With a long time to rest, the Falcons will head into their matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles relatively healthy—though Desmond Trufant’s injury looms large—and ready to continue their winning ways. Will they do so?
Whether you believe they will depends on how you feel about the Eagles, an opponent that looked much stronger at the beginning of the year than they do right now. Carson Wentz has fallen off a bit, Ryan Mathews has been mediocre aside from punching in five touchdowns, aside from Jordan Matthews, none of this team’s receivers are playing particularly well. Defensively, they’re not terrific, but they are aggressive and opportunistic, with eight interceptions, nine forced fumbles, and 23 sacks so far on the season, which means they can turn the game in short order. Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox, in particular, are a huge problem up front.
In short, they’re a flawed team, but one that is certainly capable of providing a stiff challenge. It would be fair to say I’m not taking them lightly.
I’m going to continue to make myself unpopular and predict a Falcons loss in this game. The Eagles have looked shaky for a bit now, but I firmly believe they’re a good football team, one that can do considerable damage to the Falcons defense with a short passing game and plenty of touches for Darren Sproles, who is always extremely dangerous. There’s little question Julio Jones is going to toast their defensive backs, but that doesn’t guarantee a win for Atlanta, which
I’ve got 35-34, Eagles. How about you?