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Philadelphia Eagles (7-4) at Atlanta Falcons (6-5)
Sunday December 6th, 1:00PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Philadelphia -5 ½, 43 ½ O/U
Two teams trying to fight their way back into the playoff hunt will collide this Sunday afternoon in the Georgia Dome when the Atlanta Falcons host the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are leading candidates at the present time for a wild card spot, but they are attempting to make another surge at the NFC East crown. The Falcons on the other hand have struggled of late and just trying to get into a better situation that would secure a postseason opportunity. The Eagles have now won two in a row, but they were close games over struggling opponents and it will be interesting to see if they can keep the momentum pointed in the right direction. The Falcons are losers of 4 of the last 6 games and have a difficult stretch of games on the horizon. The Falcons must get things turned around and quickly if there is going to be any hope of a playoff run.
The problems for the Falcons have mainly been on defense where they have allowed 28 points per game over the last 6 contests. The same Atlanta defense allowed just 15 points per game during their first 5 games that resulted in a 4-1 start and is safe to say that has been one of the leading causes to the recent downfall. The offense has a ton of more problems heading into Sunday. QB Matt Ryan will be out after injuring his toe and running back Michael Turner is also expected not to play after re-injuring his ankle. Without the Falcons two biggest reliabilities, things look tough. QB Chris Redman was solid in replace of Ryan last week or at least not terrible by any means completing 23 of 41 passes for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns without an interception. If Redman can give another similar effort, the Falcons could keep the passing game clicking with TE Tony Gonzalez and WR Michael Jenkins. WR Roddy White has missed some practice this week, but most expect he will be good to go for Sunday which will be a big benefit considering the Falcons are already missing their most important playmakers.
The Falcons defense will go to war with an Eagles offense led by QB Donovan McNabb who is the commander of a passing attack that has been the main contributor the offensive success this season. The loss of RB Brian Westbrook (concussion) has left a hole in the running game. Rookie Tailback LeSean McCoy has shown promising signs, but still has a way to go averaging 4.3 yards per carry with 528 yards on the ground this season. Those struggles have led to the offense relying on the arm of McNabb who has thrown for 2,189 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. WR DeSean Jackson has been the big play threat this season averaging 17.5 yards per catch. Also, rookie wide out Jeremy Maclin has come along well in recent weeks and is making himself a solid contributor to the offense. Luckily for the Eagles, the Falcons have relinquished 253 yards per game through the air meaning McNabb and company will have plenty of chance to make some more big plays. Philadelphia will need to find a way to pull out the win because they can not give Dallas any more breathing room if they are to get back in the division hunt.
Betus.com opened the betting line favoring the Eagles favoring 6.5 points, but that has actually dropped to 5.5 despite the Falcons who are plagued by injuries. The over/under mark is posted at 43.5. Some interesting betting trends to consider heading into the game include the Eagles who are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games on the road and have reached the over in 9 of their last 12 games. Atlanta has reached the over in 5 of the last 6 games and holds a mark of 4-1 ATS in the past 5 games.
Pick – Eagles -5.5