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In a Sunday night showdown, the Atlanta Falcons look to shake off a poor effort last week when host the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. Eastern at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Eagles have won the last three meetings, beating the Falcons last year in week one by the score of 18-12 after beating them the year before in the playoffs. This week, it’s basically a pick ’em, as the Eagles are just a one point favorite in the early lines.
The Philadelphia Eagles came out pretty sluggish in their season opener last week against Washington, at least in the first half. They fell behind 17-0 and then trailed 20-7 to the Redskins at halftime. But then they came roaring back behind quarterback Carson Wentz, who threw for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Eagles stormed back scoring 25 straight points in the second half to win 32-27 and go 1-0. They hope to continue that momentum as they fly south to Atlanta.
The Falcons were not at all impressive in their week one loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The high-flying Falcons were embarrassed as the Vikings jumped out to a 28-0 lead and won 28-12 after the Falcons scored two garbage time touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They come home hoping to clean up their act as turnovers — interceptions, fumbles, and blocked punts — killed them last week. But the opponent doesn’t get any easier as they face the Eagles.
Eagles soar past Redskins
It took a while for the Philadelphia Eagles to wake up in its season opener last week against the Redskins, but when they finally did, they flew pretty high. The Eagles fell behind 17-0 and 20-7 in the first before storming back in the second half with 25 unanswered points to win 32-27. The story of the game was DeSean Jackson, the former Eagles standout who bounced around the league for a few years before returning to Philly this year. It was like he never left as he burned one of his former teams — the Redskins — for 154 yards on 8 catches with 2 touchdowns.
“I couldn’t stay calm,” Jackson told ESPN, talking about how excited he was to be back in Philly. “I was overly excited like a kid before Christmas, knowing what I mean to the city and what the city means to me. I couldn’t think of it being any other way.”
DeSean Jackson got biggest ovation being introduced!
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 8, 2019
Carson Wentz was glad to have him back, too. Wentz, after a slow start, lit up the Redskins for 313 yards on 28 of 39 passing with 3 touchdowns. “We were able to get him in some mismatches and hit those two home runs,” Wentz said of Jackson, reported ESPN. “With him being out there and the other weapons we have, we’re going to keep teams on their toes.”
Wentz definitely has a lot of weapons, including all-pro tight end Zach Ertz, who had 54 yards receiving, and Alshon Jeffery, who had 49 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Eagles also brought in former Bears running back Jordan Howard, a pro Bowler who has averaged over 1,100 yards rushing in his first three seasons. He didn’t get a lot of touches in game one, amassing 44 yards on 6 carries, due to the fact that the Eagles were playing from behind. But he’ll be an important part of the offense going forward.
Defensively, the Eagles felt the loss of Michael Bennett as they only had one sack. They also got lit up by Case Keenum, so they should be in for a big challenge against Matt Ryan, DeVonta Freeman, and Julio Jones this week.
Falcons were terrible in opener
If the Falcons could get a do over after their poor week one performance, they would take it. Unfortunately, the NFL Rules Committee has not approved the do over so the Falcons are saddled with a 28-12 loss to the Vikings. This was about as bad a performance and you can have, this side of Miami. The Falcons fell behind 28-0 and only two garbage touchdowns in the fourth quarter allowed them to save face. But make no mistake, this was a bad performance.
The Vikings showed why they have one of the best defenses in the NFL. they held star running back Freeman to just 19 yards on 5 carries and they held All-Pro receiver Julio Jones to 6 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. Austin Hooper had 9 catches for 77 yards while Calvin Ridley had 4 receptions for 64 yards and 1 touchdown.
Matt Ryan was 33 for 46 for 304 yards with 2 touchdowns. But those touchdowns were in garbage time, as was a lot of his yardage. For most of the game he was not good. He also threw 2 costly picks. “Both interceptions today were poor decisions, and they cost us,” said Ryan, reported ESPN.
“To turn the football over early in the game, too, on an interception and leave them a short field, those are things that are difficult to overcome, especially on the road,” Ryan said. “Across the board we have to take care of the football better than we did today.”
The Falcons need to score to win games because their defense is just not very good. They were gouged on the ground by the Vikings Dalvin Cook, who had 111 yards on 21 carries. Kirk Cousins barely had to do anything but hand off and watch his defense shut down the Falcons as he went 8 for 10 for 98 yards and a touchdown.
- Falcons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 2.
- Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
- Falcons are 37-15 ATS in their last 52 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Falcons are 22-9 ATS in their last 31 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
- Eagles are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 2.
- Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September
Updated on Sep 15 at 10:55am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The game has gone from a pick to Philadelphia -1.5 and that is consistent with the fact that they have garnered 62% of the bets.
Injury / Weather Report
Philadelphia’s Impact Injury Report
Doubtful: Backup QB Nate Sudfeld
Out: OT Jordan Mailata and LB Kamu Grugier-Hill
Atlanta’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: WR Russell Gage
Out: OT Matt Gono
Weather: No weather concerns as they are playing in a stadium with a dome.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Falcons here getting the points. This is basically a pick ’em as the Eagles are just a 1 point favorite in the early lines. Logic would tell you to take the Eagles based on what happened last week, but football is a game or emotion and pride and those two things give the Falcons the edge. If Dan Quinn can’t get them up after that terrible performance in week one, then he may be looking for a new job after the season. I fully expect Atlanta to come out fired up in front of the home crowd and eke out a win here. It won’t be easy, and it will be close, but the Falcons will prevail. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings between these two.
Prediction: Atlanta +1
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. These are two of the highest powered offenses in the league. Both the Eagles and Falcons have weapons all over the field. As neither one of these defenses are particularly good, the offenses will dominate this game. I don’t care what the total is here — take the over. This game will be played in the 30s. The over is 6-1 in the Eagles last 7 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game. Also, the over is 7-3 in the Falcons last 10 games following an ATS loss.