Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ passing game will stay on fire, while the Eagles’ pass defense will continue to have issues against noted Philly-area native Matt Ryan, who is always best at his new home in the dome. The Falcons’ run defense got gashed in Minnesota, and the Eagles can dominate them with their offensive line. This sets up for a Sunday night thriller full of chunk plays.
The Eagles started slow but showed something when they stepped on the gas at halftime.
Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t proven that he should be a road favorite in Denver. It’s a virtual guarantee that the Broncos will get more pressure on the quarterback than they did in the season opener. Denver hasn’t lost at home in the first two weeks of the season since 2011.
This game is simple. The Eagles (1-0) are really good up front on both sides of the ball. The Falcons (0-1) are terrible up front on both sides of the ball. More physical team wins.
Both teams showed a lot of late comeback fight on opening week. The Eagles rallied from 13 points down to beat the Redskins. However, the Falcons scoring twice in the fourth quarter didn’t do much to overcome a 28-0 hole against the Vikings.
Philadelphia took a half to get its act together against Washington, and then ... Fly Eagles Fly. Atlanta never got off the ground in being trampled by Minnesota.
Atlanta opened as a favorite but an avalanche of bets came in on Philly to flip the line. But the Falcons’ offense is much better at home, and the Eagles won’t have Malik Jackson up front, which should hurt a pass rush that already has to try like hell to cover for a leaky Eagles secondary.
The Falcons looked lifeless last week in the first half in their loss to the Vikings. The Eagles did as well, but rallied in the second half to beat the Redskins. The Falcons can't handle going 0-2 to start the season, so they will find a way to win a shootout.
Number looks dead accurate, and yet the vast majority of the action is reportedly coming in on the Eagles. The Falcons’ days as a contender may well be over, but more evidence than a single loss is needed to bet on it.
Philadelphia theoretically should be able to overcome the loss of Malik Jackson, as Tim Jernigan is no slouch and the Eagles always could move one of their defensive ends inside like they did many times last season. But the injury still stings. And this seems like a good get-right spot for the Falcons, who are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as home underdogs and 4-1 ATS in their last five home night games.
Rasul Douglas allowed a reception per 7.5 coverage snaps last season — the third-worst mark in the NFL. His struggles continued in Week 1 when he allowed four receptions, 85 yards, two touchdowns and a perfect passer rating whenever he was targeted by Case Keenum. Strong chance Matt Ryan feasts on him with all of his weapons, especially at home.
In truth, both of these teams have been fairly frustrating going back to last year. That is unlikely to change, but Matt Ryan has a 57-29 career record at home, so Atlanta shouldn’t be an underdog.
It’s tough to pick the Falcons after they looked so bad at Minnesota. But when you fade Week 1 overreaction, you end up taking some teams that might have been letting us know in the opener that they’re going to be bad all season. We’ll see what the Falcons are.