Jim Henderson's Black & Gold Breakdown: Eagles ahead

It's often not whom you play but when you play them.

Both the Saints and the Eagles must welcome seeing the other on their schedule Monday night.  While Joe Vitt is just getting his head coaching seat warm for the Saints in his second game back from suspension, Andy Reid's seat is red hot for the Eagles where his 14th season could be his last.

The Eagles have lost three in a row, have fired their defensive coordinator in a move that appeared to be born of panic, and have contemplated benching Michael Vick.

Vick is suffering through his worst season as an Eagle with his lowest passer rating -- 8 interceptions and 5 fumbles -- and 20 sacks. In the absence of his starting left tackle and center, opponents have blitzed him 99 times, fourth most of any quarterback in the league.

Despite his tenuous position, Vick said this week he's ready to lead a -- quoting now -- "play-off run."  Obviously he sees game 8 of the season as a perfect opportunity to begin one.

The Saints have given up 400 yards every week of the season and at least 500 in three of the last five.  Last Sunday night against Denver, their ineptitude in surrendering 530 yards to the Broncos solidified Peyton Manning's selection as the AFC offensive player of the month of October.  Their woeful offensive performance when the Saints rushed for 51 yards and passed for just 213 earned Bronco linebacker Wesley Woodyard AFC defensive player of the week honors.

These are two teams badly in need of a win. Each has to see the other as a great opportunity to get one.  And that will make Monday night's loser look even worse for squandering a rare one.