Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Football Betting Odds
Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles Betting Picks and Free Prediction
After serving as the site of a months-long party in the wake of the Philadelphia Eagles' first Super Bowl title in franchise history, the City of Brotherly Love will host the 2018 NFL regular-season opener when the Atlanta Falcons pay a visit on Thursday. The Eagles, who embraced the "underdog" role despite being the top seed, began their postseason journey with a 15-10 triumph over the Falcons in the NFC divisional round.
Nick Foles, who has been named the starter for Thursday's contest, relieved the injured Carson Wentz (knee) late in the season and steered Philadelphia to a 41-33 win over New England in the NFL's signature game while garnering Super Bowl MVP honors in the process. With a wide receiver corps in flux due to injury, the Eagles -- who scored a league third-best 28.6 points per game in 2017 -- may need to rely on Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement and a ground game that ranked third with an average of 132.2 yards per contest.
Atlanta's Matt Ryan, who is a Philly area native, followed his 2016 NFL MVP season by eclipsing 4,000 yards for his franchise-record seventh consecutive campaign before signing a five-year, $150 million contract on May 3. Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones led the NFC with 1,444 receiving yards in 2017 and has four straight 100-plus receiving yard performances versus the Eagles, who boasted the NFL's stingiest pass defense in 2017.
Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles Key Players Betting Report
Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman and fellow running back Tevin Coleman fueled Atlanta's eighth-ranked offense and kept defenses off balance last season by combining for over 2,100 yards from scrimmage and 16 touchdowns. Coach Dan Quinn, however, said he expects even more production out of the backfield this season, starting with a date against a Philadelphia team that had the third-best rush defense in 2017. "I think it’s two good line of scrimmage teams. Who can do that better and execute better?" Quinn said. "... We didn't run it quite as well as we'd liked, but we know that's a big part of what we do and kind of marries up with the play-action and the keepers that going along with that. That's what makes us so difficult to defend." Freeman had a touchdown reception against the Eagles in their playoff encounter.
Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia became the 11th team in NFL history with three players recording at least eight touchdown receptions last season, with Zach Ertz leading all NFC tight ends with 74 receptions and 824 yards to go along with a career-high eight scores. Alshon Jeffery (nine TDs) and fellow wideout Nelson Agholor (eight TDs) are on that list, with the former already ruled out for Thursday's contest as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Defensive end Brandon Graham, who stripped Tom Brady of the ball in the final two-plus minutes of Super Bowl LII, had a career-high 9.5 sacks in 2017 and also had one in the last encounter against Atlanta. Linebacker Nigel Bradham also registered a sack in the last meeting versus the Falcons after collecting a team-leading 88 tackles in the regular season.
Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds Trends
|Atlanta is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games|
|Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road|
|Atlanta is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road|
|Atlanta is 4-12-1 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Philadelphia|
|Atlanta is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing Philadelphia|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 13 games when playing Philadelphia|
|Atlanta is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia|
|Atlanta is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia|
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds Trends
|Philadelphia is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games|
|Philadelphia is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games|
|Philadelphia is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home|
|Philadelphia is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home|
|Philadelphia is 12-4-1 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Atlanta|
|Philadelphia is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 13 games when playing Atlanta|
|Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|Philadelphia is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing at home against Atlanta|