NFL Betting Previews- Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons

by Dirty on September 18, 2011

Betting on Atlanta Falcons Football




Point spread: Philadelphia -2.5

Over/Under: 50

It will a battle of the birds this Sunday night when Michael Vick returns to the Georgia Dome with his Philadelphia Eagles to take on his old team, the Atlanta Falcons in a NFC clash between two division winners from a year ago. The kick-off is slated for 8:20 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBC.

Philadelphia  got off to a solid start last week 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 gave up a 47-yard rushing touchdown to Steven Jackson on the Rams first play from scrimmage, but then settled down to  build a 10-point lead at the half. The Eagles put the game away for good in the fourth quarter, when LeSean McCoy ripped-off a 49-yard run for a score.

Vick finished the game with 187 yards passing and 98 yards rushing as the Eagles torched St. Louis for over 400 yards of total offense.

Atlanta did not fare as well in its opener with a 30-12 loss to Chicago as a three-point road favorite. The total went ‘over’ the 40.5-point line. The Falcons’ normally potent offense was held to  just two field goals as their only touchdown in the game was a 54-yard interception return when the game had already been decided. Matt Ryan finished the day with 319 yards passing and Michael Turner had 100 yards rushing, but Atlanta could not find its way into the end zone.

The Eagles are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games as a road favorite and the total has gone ‘over’ in six of their last seven games on the road. The Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a home underdog and the total has gone ‘over’ in nine of their last 13 games overall.

Head-to-head, Philadelphia is 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and 4-1-1 ATS in the last six games in Atlanta. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of the last eight games overall and in the last five meetings here.

This will be Michael Vick’s first appearance in the Georgia Dome as a starter since his days in Atlanta, but do not expect the crowd to welcome him back with open arms. The thing to expect is another big night from this Eagles’ offense to pin the Falcons into an early 0-2 hole.

The Pick: Philadelphia 34     Atlanta 21

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