Doug Pederson: Saints didn’t run it up last time, we need to start faster

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Eagles left tackle Jason Peters said this week that he felt the Saints ran up the score in the regular season matchup between the teams, but head coach Doug Pederson sees things differently.

There’s no doubt that the 48-7 Saints win was a lopsided affair, but Pederson said at his Wednesday press conference that the Eagles “just didn’t make enough plays” and “once it snowballs” there’s not much that the team can do to keep the score close. Pederson was also asked how the team can keep things from snowballing this time around.

Pederson reiterated his belief that the Eagles are a different team than they were earlier this season and talked about the need to start faster than they did in the past.

“We have to convert first downs on offense, be the best we can defensively, three-and-out, to start fast,” Pederson said. “I think offensively we’ve done that a little bit better here down the stretch. We’ve been able to get points off our first drives. Defense has done a nice job of getting three-and-out early, six-plays-and-out on the punt, getting the ball back to the offense.”

The Eagles have scored first in each of their last four games and they’ve won all four of them to keep their season alive. Keeping that streak alive will likely be essential to their chances in New Orleans on Sunday.

21 responses to “Doug Pederson: Saints didn’t run it up last time, we need to start faster

  1. Going to be a tough matchup, but it will be a much better game than that. Saints have cooled off (coasted?) a bit and the Eagles have gotten hot and are definitely battle tested. Still, any team coming off a wild card game is at a big disadvantage in the divisional round, that’s why teams fight for a first round bye and better yet home field.

  2. There was a moment in that last game when the Eagleds scored to make it 17–7, stopped the Saints offense with a 3 and out, and moved the ball past midfield with a few minutes left in the half: plenty of time to make it 17–10 or even 17–14. But an injury to Kelce forced Wisniewski over to Center and brought Seumalo in off the bench. There was a breakdown in blocking on 3rd down, Wentz got sacked, the Eagles punted for a touchback, and Brees rang up 6. Then everything unravelled.

    But the Eagles’ D is playing better and the o-line is healthier going into this game than they were last time.

    I know the Saints should be heavily favored, but I’m hoping for a dogfight. If the Eagles win this week, then all bets are off regarding how deep they can go.

  3. Good for Peterson…he’s basically saying that the beat-down they took was their fault, not the Saints.

  4. The Eagles are going to avenge the loss and I think the Saints did run up the score but Coach Pederson is being diplomatic about it.

  5. He’s right, they need to start fast and try to slow down the Saints run game. They’re not gonna shutdown the passing attack because Brees. They also need to try play disciplined and not come out too fired up and get carried away and start taking penalties and get the Superdome rocking more than it already will be.
    I expect a different game I’m not sure about the outcome I wouldn’t be surprised if it’ll be the same. But if they somehow beat the Saints with all these things going against them, it’d make one heck of a story wouldn’t it?

  6. There’s no such thing as running up the score in the NFL. With defense so softened by the league any team can get on a roll and score repeatedly in a short time.

    Combine that with these guys all get their next contract based on performance. Every TD, every yard, every pass defensed, every tackle etc can potentially add dollars to a player’s next contract. Are they supposed to not score and forego potential extra dollars because some childish player on the other team gets a bruised ego?

    You’re pros getting paid millions. You don’t like losing by a big margin then stop the other team

  7. There are no guarantees in any game. You should score as much as you can while the clock is still ticking. And I’m an Eagles fan saying that. I know Peters was probably just trying to motivate himself and the other players, but what were the Saints supposed to do? The Eagles were an awful team at that point. The offense line was in shambles, they fell behind early and they had guys coming in off the street playing in the secondary. It would’ve been hard to NOT run up the score against them that week!!!

  8. If I remember correctly Sproles left the Saints on pretty bad terms. He was undervalued and I believe disrespected by New Orleans, giving him away for a 5th round pick. I hope he remembers that when he takes the field Sunday.

  9. gtrfgghytgtrfgghyt says:

    January 9, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Defense isnt playing better they gave up 30 vs texans and 23 vs rams

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    Yeah, they also gave up only 15 points total the last two games.

  10. gtrfgghytgtrfgghyt says:
    January 9, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    Sproles is a non factor wentz had foles for a number of games this year the oline isnt any healthier than it was when they played the last time

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    You don’t have a clue what you are talking about.

    The O Line is playing the best they have all season. JJ Watt, Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack all combined for a grand total of ZERO sacks.

    And Sproles has been a big contributor since his return from injury 4-5 weeks ago.

  11. rkt4mayor says:
    January 9, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    The Eagles are going to avenge the loss and I think the Saints did run up the score but Coach Pederson is being diplomatic about it.

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    Did you take issue with the Eagles running up the score in the 2017 NFC Championship Game, against the Vikings?

  12. @demetriusjames says:
    January 9, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Did you take issue with the Eagles running up the score in the 2017 NFC Championship Game, against the Vikings?
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    No because the Eagles didn’t run up the score. Eagles scored 14 second half points…7 in the 3rd and 7 more in the 4th quarter. They scored on 1st possession of the second half to make it 31-7. Philly has demonstrated this season that very few leads are safe!

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