have their attention. Careful what you ask for NOLA, they’re still the champs!

  14. Regardless of next weeks outcome the eagles have done what i was hoping for after the 1st game against the saints. I was just hoping they could just sneak in the postseason. That way they wouldnt go grom SB52 champs to chumps that missed the playoffs. Plus they got out the 1st round to boot!!! Fly Eagles Fly!!!!!

  15. one team had a championship-caliber quarterback, although a bit worse for wear, while the other team had a quarterback who was just plain worse;

    the outcome wasn’t so hard to predict, barring unpredictable turnovers or ridiculous referee rulings determining the outcome of the game;

    essentially, the Bears traded two chances to land a bona fide championship-calibre franchise quarterback for nothing;

  16. westbank504 says:
    January 6, 2019 at 10:17 pm
    Second verse same as the first. Looking forward to the second edition of Saints Eagles. Cupcake divisional round and then on to the rematch everyone knew was coming Saints Rams for the NFC.

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    That’s how every Viking fan sounded last year. It would be unwise to make any assumption the way both of these teams have been playing recently.

  17. rkt4mayor says:
    January 6, 2019 at 11:30 pm
    The Eagles team that got thumped by the Saints was lackadaisical and the Saints picked on Sidney Jones, who hasn’t played since.

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    Well, this time around…they’ll just pick on Maddox.

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