No dog masks this time.
It was the Eagles who raced out to 32 points after originally falling behind Washington 20-7 at halftime. The Falcons, meanwhile, were only able to score 12 fourth quarter garbage time points after falling down 28-0 in Minnesota.
Now the Eagles and Falcons will face off in Week 2. As seen on SB Nation’s odds page, the Eagles are currently favored by as much as 1.5 points despite being the road team:
History might not be on the Eagles’ side here.
The Falcons are 11-5 against the spread and 8-8 straight up as home underdogs since the Matt Ryan era began in 2008. That’s good for the third best cover percentage in the NFL. More recently, the Falcons are 3-0 against the spread and straight up as home underdogs since the Dan Quinn era began in 2015.
Moreover, the Eagles’ history as road favorites hasn’t been so great. Philadelphia is 4-6 against the spread (tied for 26th best cover percentage) and 5-5 straight up since the Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz eras began in 2016.
History is more favorable to the Eagles when it comes to their specific matchups against Atlanta. The Eagles are 3-0 in their last three games against the Falcons. Of course, all three games took place at Lincoln Financial Field. And Nick Foles was the starting quarterback for the last two tilts.
It feels like this week’s Eagles versus Falcons game could easily be another barn-burner that comes down to the wire, just like the last two times these teams faced off. The Falcons are going to want to bounce back after a poor showing in Week 1. I’m also sure they’re tired of losing to the Eagles every season. It goes without saying that Philadelphia will have to play a cleaner game this week than they in Week 1. There are a number of issues for the Eagles to clear up.
Ultimately, I like betting on Wentz and Pederson more than I do Ryan and Quinn. Wentz looked so good against Washington; there’s reason to believe he can lead the Eagles to victory in a hostile environment.
How are you feeling about this week’s game?