Philadelphia Eagles vs Atlanta Falcons Prediction, 9/12/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 1
Game: Philadelphia Eagles vs Atlanta Falcons
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Falcons (-3.5)
The Atlanta Falcons (4-12-0 last season) will play the Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1 last year) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. Philadelphia opens this matchup as 3.5-point underdogs. The over/under comes in at 46.5.
The Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up their year holding a 4-11-1 record. In their last game, the Eagles played against the Football Team and ended up losing by a score of 20-14. Boston Scott was the rushing leader for the Eagles with 15 carries for 65 yds (4.3 yards per carry). Zach Ertz held an average of 5.3 yards per reception by earning 16 yards on 3 catches. Jalen Hurts finished 7/20 with 72 yds passing. He had a QB rating of 25.4 and finished the game with 1 interception. In the running game, the Eagles conceded 103 yards on 27 tries, which is an average of 3.8 yds per rush allowed. Philadelphia allowed 22 pass completions on 32 tries for a total of 145 yards, and a completion rate of 68.8%. In all, they tallied 65 plays which gave them a total of 216 yards. The Philadelphia Eagles ended up running the ball 29 different times and amassed 118 yds, which came out to an average of 4.1 yards per carry.
The Eagles attained 5,354 total yards for the prior year. They surrendered the football 29 different times (20 picks and 9 fumbles). Philadelphia compiled 22 touchdowns through the air and 16 rushing touchdowns. Philadelphia recorded 177 1st downs as a unit, and they committed 107 infractions for 853 yards. As a unit they maintained an average of 126.7 yds on the ground, which was 9th in the league. When it comes to scoring points, the Philadelphia Eagles had an average of 20.9 PPG.
Regarding yards through the air, the Eagles gave up 3,798 yards which ranked them 15th in the NFL. In their 16 games played last season, they yielded 237.4 yards per outing through the air in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 68.7%. They surrendered 363.1 yards per game which ranked them 19th in the NFL. They gave up 27 throwing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns. They gave up an average of 4.2 yards per tote and 125.8 rushing yards per game for the previous season. During the season, they conceded 2,012 yards via the ground game in 16 games. The Eagles ranked 20th in the NFL regarding their opponents scoring, allowing 26.1 points per game.
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The Falcons ended the year having earned a 4-12-0 record. When they last stepped on the field, the Falcons took a loss by a final score of 44-27 when they faced the Buccaneers. Todd Gurley ran the football 9 times for 18 yards, ending the contest with 2.0 yards per attempt for Atlanta. Russell Gage was a featured target for the Falcons, bringing in 9 balls for 91 yds (10.1 yards per reception). Matt Ryan (2 touchdowns) finished the game with 265 yds on 29/44 passing while his quarterback rating was 97.3. He didn't throw any picks and his longest completion was 26 yds. Atlanta gave up 22 attempts on the ground for 94 yds (4.3 yards per rush). The Falcons secondary conceded a completion percentage of 63.4%, relinquishing 391 yards on 26 out of 41 passing. The Falcons finished with a total of 385 yards while they ran 71 plays (5.4 yards per play). Atlanta rushed for 4.9 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 127 yds on 26 attempts.
When discussing putting points on the board, the Falcons ranked 16th in football averaging 24.8 PPG. Last year, the Falcons threw for a total of 4,363 passing yards in addition to an average of 272.7 passing yards per game, which ranked 5th in the league. They maintained an average of 95.8 yards per game on the ground and rushed for 1,532 yards for the season. The Atlanta Falcons averaged 368.4 yards/game ranking them 18th in football. The Atlanta offense compiled 736 yards of penalties on 83 infractions, which was 23rd in the league in terms of helping out the other team. They threw 11 interceptions while losing 7 fumbles and they earned 243 1st downs.
The Falcons relinquished 25.9 points per game, which had them ranked 19th of all teams in the NFL. Last year, they conceded 414 total points. Atlanta allowed the opposition a total of 1,677 yards on the ground (104.8 yards/game) in addition to 15 touchdowns rushing last season. They allowed 34 touchdowns via the pass as well as 293.6 yards/game, which had them in 32nd in the league. The Falcons defense took part in 1,034 plays, which was good for 18th in the league. They totaled 21 turnovers (9 fumbles and 12 interceptions) last season.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Falcons NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Atlanta -3.5
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