Falcons and Eagles Kickoff NFL 2018 Season

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Eagles Open Defense of Super Bowl Championship

The Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles play their season openers Thursday Night. Lincoln Financial Field hosts the Week 1 contest. Kickoff is set for 8:20 pm EST on NBC’s Thursday Night Football.

Oddsmakers opened the Eagles as -5.5-point favorites versus the Falcons, while the game’s total opened at 46.5. The game is now down to a PK and the total is down to 45.

The Eagles have had a 6-month party since winning the city’s first NFL Championship.  They are ready to defend that title.

The Eagles began their postseason journey last season with a 15-10 triumph over the Falcons in the NFC divisional round. They embraced the “underdog” role despite being the top seed. They played it to the hilt. Becoming David who kept knocking off Golaith’s.

Foles is Starting for the Eagles

Nick Foles has been named the starter for Thursday’s matchup. He famously relieved the injured Carson Wentz late in the season.  He steered Philadelphia to a 41-33 win over New England in the NFL’s signature game. Foles also garnered Super Bowl MVP honors in the process.

He has a wide receiver corps in flux due to injuries to start the season. The Eagles scored a league third-best 28.6 points per game in 2017. That may not be possible early this season.

They 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. The Eagles boasted the NFL’s stingiest pass defense in 2017.

Philadelphia became the 11th team in NFL history with three players score at least eight touchdown receptions last season. Zach Ertz led all NFC tight ends with 74 receptions and 824 yards to go along with a career-high eight scores. Alshon Jeffery had nine TDs. Wideout Nelson Agholor had eight TDs.

Agholor is ruled out for Thursday’s contest as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

Defensive end Brandon Graham had a career-high 9.5 sacks in 2017. He had a huge sack on Brady in the Super Bowl, as well as one in the last encounter against Atlanta.

Linebacker Nigel Bradham also registered a sack in the last meeting versus the Falcons. He had a team-leading 88 tackles in the regular season.

Falcons Need to Have a Balanced Attack

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan  is a Philly area native. He followed his 2016 NFL MVP season by eclipsing 4,000 yards for his franchise-record seventh consecutive campaign. He signed 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. He has four straight 100-plus receiving yard performances versus the Eagles.

Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman fueled Atlanta’s eighth-ranked offense last season. They kept defenses off balance by combining for over 2,100 yards from scrimmage and 16 touchdowns.

Atlanta LB Deion Jones joined Carolina’s Luke Kuechly and Jacksonville’s Telvin Smith as the lone players to record 100-plus tackles and three-plus interceptions last season.

PREDICTION: Falcons 24, Eagles 14

Falcons and Eagles Kickoff NFL 2018 Season 1

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Atlanta 11-7 8-10 21.61 19.06 2.55 5-3 3-7 5-13 2-6 3-7
Philadelphia 16-3 13-6 29.00 18.16 10.84 7-3 6-3 10-9 4-6 6-3
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 16.56 16.87 -0.31
PHI 13.03 17.77 -4.74
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 11.35 9.57 1.78
PHI 11.21 10.42 0.79
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
ATL 4.21 4.17 0.04
PHI 4.42 3.87 0.55
Team Records

Atlanta Falcons

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 11-7 5-3 6-4 8-10 5-3 3-7 21.61 19.06 2.55
vs Conf 10-4 5-1 5-3 8-6 5-1 3-5 23.07 18.36 4.71
vs Div 4-2 3-0 1-2 3-3 3-0 0-3 21.67 18.50 3.17
Last 3 2-1 1-0 1-1 2-1 1-0 1-1 19.33 12.67 6.66

Philadelphia Eagles

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 16-3 9-1 7-2 13-6 7-3 6-3 29.00 18.16 10.84
vs Conf 12-2 7-1 5-1 10-4 6-2 4-2 28.14 16.29 11.85
vs Div 6-1 2-1 4-0 4-3 1-2 3-1 29.00 20.29 8.71
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 31.33 16.67 14.66

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 21.61 15 18.16 4
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 241.20 9 214.70 14
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 109.50 11 71.20 2
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 29.00 1 19.06 6
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 223.10 19 226.10 14
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 128.10 9 111.90 14

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Atlanta 4-6 4-5-1 3-7 18.50 108.50 3.97 34.80 59.20 222.40 330.90 1.70
Philadelphia 6-4 5-4-1 3-7 23.70 113.40 4.25 36.10 65.37 272.40 385.80 1.40

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Jan 13, 2018 ATL PHI 10-15 86 195 281 0 96 238 334 2
Nov 13, 2016 ATL PHI 15-24 48 255 303 1 207 221 428 1
Sep 14, 2015 PHI ATL 24-26 63 336 399 2 105 290 395 2
Oct 28, 2012 ATL PHI 30-17 146 246 392 0 92 178 270 0
Sep 18, 2011 PHI ATL 31-35 133 314 447 3 138 180 318 2
Oct 17, 2010 ATL PHI 17-31 65 228 293 2 154 320 474 1
Dec 6, 2009 PHI ATL 34-7 103 277 380 0 61 234 295 3
Oct 26, 2008 ATL PHI 14-27 77 258 335 3 192 240 432 1
Dec 31, 2006 ATL PHI 17-24 159 219 378 1 43 350 393 1
Sep 12, 2005 PHI ATL 10-14 51 250 301 3 200 119 319 3

NFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Falcons

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jan 13, 2018 PHI 10-15 L -2.5/40.5 L/U 86 195 281 96 238 334 -2 A
Jan 6, 2018 LAR 26-13 W 6/48 W/U 124 198 322 115 246 361 -2 A
Dec 31, 2017 CAR 22-10 W -5/44.5 W/U 60 311 371 87 161 248 -3 H
Dec 24, 2017 NO 13-23 L 5/51 L/U 67 264 331 86 229 315 1 A
Dec 18, 2017 TB 24-21 W -7/49.5 L/U 201 209 410 84 289 373 -1 A

Philadelphia Eagles

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Feb 4, 2018 NE 41-33 W 4.5/49 W/O 164 374 538 113 500 613 0 A
Jan 21, 2018 MIN 38-7 W 3/39 W/O 110 346 456 70 263 333 -3 H
Jan 13, 2018 ATL 15-10 W 2.5/40.5 W/U 96 238 334 86 195 281 2 H
Dec 31, 2017 DAL 0-6 L 3.5/40 L/U 70 149 219 129 172 301 1 H
Dec 25, 2017 OAK 19-10 W -10/46 L/U 78 138 216 137 137 274 -3 H

Next up:
Atlanta home to Carolina Sunday, September 16
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay Sunday, September 16

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Falcons and Eagles Kickoff NFL 2018 Season 1