NFL Season Open with Falcons vs. Eagles: Which Team Has Better Odds?
September 4, 2018
NFL season kicks off with a Falcons vs Eagles game this Thursday, September 6. Happening at the Lincoln Financial Field which is the turf of the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, the match gives the team the home-field advantage. But do sportsbooks predict that the Eagles will win against the Falcons?
Treating NFL as one of the biggest events in football, sportsbooks have each released their own set of odds, but for most, Eagles will be the victor for week one’s game. From William Hill sportsbook, the Falcons are at 23/20 odds while the Eagles are at 20/27 odds.
Recently, the Eagles announced that they changed their quarterback from Carson Wentz to the current Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles. Doug Pederson, head coach of Philadelphia Eagles, thinks that this adjustment will be for the betterment of the team as he said:
“After consideration and everything and about the football team and this decision, Nick Foles is the starter Week 1. It is about the football team and the best interests of the 53.”
After Wentz tore his ACL in last year’s game, he has not been in the field since. He has undergone surgery to repair his ACL last December and has been in recovery. Before the incident, Wentz had completed 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Wentz is not the only one missing out this season. Nigel Bradham will miss the game due to his suspension while Alshon Jeffrey will be recovering from an injury.
On the other hand, Foles’ record for this pre-season reflects no touchdowns, 16 of 26 passes for 171 yards, and two interceptions. Will the designation of Foles as quarterback lead to the Eagles’ victory?
The game this Thursday will not be a first time for both teams to meet on the field this year. At the divisional round of the NFC playoffs last January, the Falcons faced defeat by five points from their Philadelphia opponent. This loss served as a stepping stone for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl LII.
The results of the pre-season games were also disappointing for the Falcons. They have lost all four games including a game against the Miami Dolphins which ended with a 34-7 score.
Despite the team’s failure to win any pre-season games, Falcon’s quarterback, Matt Ryan, remains optimistic. When asked how he felt about the regular season approaching, he said:
“Excited. Obviously, we’ve put in a lot of hard work during the offseason, during training camp to get to this point. I feel like we have a good, talented team. Guys that have worked really hard. We’re excited about the opportunity Thursday and hopefully kicking this thing off on the right foot.”
Currently, the Falcons are under the guidance of their head coach, Dan Quinn. Ever since he became the team’s regular coach in 2015, Quinn has led the team against the Eagles three times and has not yet reached a favorable result. But he did add 15 new players to the team. These new additions include Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and Logan Paulsen. With the Falcons’ recent losses, will the new members lift the team to their triumph?
As the first match of the season quickly approaches, there is much pressure on the Eagles as they are the defending champion and that they are to play in their home court. Losing against Falcons will mean a great decline in the Eagles’ odds of winning in the next matches.