Philadelphia Eagles versus Atlanta Falcons: 4 Bold predictions for Week 1

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Brian Dawkins #20, Philadelphia Eagles
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Might we see some magic in the Philadelphia Eagles’ regular-season opener?

It isn’t the most historic of NFL rivalries. Heck, calling it a rivalry isn’t even the accurate term to associate with it, but whenever the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons get together for a football game, something magical always seems to happen.

Who can forget Brian Dawkins‘ knockout shot on Michael Vick, Philly finally getting over the hump after three consecutive losses in the NFC Championship Game, or Julio Jones misjudging the flight of the ball as one final pass from Matt Ryan fell harmlessly to the turf back in January of 2018? That last one resulted in the first win of a playoff run that ended with a Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Yep, the Eagles and Falcons may not be rivals technically, but there always seems to be some extra energy when the paths of these two proud franchises cross. It won’t be any different as they meet again for the first game of the season. This time, they lock horns for the first regular-season game of the 2021-2022 NFL season. Here are four bold predictions.