PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles will be wearing their home green uniforms in New Orleans on Sunday for their matchup against the Saints, as Sean Payton’s bet with Doug Pederson is finally coming due.
Back in March at the owner’s meetings in Orlando, the two were paired up for the annual coaches’ golf outing, and decided to make it interesting.
“We wanted to liven up the match, and we decided to bet and we chose jersey colors,” Pederson said Wednesday. “Three holes into it, ended up beating him, and that was it.”
The Saints will be sporting their white “color-rush” jerseys Sunday -- a fan favorite. New Orleans typically wears its black jerseys for home games, but not always. The Saints were in white for their Monday Night Football matchup with the Washington Redskins Week 5, when quarterback Drew Brees broke the all-time passing yardage record.
The conclusion of this wager has been a while in the making. Before July 1 each year, home clubs are required to report to the league their choice of jersey color for home games in their upcoming season.
The away team has to wear an NFL-approved non-conflicting color. The Eagles will be in their midnight green, a look typically reserved for games in South Philly.
Pederson and Payton squared off once again at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe in July, and once again, Pederson came out on top. This time, Payton had to pony up money to the Eagles Autism Challenge charity.
It was noted to Pederson that he’s had a nice string of success against Payton lately.
“No bigger string than this one,” Pederson said, pointing to Sunday’s game.
The 4-5 Eagles enter as eight-point underdogs to the 8-1 Saints.
Mike Triplett contributed to this post.