Philadelphia Eagles vs Atlanta Falcons Divisional Playoff Round Preview. Saturday 4:35 EST on NBC.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons hop to continue to play the role of underdog dream crushers throughout the 2018 NFL playoffs, except they are now listed as 3 point favorites due to the fact that Nick Foles is starting in place of the ACL torn Carson Wentz. Last week the Falcons handled Jared Goff & Todd Gurley with great defensive play. Nobody is talking about the Atlanta defense, but guys like Keanu Neal, Desmond Trufant, Deion Jones, and rookie Takkarist McKinley are playing very good football. If they can shut down Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount, and force Foles to try and beat them through the air, it should be a good day for Atlanta. Matt Ryan has Julio Jones, and running backs Tevin Coleman & Devonta Freeman who had successful days in LA last week, to lean on. If Philly wants to win, guys like Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Timmy Jernigan & Chris Long will need to have big days up front against Atlanta’s biggest weakness the interior of their offensive line.
The third-highest rated postseason passer of all time, Ryan has posted a gaudy 70.7 completion percentage, 10.1 yards per attempt, 16:3 TD-to-INT ratio and 119.1 rating over his last six playoff games. Nick Foles’ 2017 numbers rank last in completion percentage 54.0, yards per attempt 5.0 and passer rating 77.7 among the 12 postseason quarterbacks.
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