Holly Seymour

More trouble in Philly, will they make a trade?

The Eagles are getting pretty thin at running back. Photo via Eagles/Facebook

Since the loss of Jay Ajayi in Philadelphia, there’s been too many rumors and possible trade talk popping up all over ESPN AND my timeline.

Nothing ever happens unless I speak it into existence, so here it goes. Nothing will happen. The Eagles won’t make a move for Le'Veon Bell. Or Shady McCoy. Or David Johnson.

Here’s why. (From a Holly standpoint. Because we all know, I secretly work in the office next to Dougie P).

The Bills: Want a second AND third round pick for McCoy
Holly: A 2 and 3 for recently broken ribs and an Instagram case. Hard pass.

The Steelers: Want a second round pick and a player
Holly: Deal. If you take Jalen Mills as the player
The Steelers: *dial tone*

The Cardinals: Want... To win a game.
Holly: Back injuries? No thanks, we’re good on those over here.

It’s Week 6 and with Ajayi on IR, Sproles broken into a million pieces and concerns with Clement’s never healing quad, this leaves the reigning Super Bowl champs with Smallwood. For a team that’s used to having depth at this position, I would say there’s definitely reason for panic. However, will Dougie P and Howie make a huge move? Most likely not. If they do, it’ll probably be a mediocre big guy on a 1-year. The usual. Only time will tell.

Drew Brees and the Saints escaped with an ugly win. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Saints have effectively wrapped up the NFC South with their 25-14 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs. Here's how I saw things:

The Good

-Michael Thomas got himself going this week after a subpar performance against the Cowboys last week. He finished with 11 catches for 98 yards. More of note was his record of most catches in first three seasons. He surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry on his second catch, his 289th of his career. I hope people take notice and realize how great of a player he is.

-Taysom Hill once again proved his worth as just a football player. He blocked a punt the Saints recovered at the Tampa 30 yard line. It helped set up their first touchdown. Hill is listed as the third string quarterback, but plays running back, wide receiver, and special teams. He also drew a double team penalty on a kickoff.

-Drew Brees is known for his pinpoint accuracy throwing the ball. However, his athleticism is underrated. He notched his fourth rushing touchdown on a 4th and goal play in which he leapt over the line and extended the ball across the plane. The Saints took the lead early in the fourth quarter on that play.

The Bad

-Right before the half, Brees threw an interception that set up Tampa's second touchdown. When this team is rolling, they are the ones scoring before the half when they're getting the ball back after the half.

-They totaled just three rushing yards in the first half on nine attempts. The longest run was from fullback Zach Line at four yards. Another component of this team's success is predicated on the run game.

-Alvin Kamara was held in check. He was limited to 87 yards on 17 touches. His 76 yards on three kick returns were a help, but this team needs him to get going running and catching passes in order to operate at full capacity.

The Ugly

-This was the second game in a row that the Saints failed to score a touchdown in the first half. It could be a sign of teams catching up to them, or it could be a sign of a team that's feeling complacent. Either way, they need to get their offense going again to start games. 24 plays and 104 yards of offense that produced only three points in the first half.

-On their opening possession of the second half, Brees was stripped in the pocket and the Bucs recovered. The pressure came from the left. Missing starting left tackle Terron Armstead is becoming more and more of a glaring issue.

-Brees was limited to less than 270 yards passing, while they also totaled less than 130 yards rushing. Being held below their season averages on offense and still winning is the definition of winning ugly.

The Saints are now 11-2 and firmly in second place in the NFC. Now, they sit back and hope the Rams drop another game down the stretch. They own the tiebreaker over the Rams and need to finish with the same record to get homefield throughout the NFC playoffs. Saints fans will be Bears fans tonight, as well as Eagles, Cardinals, and 49er fans the rest of the season. This is what happens when you drop games you should've won.

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