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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons Sunday Night Football Betting Preview

Written by:
Carrie Stroup
Published on:
Sep/17/2011
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons Sunday Night Football Betting

Carrie Stroup here with your Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons Sunday Night Football betting preview.

Sportsbook.com Line & Total: Philadelphia -2.5 & 49.5

Opening Line & Total: Philly -1.5 & 50

Michael Vick returns to Atlanta as a starting quarterback for the first time when the Falcons host Philadelphia Sunday night.

Even with Vick and the passing game a bit out of sync with drops, the Eagles still ran up 404 yards of offense in St. Louis in Week 1, as they cruised to a 31-13 road win. Atlanta lost 30-12, but it did move the ball in Chicago though. Despite just six offensive points, the Falcons still had 386 yards of offense on the slow track of Soldier Field. And their power running game could pose problems for a suspect group of Philly linebackers. RB Michael Turner had 100 yards on 10 carries against a very good Chicago run defense. But Philly’s all-world secondary should continue to frustrate Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who threw for 319 yards but also turned it over twice and failed to orchestrate a touchdown drive. The Falcons have lost three in a row, SU and ATS, to 2010 playoff teams, getting outscored 95-47 in those games. Sunday night should make it four straight.

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Vick had 187 yards and two passing touchdowns, and added another 98 yards on the ground with just 10 carries. The Philly defense wasn’t special, allowing 335 yards to a subpar Rams team that saw its top QB (Sam Bradford), RB (Steven Jackson) and WR (Danny Amendola) all leave the game with injuries. And Philly’s defensive unit is a little nicked up heading into Sunday night. LB Akeem Jordan suffered a significant shoulder injury and is doubtful to play. DEs Darryl Tapp (strained pectoral muscle) and Juqua Parker (foot) were both injured in the victory over the Rams, and are both questionable to suit up for Week 2. Second-string QB Vince Young is also questionable with a hamstring injury. The Eagles have won the past four meetings, both SU and ATS, by an average score of 29 to 14. They outgained the Falcons 474 to 293 in last year’s 31-17 rout.

There was not much good to take away from Atlanta’s dud performance in its 30-12 loss in Chicago. The Falcons gained 7.9 yards per carry, but were forced to throw 47 times in a futile comeback attempt. They also allowed Jay Cutler to throw for well over 300 yards and only forced one turnover (when the outcome was no longer in doubt late in the fourth quarter). Three Atlanta linemen are all uncertain to play because of knee injuries. DT Jonathan Babineaux will be out at least a month with a partially torn MCL, while DT Corey Peters and C Todd McClure have less severe knee ailments and are both listed as questionable for Sunday.

- Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter

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