The Atlanta Falcons are ready to open the 2021 season taking on their old rival out of the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Falcons are coming off a disappointing string of seasons that led to the firing of head coach Dan Quinn and General Manager, Thomas Dimitroff. With the new regime in place, the Falcons hope to finally get quarterback Matt Ryan back to the Super Bowl.
The Eagles finished 4-11, last place in the NFC East, and will also bring a lot of new faces with them to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
These two teams were once considered the cream of the crop in the NFC, now both are hoping to rebuild and contend once again.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles Odds Week 1
The Week 1 betting odds on WynnBET have the Falcons as -3.5 point favorites at home. They have -170 odds on the money line, while Philadelphia is the underdog at +145. The total for the game is set at an Over/Under of 48 points.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles Prediction Week 1
The Falcons didn’t show a lot in the preseason, and that may have been by design. New head coach Arthur Smith is playing his offense close to the vest until it counts. Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley will be the focal points offensively, with rookie Kyle Pitts ready to shine as well.
The new-look offensive line in Atlanta will be tested by a gritty, veteran defensive front. Falcons rookie offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield will start at guard on Sunday after projected starter Josh Andrews broke his hand last week. That will be a matchup to keep an eye on.
In the end, the Falcons defense should be improved enough against quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has very little NFL game experience, and Matt Ryan’s bevy of weapons will be too much for the Eagles to handle for four quarters. Falcons cover the 3.5 point spread, and it’s probably a safe bet to take the over in this potential shootout.