Saints: 3 Important X-Factors to Beat Eagles

New Orleans Saints, Marcus Williams
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The New Orleans Saints are riding high in 2018. A current 8-game winning streak has the team in first place in the NFC, including first place and a two-game lead in their own division. A worrying-loss to open the year against Tampa Bay is far in the rear view mirror, now, as New Orleans has its eyes set on the Super Bowl. 

The next team in their path just so happens to be coming off a Super Bowl season themselves. The Philadelphia Eagles, currently 4-5 and third in the NFC East, have not had the post-Super Bowl season they were expecting. A 27-20 home loss to rival Dallas this past Sunday night has thrown the team’s confidence down many levels. 

However, Sunday could prove to be a “trap game” for the Saints. The Eagles are hungry for a win, and New Orleans could very well overlook their opponents for this week and slip up. Here are three key X-factors that will determine whether or not an upset occurs this Sunday.