Philadelphia Eagles vs Atlanta Falcons
Tonight starts new NFL season. The defending champion, Philadelphia Eagles will host Atlanta Falcons.
I like here the Falcons and the under.
In several previous seasons the team who was the defending champion wasn't exactly successful in these opening games of the new seaaon. It's a fact that might not be too much important but I think it is worth a mention.
In any case I opted out of betting Atlanta here cause the value is gone long ago. Namely from initial +4.5 on the Falcons the line pretty quick dropped somewhere around +2.5 while now few hours before game we have even odds. So, of course I won't bet Atlanta on such line, although I agree with line movement given on fact Philadelphia is weakened by injuries. The bottom line, pass for me on the match winner/handicap market.
Totals are where I have strong opinion and it's under the totals.
These two sides met in the playoffs season ago. Eagles of course have won back then with 15:10 score. So it was extremely low scoring match back then. Probably not so low this time but I belive way lower from the offered totals.
With Carson Wentz still injured, Nick Foles will have the chance to face again Matt Ryan, the starting QB for the Falcons.
It's not only QB Wentz out for the home team but also Alshon Jeffery, Tim Jernigan, Mack Hollins are all out for the Eagles.
Beside those who are definitely unavailable, Philadelphia Eagles have more concerns in fact that Brandon Graham, Nelson Agholor, Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement all missed most of the preseason.
The Eagles in general were terrible in the preseason, especially when their offense was in question. So no wonder we have above big drop in odds on the road team.
On the other side Atlanta kept most of their last season great roster plus added Calvin Ridley, the wide receiver. Atlanta IMO is very good offensive team but probably very underrated when defense is in question. Cause, they are good on defense too, year after year they got better, this is not anymore those Falcons from few seasons ago when played in Superbowl and who were practically first of all offensively great side and not much defensively.
Expected result, Falcons wins 24:17.
In any case, my best bet is under the totals.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Atlanta Falcons prediction
|Under 45.5 pts||Pinnacle||1.90||8||18-12 WON (+7.2 units)|