Atlanta Falcons: Three Things to Watch against the Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney Mc Leod sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the second half of an NFL football NFC divisional playoff game Saturday Jan. 13 2018 in Philadelphia

"I haven't executed as well as I wanted to the past couple of weeks, but I go out there and play and having this time to self-scout, go through practice, you realize just go out there and play", Foles said. Now they are the number one seed and are underdogs at home just because they lost Carson Wentz. However, if they unsuccessful, the afternoon could be long and dreary.

So why are the Falcons a three point favourite?

Linebacker Chris Long #56 of the Philadelphia Eagles is mobbed by his teammates after stripping the ball from Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

A prep star at Foley, Jones finished the game with nine receptions for 101 yards. The Eagles defense will pressure Matt Ryan and, at the end of the day, that will be the deciding factor in this game. They let the Eagles and Foles convert several big third downs and were outplayed in the trenches. That said it is also true that he is a back-up quarterback who is a huge downgrade from Carson Wentz.

It wasn't an ideal start for the Eagles, who had a bye last week during the wildcard round, as they looked to take down a side who were in the Super Bowl a year ago. The Jaguars, who boast strong head-to-head trends - try 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games on the road against the Steelers - must hope that running back Leonard Fournette can gash Pittsburgh's 10th-ranked run defense.

Throughout the season, there were moments when the Falcons' high-octane offense just couldn't punch it into the end zone. Foles' very bad overthrow should have easily been picked, but Neal mistimed the ball and it caromed off his knee and right into the hands of Eagles receiver Torrey Smith for a fluky 20-yard gain.

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Despite finishing above.500 during the regular season, the Falcons were a disappointment to Vegas.

In a game where Philadelphia's offence has every chance of misfiring without Wentz, their defence will once again need to be at its best to stop Julio Jones and co. They generated just four takeaways during the first seven games of the season but have forced 14 turnovers in the 10 games since. If Nick Foles throws the ball 45 times for Philly, an Atlanta win is guaranteed.

Ultimately, things come down to quarterback play. I'm sure the Eagles have a conservative gameplan ready for Foles, and Falcons coach Dan Quinn will make sure he's uncomfortable in the pocket.

It'll remain to be seen if the underdogs' masks make an encore appearance. The Falcons also gifted the Eagles 63 yards worth of pass interference calls of their own.

Early betting trends at Sports Interaction show the Falcons taking a majority lean on the spread.

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