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NFL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 9/6/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
ATLANTA
 
PHILADELPHIA
PK  

PK  
-110

-110

44.5
 
12
Final
18

ATLANTA (11 - 7) at PHILADELPHIA (16 - 3)
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Week 1 Thursday, 9/6/2018 8:20 PM
Board OpenLatest
451ATLANTA46.5-1
452PHILADELPHIA-444.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games11-7-6.98-105-1321.612.3357.9(5.9)1.019.19.9321.6(5.4)1.1
Road Games6-4+23-73-720.911.7350.7(5.9)0.920.912.7338.0(5.6)1.1
Last 3 Games2-1+1.52-10-319.310.0324.7(5)0.012.78.7314.3(5.2)2.3
Grass Games3-2+11-40-520.012.0348.0(5.8)0.217.210.0339.8(5.7)1.4
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)21.612.320.530:0927-114(4.2)21-3364.8%243(7.4)60-358(5.9)(16.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.510.919.630:5126-107(4.1)22-3562.9%232(6.7)61-340(5.6)(15.8)
Offense Road Games20.911.720.029:5927-109(4.1)21-3264.9%241(7.4)59-351(5.9)(16.8)
Defense (All Games)19.19.920.229:5125-104(4.2)23-3565.1%217(6.2)60-322(5.4)(16.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2311.219.930:2027-112(4.1)22-3463.4%231(6.8)61-343(5.6)(14.9)
Defense Road Games20.912.720.530:0125-112(4.4)23-3566.2%226(6.4)61-338(5.6)(16.2)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Stats For (All Games)0.70.31.00.112-543.1%1-037.5%2-52(21.2)2-11(7.2)6-58
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.80.61.41.813-539.5%1-042.3%2-46(21.9)14-2(7.5)7-57
Stats For (Road Games)0.50.40.90.212-539.2%1-036.4%3-52(19.4)1-14(9.2)7-66
Stats Against (All Games)0.40.71.1 12-538.6%1-165.2%2-57(25.1)2-10(6.6)6-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.4 13-540.0%1-048.5%2-44(21.9)17-2(8.5)7-57
Stats Against (Road Games)0.20.91.1 13-537.0%1-158.3%2-66(26.4)2-14(6.2)6-54

PHILADELPHIA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games16-3+13.913-610-929.014.7377.9(5.8)1.218.28.3322.7(5.4)1.8
Home Games9-1+8.57-34-628.215.7351.2(5.6)1.412.45.0285.9(4.8)1.9
Last 3 Games3-0+4.13-02-131.318.3442.7(6.8)1.016.79.7409.0(6.4)1.3
Grass Games14-2+13.512-49-729.415.5376.9(5.8)1.317.77.2318.2(5.4)1.9
PHILADELPHIA - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)29.014.721.732:4730-131(4.4)22-3562.4%247(7)65-378(5.8)(13)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.510.619.130:0827-111(4.1)21-3462.0%224(6.5)61-335(5.5)(15.6)
Offense Home Games28.215.720.732:2931-128(4.2)21-3265.6%223(7)63-351(5.6)(12.5)
Defense (All Games)18.28.318.027:1221-81(3.9)23-3960.1%242(6.3)60-323(5.4)(17.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.41119.330:0627-109(4.1)21-3562.3%229(6.6)61-339(5.5)(15.8)
Defense Home Games12.45.016.227:3121-71(3.4)23-3859.8%215(5.6)59-286(4.8)(23.1)
PHILADELPHIA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Stats For (All Games)0.50.71.20.614-644.7%2-169.0%1-26(20.8)2-14(8.7)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.80.51.31.613-538.4%1-046.3%2-41(21.4)17-2(8.3)7-57
Stats For (Home Games)0.50.91.40.513-540.7%2-164.7%1-19(21.6)2-23(10.6)7-55
Stats Against (All Games)1.10.71.8 13-433.6%1-025.0%3-57(21)1-9(6.8)6-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.4 13-538.5%1-043.2%2-45(21.6)16-2(7.8)6-57
Stats Against (Home Games)1.30.61.9 13-429.0%2-025.0%2-43(18.6)1-12(10.5)7-69
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 22.3,  PHILADELPHIA 20.7
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
9/6/2018@ PHILADELPHIA            
9/16/2018CAROLINA            
9/23/2018NEW ORLEANS            
9/30/2018CINCINNATI            

