Monday Night Football Betting: Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons

Added September 14, 2015 by Levi Watkins

The first of two Monday Night Football games for Week One features the improving Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons are coming off a disappointing 6-10 season and despite some upheaval in the coaching ranks there’s not much to suggest they’ll be an appreciably better team this season. The Eagles went 10-6 in 2014 and are hoping that oft-injured quarterback Sam Bradford can make it through the entire season. When Bradford is healthy he’s as good as any quarterback in the NFL and a definite upgrade over Nick Foles.

The Falcons still have a top flight quarterback in Matt Ryan but obviously he can’t do it alone. That’s something we learned last year but he’s been very good in the opening game of the season–he’s on a 7-0 SU/ATS run in the first game of the year. The coaching is better as well–Dan Quinn is a defensive oriented head coach and that’s where the Falcons have been sorely lacking in recent years. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is also an upgrade. They can do only so much with some seriously questionable personnel. The Falcons’ looked old and slow last season and it’s hard to see where they’ve done anything to change that. Quinn is going to make a difference in Atlanta–he’s credited as the architect of Seattle’s nasty defense–but it’s going to take some time.

Philadelphia, on the other hand, looked unstoppable during the preseason. Sure, it was just the preseason but they averaged over 38 PPG and beat the Ravens, Packers and Colts. Only one team (Seattle) managed to hold Philadelphia under 20 points last season and they look even better this season–and particularly with a healthy Bradford. The risk now becomes that they’re overvalued based on last year/preseason and that could be the case. Atlanta at one point was a formidable home team but they went just 3-4 SU/ATS last season. Still, Philadelphia is more of a known quantity and Chip Kelly now has the team he wants. We expect him to do some serious damage this season and the Falcons will likely be the first name on his list of victims.


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