NFC Divisional Playoffs: Three things to watch in Falcons v Eagles

Nick Foles Reasons to Remain Confident

They said it went well, and the additional work can make a difference. If it's the latter, the Eagles have a shot against Matt Ryan and Co.

Despite being the top seed in their conference, the Eagles find themselves as underdogs entering today's game due to the absence of star quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered a season-ending knee injury previous year.

If there was ever a sign to point at whether or not the 28-year-old is ready for the Philadelphia Eagles to feel his wrath when his Atlanta Falcons face off with them in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday, it's that. The Titans have not won in New England since 1993 and that's when the franchise called themselves the Houston Oilers.

As US sportsbook players were glued to their TV screens this past weekend, they must have come to an inevitable conclusion: the Atlanta Falcons can play some defense. Wentz threw for 231 yards. The Falcons totaled 124 yards in the win for a 3.2 yards-per-carry average. Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 64.6 percent of passes for 4,095 yards, 20 TDs, 12 picks and 91.4 passer rating.Ryan has passer rating of at least 100 in five straight postseason games, tied for second-longest streak in league history.

Atlanta Wide Receiver Julio Jones was limited in practice on Thursday with an ankle injury but will not miss any time against Philadelphia.

Atlanta's defense has speed at all three levels.

Early betting trends at Sports Interaction show the Falcons taking a majority lean on the spread. Falcons were 5-1 vs. common opponents while Eagles were 4-2.

The Philadelphia Eagles enter their divisional playoff game on Saturday as the underdog. The Falcons advanced from the Wildcard round after surprisingly defeating the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 26-13. That looked much more like the club that reached Super Bowl LI.

Ryan is projected to finish with 262 passing yards and 2 TDs. Jones caught that TD among his nine grabs for 94 yards. He has also covered the National Football League on numerous platforms, giving him a bird's eye view that's unmatched. The Falcons are even listed as a favorite to come out victorious, according to Sportsbookreview.com. Not something you can count on weekly.

This will be Ryan's fifth trip to Philadelphia with the Falcons.

For the last team into the NFC side of the playoff grid, the Atlanta Falcons have a rather clear path to the Super Bowl. If Wentz were healthy, it would likely be a almost a touchdown favorite here. Foles threw four touchdown passes in his first start after Wentz was lost, but that was against the New York Giants, who were bad. That was Philly's only home defeat.

Back-up quarterback Nick Foles has taken over the starting duties and has been serviceable, with five touchdowns and two interceptions in his three starts. What an interesting statement about a man who took a team from a 9-7 season to a 13-3 season!

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