PHILADELPHIA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
9/6/2018ATLANTA            
9/16/2018@ TAMPA BAY            
9/23/2018INDIANAPOLIS            
9/30/2018@ TENNESSEE            
KEY GAME INFORMATION
ATLANTA: WR Julio Jones is unstoppable at times, and Atlanta gets decent production from the rest of their receiving group when Jones draws defensive attention. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman might be the NFL's best RB combo: Both are great receivers, patient runners and homerun threats in the open field. Atlanta allowed only 28 points in two playoff games, including stymieing wunderkind Rams head coach Sean McVay. Former first-rounder edge-rushers Vic Beasley and Takkarist McKinley need to improve, though the secondary is one of the league's best with CBs Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford flanking S Keanu Neal. The front seven is athletic but lost key contributors with DE Adrian Clayborn and DT Dontari Poe leaving in free agency.
PHILADELPHIA: All indications are that QB Carson Wentz, the MVP front-runner before tearing his ACL in Week 14, will be ready for Week 1. Wentz's ability to extend plays and throw for big plays late in the down is what makes him special. The offensive line is fantastic, allowing Philly to run a diverse and expansive set of running plays. TE Zach Ertz and WR Alshon Jeffery are atop a deep skill-position group that can create mismatches in a number of ways. Philly's defensive line is dominant. Fletcher Cox may be the NFL's most underrated player, and Brandon Graham, Tim Jernigan and Derek Barnett would be the stars of many teams' front sevens. The additions of former Pro-Bowlers Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata as rotational depth are a nightmare for opposing O-lines. Rookie CB Sidney Jones (who would've been a 2017 first-rounder if not for a season-ending injury) provides another upgrade.
PREVIEW
Eagles begin title defense vs. Falcons without Wentz
 

Thursday night's 2018 NFL season debut features a matchup of the victor and the vanquished from the last two Super Bowls as the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles welcome the Atlanta Falcons for an 8:20 p.m. (ET) skirmish at Lincoln Financial Field.

From a historic perspective, this duel is between an Eagles team that outgunned the New England Patriots in the last Super Bowl and a Falcons team that was overcome in an embarrassing fall-from-in-front loss in the previous Super Bowl. Both Super Bowls were against the Patriots.

Although the main news in big games usually surrounds the starting quarterbacks, the hot topic this time is about the quarterback who will not play -- Eagles second-year sensation Carson Wentz. He remains the starter-in-waiting until medically cleared for a return from that mid-December surgery to repair two ligaments in his right knee, which ended a spectacular season for the second-year quarterback.

After initially acting testy about naming his starting quarterback, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced Monday that it would be Nick Foles, who was merely the Super Bowl LII MVP in a victorious 41-33 shootout over Tom Brady and the Patriots about eight months ago.

Tuesday, Pederson openly shared the agony and reality of keeping Wentz on the sideline because he was not medically cleared after the player himself set a goal for opening day and worked hard to reach that goal. Pederson said that there were not setbacks, as such, and said the quarterback is in a "good place" and "close" to returning, although admitting frustration because "I'm no medical expert."

And Pederson's frustration, which spilled out in two press conferences, might reflect what he does hear from medical experts. Dr. David Chao, a board certified orthopaedical surgeon who was team physician for the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers for 17 years, does not sound optimistic about a rapid return by Wentz. In fact, he says it could be weeks, or maybe even next season, before Wentz should play.

Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, the Falcons are trying to become the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium, with SB No. LIII scheduled for Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3, 2019. It is a realistic goal after the team added even more offensive firepower and is expected to return to the sort of high-scoring offense that propelled them to the championship game two years ago.

Still, the 2018 Falcons are a bit of a mystery. Head coach Dan Quinn did a great job protecting wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman. Neither played a down in the four preseason games.

He limited the snaps for quarterback Matt Ryan and other key players, such as wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, running back Tevin Coleman and first-round draft choice wide receiver Calvin Ridley. As a result, the team is probably as healthy as it has ever been entering the first game.

So, the Atlanta offense will have all its pieces in place and must hit the ground running, with Freeman and Coleman, and allow Ryan to get in sync with his receivers. The first-team offense looked great when it played against Kansas City, but struggled against Jacksonville (albeit both times without Freeman and Jones).

The defense will repeat the same aggressive nature it took in the playoffs when it held the Eagles to 15 points. However, the defense must find a way to get Philly off the field faster. They allowed the Eagles to convert 6 of 13 third-down opportunities and allowed them to have three possessions of 5:42 or longer and three drives that lasted 12 or more plays.

The Eagles must pressure Ryan, who historically has not played well in Philadelphia after growing up in the area. The Eagles have a way of dialing up their attack against him. Their defensive line may be even better than last season and is arguably the best in the league, with a rotation that includes Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Chris Long, Michael Bennett, Haloti Ngata and Fletcher Cox.

On offense, the Eagles have issues other than the controversy at quarterback, where Foles has proven his ability. Receiver Alshon Jeffery did not participate in any team drills during training camp. Left tackle Jason Peters and running back Darren Sproles did not play in the preseason. Running back Corey Clement only played in the first exhibition game and running back Jay Ajayi was held out in the final two games while receivers Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins did not play in any of the four games.

But the Eagles' defense helped beat Atlanta before. Two years ago, it held the Falcons to 15 points and won. Last year in the playoffs, it held them to 10 points and won again.

--Sports Xchange NFL team insiders Ed Kracz (https://footballmaven.io/eagles) and Stan Awtrey (https://footballmaven.io/falcons) contributed to this story.


Last Updated: 12/13/2018 9:56:45 PM EST


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