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The New Orleans Saints (2-5) will host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) for the first time since the 2007 season on Monday, November 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in a prime time contest nationally televised by ESPN.

It is New Orleans' first and only appearance on Monday Night Football this season. The Saints, who dropped a 34-14 contest to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday night, will look to get back on the winning track on a platform where they have experienced recent success.

New Orleans has a current seven-game winning streak on Monday Night Football dating back to the 2008 season.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced today that quarterback Michael Vick will start for the Eagles against the Saints. Vick has struggled this season and there was talk that rookie Nick Foles might take over the offense Monday night. The Eagles will resume practice tomorrow in preparation of the Saints game.

The Eagles will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak after falling to the Atlanta Falcons 30-17 at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Also playing their first contest in November on Monday night, the Saints will be playing during a period where they have experienced extensive success as of late.

New Orleans is currently riding an 11-game winning streak in the month of November, not having lost a game since the 2008 season. While the Eagles lead the all-time regular season series 15-10, the Saints have experienced recent success against Philadelphia, capturing two of the last three meetings, including a convincing 48-22 win at Lincoln Financial Field on September 20, 2009.

The clubs have split their two postseason meetings with New Orleans winning the most recent, a 27-24 victory at the Superdome in the NFC Divisional Playoff on January 13, 2007, punching the franchise's ticket to the NFC Championship for the first time.

QB Drew Brees enters Monday's game with an active NFL-record streak of 50-straight games with at least one touchdown pass. Despite the struggles in the passing game on Sunday night, Brees has completed 188-of-315 passes for 2,310 yards with 20 touchdowns and a 93.0 passer rating through the season's first seven games. He's once again distributed the ball to a host of receiving options, thus keeping opposing defenses honest. WR Marques Colston has been Brees' top target with 40 receptions for 580 yards (14.5 avg.) and five touchdown grabs, while RB Darren Sproles is not far behind the club's record-setting wideout with 39 catches for 323 yards with four touchdowns.

Defensively near the season's midway point, several of the club's newcomers and younger defenders have taken active roles. LB Curtis Lofton leads the club with 78 tackles. Defensive ends Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan are the team leaders in sacks with four and three quarterback takedowns respectively, while rookie DT Akiem Hicks, the club's top draft pick in 2012, had his first career forced fumble Sunday.

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