Our resident degenerate gambler (and staff contributor) BForReal will break down each Eagles game this season to help give you a betting edge (you know, if you do that sort of thing).
Week 2 – Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, September 18th, 2011)
As much as I wanted to start the season off with a win in this prediction column, I was happier to see the Eagles get the early “W” against a Rams team that made a lot of fans going into last week. For the record, I was able to take the under once the game total reached 44.5 on game day, so I started off with a personal win although I needed to sweat it out in the 4th quarter. That’s neither here nor there though, since my public pick was 44 on the nose. For the purposes of this site, I’ll take the push.
In Week 2, the Eagles continue their season on the road as they visit the Georgia Dome to face the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons, by all accounts, are expected to make be a legitimate NFC contender. Week 1 made the public think otherwise, as a supposedly mediocre Bears team beat the dirty birds up and down the field all day in a 30-12 rout.
In my opinion, a loss like that makes the Falcons a very dangerous team for Week 2. While the Eagles are expected to be a great team this year with Super Bowl aspirations, a team as good as the Falcons should be able to put up a pretty good fight in their home opener after an embarrassing loss. The Falcons have one of the top offensive attacks in the league and last year showed that they can put up points with the best of them. At an average of 24 points per game in 2010, the Falcons were among the league leaders in scoring. The scary news? They performed even better at home, averaging nearly 27 points per game and turning while going 7-1 there during the regular season.
The Eagles will counter with their own high-powered offense. Michael Vick is making his first trip to the Georgia Dome as a starter and will be looking to electrify the crowd the same way he did early in his career. Many fans still love him there, and I’m sure he’ll see a warm embrace before the game which will keep his confidence high going into the first few series. The Falcons’ secondary cannot keep up with Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and the emerging LeSean McCoy, who, if given the opportuniy, brings a legitimate ground game to the Eagles’ offense. I expect the Eagles’speed to be the main factor in the first half, with the two offenses trading scores early and settnig up for a heck of a finish.
I’m staying relatively simple on this one, and going with the OVER of 49.5 points. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see this game reach a total of 60 points, but the idea that I could snag it today at 49.5 was attractive to me. Look for this number to climb closer to gametime.
Record Thus Far in 2011: 0-0-1