Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles Expert Analysis (Sportsbook Picks)
The online football betting playoffs continue this weekend and what better matchup to tune in for than the Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFC Divisional matchup. The Falcons proved they are not to be underestimated this past weekend when they dominated the Los Angeles Rams. In fact, seeing Atlanta hold the NFL’s No. 1 scoring offense to 13 points was the most impressive fact to come out of this past weekend’s action. With that performance in mind, let’s take a look at what kind of 2 team teaser odds Matt Ryan and the Falcons will be facing in this weekend’s postseason matchup.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles – NFC Divisional Round
When: Saturday, January 13th || 4:35 pm ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass
Online Football Betting Lines:
Atlanta Falcons -3 (-105) 41 (-110) -165
Philadelphia Eagles +3 (-115) 41 (-110) +144
Matt Ryan is back in action after missing practice yesterday.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) January 10, 2018
The Falcons finished this year’s regular season with a 10-6 record to finish 3rd in the NFC South. Subsequently, Atlanta earned a Wild Card draw as the NFC’s 6th seed. But the real kicker regarding Atlanta is just how great their defense fared against the Rams’ top-scoring offense. Throughout the regular season, Los Angeles averaged a total of 29.9 points per game. Notwithstanding that average, the Falcons were able to hold LA to half that figure. Granted, Los Angeles didn’t have much playoff experience and it took them a while to get rolling. Philadelphia doesn’t exactly exude postseason experience, so should online football betting players expect a similar turnout this Saturday?
Considering that the Eagles will be contending with a backup, it’s safe to assume so. Jared Goff finished the season with a 100.5 passer rating, so Atlanta has to be feeling pretty good about themselves. Ultimately, it’s up to Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense to give Atlanta an early lead this Saturday, and put all the pressure on Philadelphia’s shoulders.
The Eagles turned in a 13-3 record to finish 1st in the NFC East this year. Additionally, the Eagles were able to finish No. 1 overall in the NFC to get the conference’s top spot, as well as a first-round bye in this year’s playoffs. By the looks of it, NFL sportsbooks are siding against the Eagles by a decent amount. No doubt this decision is rooted in the fact that Carson Wentz will be absent from the starting lineup this weekend. His backup, Nick Foles, fared fairly through his first couple of games. But the way Foles performed in the final week of the season has got Eagles fans worried, and rightfully so.
And how could they not worry after Foles posted a 9.3 passer rating? While that may not be the league record for the worst passer rating in a game, you have to be nervous seeing that as you’re heading into the playoffs. It’s a shame too, considering that Philly has yet to win a Vince Lombardi trophy. Foles will be going up against the NFL’s 12th best pass defense in this weekend’s Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles contest, so there’s not much sense backing the Eagles this weekend.