Point spread by VietBet: Philadelphia -1
The birds of prey will be out in full-force this upcoming Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons clash in a battle between two division winners from a year ago. Game time from the Georgia Dome is set for 8:20 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on NBC.
Philadelphia started the 2011 regular season on a solid note with a 31-13 victory over St. Louis as a 4.5-point road favorite. The total ended as a ‘push’ against a closing line of 44 points. Philadelphia fell behind early in this one on a Steven Jackson 47-yard touchdown run on the Rams first play from scrimmage, but it was all Philadelphia from there as the Eagles built a 10-point lead at the half and put things away for good on a LeSean McCoy 49-yard run for a score in the fourth quarter.
Michael Vick completed less than 50 percent of his throws, but made enough plays to get the job done. He finished the game with 187 yards passing and 98 yards rushing to help the Eagles amass over 400 yards of total offense against St. Louis.
Atlanta is still reeling from its 30-12 loss to Chicago as a three-point road favorite. The total in this game squeaked ‘over’ the 40.5-point line. The Falcons’ offense could manage just six points against the Bears as their only other score was an interception return for a touchdown when the game was already out of reach.
Led by quarterback Matt Ryan’s 319 yards passing, Atlanta’s offense was able to move the ball up and down the field against the Bears, but went just 4-for -13 on third downs and 0-for-2 from the Red Zone. The Falcons did a good job running the ball against Chicago with 110 total rushing yards and a healthy average of 7.9 yards an attempt. Michael Turner led the way with 100 yards on 10 carries.
The Eagles are 4-1 straight-up in their last five road games and the total has gone ‘over’ in six of their last seven games away from home. The Falcons are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games at home and the total has gone ‘over’ in nine of their last 13 games overall.
Head-to-head, Philadelphia boasts an 8-1 SU record in the last nine games and a 10-1-1 record against the spread in the last 12 meetings. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of the last eight games overall and in the last five games played in Atlanta.
This will be Michael Vick’s first appearance in the Georgia Dome since his days in Atlanta, but do not expect a warm welcome from the hometown crowd. What you can expect is for Vick to light things up in prime time as the Eagles roll to a 2-0 start.
The NFL Pick: Philadelphia 34 Atlanta 21
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