September 06, 2018
You saw what Jimmy Kempski, our Eagles writer, had to say about Week 1's games, and how the PhillyVoice sports staff sees the Birds tilt against the Falcons playing out, as well as where The Philly Godfather thinks you should be laying your money.
Now lets go around the horn and take a brief look at what the experts at the big media outlets are saying about Philadelphia and Atlanta:
|Media outlet||Expert's name||Game prediction|
|NJ.com||Zack Rosenblatt||Eagles 24, Falcons 20|
|Sporting News||David Steele||Eagles 26, Falcons 23|
|CBS.com||Jason La Canfora||Falcons win|
|CBS.com||Pete Prisco||Falcons 21, Eagles 17|
|ESPN.com||Tim McManus||Eagles win|
|NESN.com||Staff picks||Falcons win|
|SB Nation||James Brady||Eagles win|
|Bleacher Report||Chris Roling||Eagles win|
|PhillyVoice||Philly Godfather||Falcons win|
|PhillyVoice||Jimmy Kempski||Eagles win|
And here's what a few had to say more in depth as they broke down the match up:
1. Health. Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, Tim Jernigan and Mack Hollins are all out. Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Nelson Agholor and Brandon Graham missed most of training camp.
2. Preseason struggles. Nick Foles will start at quarterback after some troubling struggles in his the two preseason games he participated in. He's a momentum quarterback, and doesn't have the same momentum he did in the postseason.
3. The Falcons are good. Atlanta returns most of its talented roster and even added another weapon (WR Calvin Ridley) on offense. Not an ideal Week 1 opponent for a team that hasn't practiced with its full offense since February. Despite all of that ... haven't we learned our lesson? Despite all of those issues, and even without some of those players, this is still possibly the most talented roster in the NFL, Foles has bounced back from struggles before and the Eagles defense could be dominant out of the gate. [nj.com]
There's no shortage of motivation for either team in the kickoff to the new season. The Eagles want to defend what they won and prove they’re no one-year wonder. The Falcons want to be the home team in Super Bowl 53. They also want to avenge their elimination in last year’s divisional round in Philly, sealed by a late goal-line stand punctuated by some questionable play-calling. Nick Foles starts this game, as he started that one and every postseason game last year. He did not have a good preseason, which may or may not mean anything. The Eagles defense, retooled (this is Michael Bennett’s debut), likely will make it all moot. [sportingnews.com]
Wentz expects to make his return from a torn ACL and LCL against the Falcons. Whether that comes to fruition or not, there should be enough energy inside Lincoln Financial Field on the night they raise the championship banner to carry the Eagles past last season's divisional opponent. [espn.com]
Let's be real: The Falcons should have won in the playoffs last year. And this team is better, while the Eagles are dealing with a ton of injuries, including quarterback, which is why Nick Foles will start. Winning on the road in a Thursday night opener won't be easy, but Atlanta will take it. [cbssports.com]
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