SUNDAY 1:00 Lincoln Financial Field, PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
NEEDS TO STEP UP:
OLB Mychal Kendricks: This is the second time Kendricks has appeared here. He didn’t step up the last time (at Detroit), and we lost that game as a result. He’s here for the same reason this time. Atlanta throws to their RB’s a lot, so Kendricks has to not be a liability in coverage. Our Defense should get good pressure on QB Matt Ryan. Kendricks can not give Ryan somewhere cheap and easy to go with the ball.
WE MUST CONTAIN:
LG Andy Levitre: This is less a player to contain, and more one to attack. Levitre is a mid-level lineman, playing between an over-paid/under-performing Free Agent C in Alex Mack, and a sorely disappointing LT in Jake Matthews. (Yes, he’s from THE Matthews Family.) If the Eagles can control the LG spot, that would destabilize Atlanta’s entire offensive attack. Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, RB Devonta Freeman…dominating Levitre would shut that all down. Getting back DT Bennie Logan this week, should help a great deal with this part.
EAGLES STORY LINE:
The Eagles can win this game if the coaching staff handles 1st and 2nd down with care. Don’t get cute and just focus on picking up yards is the order for this game. The Falcons already bleed points and yards. All we have to do is not hand back everything they’re going to give us.
The Falcons are 6-3 the way the Vikings were 5-0. It’s a weak and circumstantial winning record. They don’t do anything we can’t handle if we come to the game ready to handle business.
This is a VERY winnable game if the Eagles go out there and actually take the win.
Eagles 30 – Falcons 21