The Atlanta Falcons offense faces a tough task in their opening home game of the season. Playing Philadelphia is no easy task, but the Falcons look to get some revenge Sunday. Matt Ryan and the offensive line will have their hands full. The Philadelphia defensive line is scary good. On paper, the Falcons may look like they will have a hard time, but I’m here to tell you otherwise. The Atlanta Falcons will win 27-17 and I will tell you how.
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The Falcons offense will have a tough time running the ball. The Eagles front seven is legit. Led by Flecher Cox who is an animal, Vinny Curry is a run-stopping machine, and Derek Barnett is a stud. This game will be won and lost in the trenches, and the Falcons offense will have to be ready to put up points.
Julio “Waffle House” Jones
Seven catches 115 yards & one touchdown. You can pencil that in for Julio Jones Sunday night. The Eagles just don’t have anyone that can cover the All-Pro. Jones will make plays all over the field Sunday night. Don’t be surprised if he scores in the red zone on Sunday. Julio Jones loves playing the Eagles. In the playoffs two years ago Jones had nine catches & 101 yards. Versus the Philadelphia Eagles in his career, Jones has torched them for 597 yards and four touchdowns. I know Julio will come out ready to put on a show in this opening game at home.
Austin Hooper will have a solid game for the Falcons, most likely finishing with 60+ yards on five catches with one touchdown. Expect the Eagles to leave Hooper one on one with linebackers. Add in the additional offseason work with Matt Ryan, leaving Hooper primed for a big game. He will be able to get open underneath and will have some run after the catch opportunities. The Falcons will need Hooper to play well, and when he plays well the offense goes from good to great.
Matt Ryan is going to light the Eagles up. Ryan has passed for over 4,000 yards, eight straight seasons. Ryan is in his prime and is on the same page with all his weapons. He will have to take what the defense is giving, and that’s what he’s been doing consistently now for three years. I expect some quick passes to the running backs, so don’t be surprised if Devonta Freeman or Ito Smith have a receiving touchdown.
Matt Ryan will put on a show Sunday, with his poise and calmness. He won’t always have a clean pocket to throw from but he will make plays. Matt Ryan has been counted out before by players and analyst. This will be a test Coming home after a tough loss last week in Minnesota. Expect Ryan to show up and show out, looking to prove the doubters wrong.