The Atlanta Falcons will continue their playoff road trip this week when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday in the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:43 PM. ET.
Falcons vs Eagles Odds
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Point Spread and Over/Under
- Atlanta Falcons -3
- Philadelphia Eagles +3
- Over/Under 41
Atlanta Falcons Analysis…
The Atlanta Falcons showed just how important playoff experience is, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in the Wildcard round of the playoffs.
Atlanta’s defense came up big on Saturday, holding the high-scoring Rams to 13 points on the road. The team will need another big performance against a very capable Eagles team that feel they are not getting the respect they deserve because Carson Wentz is done for the season.
Matt Ryan didn’t have his best game of the year, but he was very solid and didn’t turn the ball over, which was one of the biggest reasons they won the game. Ryan also had held from his running game, and the Falcons finished the game with 124 rushing yards and one touchdown.
The Falcons will once again need to establish the run against the Eagles, so Ryan isn’t forced to carry the team on his shoulder. If they run the ball well, they will give themselves a good chance to win this game.
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis…
The Eagles finished the season with the best record in the NFL, but that doesn’t seem to matter because they will be going into this game as home underdogs.
Even though the team won’t have Wentz, who was one of the MVP favorites when he got injured, Nick Foles is an experienced quarterback capable of taking the team all the way to the Super Bowl.
While Foles didn’t look impressive in their season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, expect to see a better performance from him on Saturday.
Like the Falcons, the Eagles will need their defense to step up in this game to reduce the amount of pressure the offense will be under. They will also need their running backs to play well and make life easier for Foles.
If the Eagles can’t establish the run, the Falcons defense will bring a lot of pressure and try to force Foles to make mistakes. If they run well, Foles will be able to take advantage of the play action pass and keep the defense honest.
The Falcons will be riding high following their win over the Rams, but the Eagles are a much better team and should be able to get the win. Take Philadelphia +3.
Play: Eagles +3