NFC heavyweights are set to square off for a week two showdown on Sunday night. The Atlanta Falcons will host the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of two of the last three champions in the National Football Conference. Both of these teams are trying to get back to that level, and both of the teams have the talent to do so. Week two of the NFL regular season usually looks much better than week one, and this should be a highly entertaining football game.
The Philadelphia Eagles looked as if they were going to start off the 2019 season with a loss, but then they found their offense. Philadelphia was down early to the Washington Redskins, but stormed back to earn an impressive 32-27 win over their divisional rival. The Eagles were a playoff team in 2018, but want to win the NFC East this season. Atlanta struggled in all aspects of the game in week one, losing by a score of 28-12 to the Minnesota Vikings. The Falcons have struggled to win games on the road in recent seasons, and being back at home should help a ton. Philadelphia is a slim -1.0 point favorite over the Atlanta Falcons in this game.
Eagles Happy to Have Jackson Back
The Philadelphia Eagles brought wide receiver Desean Jackson back this season, and he saved the day in the season opener. Jackson had 154 receiving yards against the Washington Redskins, including a pair of long touchdown catches. Quarterback Carson Wentz was also making his return to the field in this game, and having a weapon like Jackson on the field should make things easier. Philadelphia has a talented group of wide receivers, and also one of the game’s best tight ends in Zach Ertz. This Eagles team should pick apart a bad Falcons defense in this game.
If the Eagles are going to make a return to the playoffs this season, then they are going to have to find some more defense. Philadelphia gave up 398 yards of total offense in week one, including 380 passing yards to Case Keenum. The Eagles pass defense could be an issue against a great passing offense from the Falcons if they don’t make any improvements or adjustments.
Falcons Must Find Some Defense
Speaking of looking for defense, the Atlanta Falcons have been searching for a better defense for the last few years. Atlanta spent some time and money on improving their defense in the offseason, but it didn’t make much of a difference in week one. The Falcons did hold Kirk Cousins to less than 100 yards passing in the loss, but the Vikings ran all over them. Atlanta will face a balanced offensive attack in this game, and their defense will be challenged.
The Falcons should have one of the best offenses in the NFL this season, but the Vikings completely shut them down. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 71 percent of his passes in week one, and still managed to throw for over 300 yards. He also threw a pair of interceptions that were devastating to the Falcons chances. Atlanta has a superstar receiver in Julio Jones, and the Falcons should be able to score right with the Eagles in this game.
Atlanta Picks Up Crucial Home Win
These two teams should factor into the playoff race in the NFC this season, but each team has plenty of question marks as well. Both of these teams have terrific quarterbacks, but their defenses are not some of the best in the NFL. Expect plenty of points in this game, and for it to be a back and forth battle. The Falcons desperately need a win in this game, and they will get it with a late score. Bet the Atlanta Falcons +1.0 over the Philadelphia Eagles in this NFC showdown on Sunday Night Football. Take the Falcons and the point at our favorite pay per head bookie site at PayPerHead247.
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