(4-1, 3-2 ATS)
(3-2, 2-3 ATS)
QB Michael Vick won’t be available on Sunday afternoon, but his old team will take on his new team in Week 6, as the Atlanta Falcons duke it out with the Philadelphia Eagles in NFL betting action.
The Falcons are in a great position right now, as they are atop in the NFC South and are in control of their own destiny at this point. Atlanta has gotten some great contributions from its ground game, as it ranks No. 2 in the NFL at 148.8 yards per game. Both RB Michael Turner and RB Jason Snelling have been great this year, as the two have combined for 665 yards and three TDs this year. However, it is WR Roddy White that has really made the offense go. He has a number of receptions of at least 25 yards this year, and he has totaled 463 yards and three scores on a team high 37 receptions. Needless to say, QB Matt Ryan has played well, completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 1,165 yards with seven scores and three picks. The secondary is still shoddy in spite of the fact that DB Dunta Robinson is in the fold now, but allowing 223.4 yards per game isn’t acceptable. Still, there’s only one team that has scored more than 15 points against Atlanta this year, something that the team doesn’t want to change any time soon.
Without Vick in the fold, it’ll be up to QB Kevin Kolb once again to make things work for the Philly offense. Kolb has thrown for 478 yards and two scores against just one pick, and though those numbers are reasonable, he just isn’t forcing the ball up the field the way that Vick did. Needless to say, this offense just isn’t as efficient right now with No. 7 out of the lineup. RB LeSean McCoy is averaging 5.4 yards per carry this year, which might be a fantastic average, but it isn’t necessarily leading to a dominating ground game. Twenty seven points were dropped on the board last week against the San Francisco 49ers, but that was the only truly efficient game that Kolb has had offensively this year in his starts. The defense is giving up 124.0 yards per game on the ground, something that the Falcons have to be licking their chops at. Three of the five foes this year have scored at least 24 points against this defense, and the only truly remarkable game was a 28-3 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.
The Eagles are in a lot of trouble without Vick in the lineup. This Atlanta team is probably significantly better than the Niners, and even though the game is coming at home, we tend to believe that this is going to be a relatively disastrous game where the fans in the City of Brotherly Love are going to get very, very restless.
NFL Free Pick: Atlanta Falcons +3