MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
When: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at 8:20 PM
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Point Spread: Philadelphia Eagles -2
Betting Total: 52.5
The Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Atlanta on Sunday Night Football in week 2. The stats aren't kind to teams starting 0-2, and that is what the Atlanta Falcons are hoping to avoid against Philadelphia.
The Falcons looked awful in a 28-12 loss to Minnesota in the season opener, that was not as close as the score would indicate. Since making the playoffs in 2017 Atlanta has now lost 11 of its' last 17 games, putting coach Dan Quinn on the hot seat.
Philadelphia rallied from a 17-point deficit in the opener to defeat Washington 32-27 to start their season.
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview
The Eagles used a balanced running attack to complete their comeback. Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles and Miles Sanders 116 yards on 26 carries. Each running back has a very specific skill set and the Eagles will continue to look at matchups to exploit against the Falcons.
A healthy Carson Wentz will be the key to the Eagles offense. He was impressive in the opener completing 28 of 29 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. DeSean Jackson looked like he found a time machine.
The veteran looked like he hasn't lost a step eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Alshon Jeffrey has two touchdown as well, one through the air and one rushing touchdown.
Philadelphia's defense which was 30th against the pass last year, looked like it was going to be the same story in 2019. Case Keenum lit them up for 380 yards.
The Falcons offensive line saw two major injuries and will have a complete new right side. Expect to see plenty of pressure brought in attempt to confuse the new starters.
Atlanta Falcons Betting Preview
If the Falcons don't get off to a quick start coach Quinn will be looking for a new job by the middle of the season. This team has high expectations and with no Super Bowls, owner Arthur Blank's patience is running thin.
Matt Ryan was 33 for 46 for 304 yards for two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. Ryan's numbers were fine but he will need more production from Julio Jones if this season is going to find the Falcons in the playoffs. He caught 6 passes for only 31 yards.
Atlanta's run game was almost non-existent as well going for only 73 yards. Since they were playing from behind the abandoned the run game to try and complete the comeback.
The Falcons defense gave up the first 28 points, before the Falcons scored the last two touchdowns in garbage time. The defense only managed one sack and created no turnovers against Minnesota. The Vikings offense moved the ball at will early in the game, before slowing it down once they got the big lead.
MyBookie has the line at Philadelphia -2 and the over/under at 52.5. The game started as a pickem'.
Free Betting Pick
The Eagles have dominated this series in the recent past, winning the last three games straight up. The Falcons looked like the much better team week 1, and I expect that to continue week 2.