NFL Playoffs Wk 2 Falcons Eagles

NFL Playoffs Wk 2 Falcons Eagles

After a convincing playoff win against a stacked Rams team, Atlanta seems to be gearing up for another Super Bowl run. As defending NFC champs, the Falcons limped through a difficult, hung-over season before clicking towards the end of the year. Now, having won four of their last five contests, the Dirty Birds – a wildcard team – are actually favored to beat one of the best teams in the league in their own house. Yep, the visiting Falcons are favored against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Obviously, much of the reason for this is that Carson Wentz, who was neck-and-neck with Tom Brady in a two-man MVP race, tore his ACL a month ago, but backup QB Nick Foles has played solid ball in his place.

At most legal online betting shops – and at every Las Vegas sportsbook – the Eagles – once favored to win it all – are now underdogs. In addition to being favored by three points, the Falcons – led by defending MVP Matt Ryan – are looking to take the next step in erasing a painful Super Bowl LI. Still, Ryan didn’t have a stellar game against the Rams in round one, going 21-30 for only 218 yards and a single touchdown. Instead, it’s the Falcons defense that stepped up at the right time. Yes, that defense did give up 101 rushing yards to Todd Gurley and 142 receiving yards to Robert Woods. But the key point is that neither of those Rams stalwarts actually got the ball into the end zone.

If the Falcons defense can neutralize the Eagles’ solid passing attack, there may be no stopping them, at least in the Divisional round. However, the Eagles are a better defensive unit (5th) than the Falcons (9th), while the teams’ offenses – at least under Wentz – are more or less commensurate. Either team could easily win this NFL playoff matchup, but at the end of the day, it seems that the betting public is a little higher on Matt Ryan than Nick Foles, which is probably the right decision.

USA online sportsbooks looks for a moderately high-scoring affair this Saturday (4:35 PM on NBC), as Bovada’s Falcons vs. Eagles over/under is sitting at 41.5 points. And remember to check in with your favorite online sportsbooks to get up-to-date odds and props for the big game as the weekend approaches. However, if you’re going to bet, it’s best to get your pick in sooner rather than later, as – once Falcons WR Julio Jones (who sat out practice on Tuesday) looks like a sure thing for Saturday – you can expect the Falcons spread to only increase.