It’s a big-time battle of the birds for the Week 2 Sunday Nighter as the Philadelphia Eagles look to continue soaring against the Atlanta Falcons.
Dan Quinn’s Atlanta side didn’t have the start they were hoping for last week against Minnesota. Though 2019 was supposed to be a bounceback season for the Falcons’ – it really did not start positively. Atlanta was outplayed soundly, and Dan Quinn’s coaching seat remains hotter than ever. In a standalone spot on primetime, the Falcons need to respond with a better effort, but it won’t be easy against a talented Eagles group.
Philadelphia enters Week 2 ready to rise once again following an injury-riddled 2018 campaign. Carson Wentz finally looks healthy again and last week the offense was clicking vs. the lowly Redskins. While this week should be tougher as they take to the road, Philly looks poised and ready to make another run at an NFC title.
Pressure is already mounting in ATL and with the red-hot Eagles rolling into town, it should make for an intriguing evening at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Read on below the posted odds for some in-depth analysis, match preview, and a betting pick to end your Sunday off on a high note.
Eagles vs. Falcons Betting Odds:
Philadelphia Eagles -1 (-110)
@ Atlanta Falcons +1 (-110)
Over 52.5 (-110)
Under 52.5 (-110)
Eagles vs. Falcons Pick:
Given the way I talked about these teams in the opening section of this preview, you’d think the Eagles would be massive favourites in this one. But a narrow one-point on the spread currently separates these two teams, likely indicating what a massive moment this is for the Falcons in their season. They remain a talented group, but ultimately one that can’t afford to go 0-2 in this young season. Especially not in the supremely competitive NFC South division.
But the Eagles won’t feel sorry for them, and despite being backed so heavily by the public in this contest – Philadelphia really feels like the right side. They looked prolific on offense in the second half last week, and that Wentz-to-DeSean Jackson deep ball connection looked to be in fine form. The Falcons really struggle defensively, which is odd considering that used to be Dan Quinn’s forte. Atlanta doesn’t boast any sort of viable rush and it’s clear that beyond Desmond Trufant, there’s nobody in the Falcons’ secondary that should scare Wentz.
Expect Wentz to bully the Falcons through the air, regularly throwing everywhere Trufant isn’t. He’s got so many talented weapons at his disposal, and with his arm and mobility back to full strength – the Eagles can basically name their play and move the chains. On the ground, the Falcons still have a porous run defense so don’t be surprised to see rookie runner Miles Sanders have a big outing. Atlanta can’t stop the Eagles.
Switching over to Atlanta’s offense, it was sad to see such a talented quarterback like Matt Ryan receive virtually no protection last week against the Vikings. Every time he stepped back to observe downfield, there were linemen barreling down on him. The Falcons’ offensive line is in bad shape at the moment, and it looks like some key pieces have really taken a step back. Unfortunately for Atlanta, the Eagles probably possess the most ferocious pass rush in all of football.
One silver lining for the Falcons is that the Eagles’ secondary remains a weak spot for an otherwise talented stop unit. They let Washington throw on them, but it remains to be seen if the Falcons can adequately protect Ryan to set him up for downfield looks. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley could be great weapons in this match, but not if the Falcons can’t pass due to pressure.
Expect Atlanta to come out desperate and hungry, but ultimately they’ll just be overmatched by a complete effort from the Eagles. The Falcons can’t block, rush, or defend with any sort of consistency, and though it’s seeming like this could be one of the most ‘public’ plays this week – side with the talent of the Eagles to go to 2-0 on Sunday evening.