The Atlanta Falcons difficult schedule moves into phase 2 with the Philadelphia Eagles coming into Atlanta for a Sunday night primetime game. The Eagles have owned the Falcons, winning each of the last three meetings, so the question is, what can the Falcons do to win this game on Sunday?
The Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the best, if not the best, teams in the NFC for the last three seasons. A win in Super Bowl 52 over the New England Patriots solidified their hold at the top of the NFC. Last season, after another injury to their star quarterback, Carson Wentz, derailed their Super Bowl defense, but this season is back in the pole position to come out of the NFC, picked by a lot of football experts and pundits. A comeback win, down 17-0, last week against the Washington Redskins further proved their merits of an excellent football team.
The Falcons have found little success when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles in the last three years. Not only have they lost the two regular-season games, but the Atlanta Falcons, the team that represented the NFC in Super Bowl 51, were knocked off by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 when Atlanta was attempting to get back to the Super Bowl. The Falcons were the team to beat until the Eagles came along to assert dominance over the NFC. Now, the Falcons are looking up at the Eagles.
Taking down the Eagles will be no easy task for the Atlanta Falcons. One advantage for the Falcons will be the home-field advantage. Famously, Atlanta fans can be fickle when it comes to showing up to sporting events, and the Falcons are no exception. Take a look at the crowd of any 1 P.M. game to see how many empty seats there are. That’s no secret. However, this will be a primetime game and home opener, so expect fans to be in the seats for this game.
Unfortunately, for the Falcons, games aren’t won by being at home or loud fans. The Falcons will be desperately looking to avoid an 0-2 start to the season so they will have to play an almost perfect game to beat this Eagles team. This Falcons defense has done pretty well with the Eagles defense over the last three games, holding the Eagles to under 25 points each game. It’s been the offense that has struggled for Atlanta against Philadelphia. Here are three questions for the Falcons offense going in Sunday’s game.