Eagles vs Falcons : NFL 2018 Divisional Football Game Week 1. The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night in the 2018 NFL season opener.
Welcome To Watch The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday in the 2018 NFL season opener. It’s a rematch of their 2017 divisional playoff game, won by Philly 15-10. The Eagles opened as four-point favorites, but now are laying 2.5 in a game Nick Foles will start over the recovering Carson Wentz. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored in the game, has dropped to 45 from an open of 46.5. Before you make any Falcons vs. Eagles picks, you’ll want to hear what SportsLine’s Mike Tierney has to say.
Tierney is a national sportswriter who has covered seven Super Bowls and he has an extreme gift for picking over-unders. In the 2017 playoffs, Tierney told readers to go under 48.5 in Falcons-Rams. The result: Atlanta won 26-13 and the under hit by nearly 10 points.
And that wasn’t some lucky guess. Tierney has been crushing the books on these picks for two-plus years now, going an astonishing 52-30 on NFL over-under picks since the beginning of the 2016 season, a cash rate of over 63 percent. Those who have followed his picks since then have seen massive returns.
Now, Tierney has analyzed every matchup, every trend and every angle for the Thursday night matchup between the Falcons and Eagles and locked in his over-under pick. He’s sharing it only over at SportsLine.
Tierney knows the Eagles ranked third in scoring last season (28.6 points per game) and erupted for 79 points in the NFC title game and Super Bowl LII with Foles under center. Jay Ajayi returns after amassing over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in just 14 games, while Zach Ertz (74 catches, 824 yards, 8 touchdowns) looks to cement himself as an elite tight end.
The Philadelphia Eagles released their third and final official injury report on Wednesday in advance of their Week 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Three players have unsurprisingly been ruled out for Thursday evening: Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, and Mack Hollins.
Wentz has been a limited participant in practice all week but we’ve known he wasn’t going to suit up since Nick Foles will be starting under center. The reigning Super Bowl MVP will be backed up by Nate Sudfeld, who had a nice preseason.
Jeffery and Hollins did not practice at all this week. Jeffery, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, is reportedly expected to be back around Week 3. Hollins has been dealing with a groin issued and recently suffered a “little setback” as Doug Pederson put it.
With Jeffery and Hollins not playing, the Eagles will be without two of their top four receivers. That’s certainly not ideal. Philadelphia will try to get by with the following five against Atlanta: Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Shelton Gibson, DeAndre Carter, and Markus Wheaton. Expect Agholor to lead the receivers in targets. Wallace and Gibson have deep threat ability. Carter and Wheaton might seem some rotational playing time but they’re bound to get most of their action on special teams.
The Eagles being so light at receiver could prompt then to go heavy with two tight ends featuring Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert in this game. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see them try to really get Darren Sproles and Corey Clement involved in the passing attack.
In other injury news, Michael Bennett was a full participant on Wednesday after sitting out on Tuesday. As expected, yesterday was just a rest day for the 32-year-old defender.
Jay Ajayi was also a full participant for the second day in a row. The Jay Train will likely lead the Eagles in carries on Thursday night.