Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Reasonable expectations for Week 1

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Will the Philadelphia Eagles come out on top in their Week 1 debut?

The Philadelphia Eagles are just days away from their first game of the 2021 season. They fly south for their first matchup as the Atlanta Falcons are the opponent. This will be the 37th time these two franchises will meet, with the Iggles leading the series by a 20-15-1 margin.

Over the course of the past five seasons, however, the Falcons and the Eagles have shared similar storylines. Both franchises have made multiple playoff appearances and a Super Bowl appearance, but football’s biggest game has ended in very different ways for both teams.

Both franchises also seem to be sharing the same fall from grace, particularly this past the season, where both teams only recorded four wins. Atlanta, like the Eagles, also has a new first-year head coach leading the charge, one Arthur Smith.

As detailed above, both of these franchises are in similar current states, with many unknowns facing them as they move forward. That doesn’t mean that we can’t preview what both teams will look like come Sunday.

Everything comes down to the question at hand. Which team has the advantage and the best chance to win this Week 1 matchup? Let’s dive in with some reasonable expectations.