It is the first Monday night of the NFL season and sportsbooks are thrilled to have not one but two contests with betting odds locked and loaded for your entertainment purposes.
With more options for NFL picks, we can look at both the side and totals of these two contests and make our determination on what we prefer, or at least what I prefer.
Anyways, here is my breakdown of key elements against the NFL odds.
I have read countless articles and listened to podcasts from various experts go on about how much improved Atlanta is this season and they could very well win the NFC South. Seeing this division almost always has a new champion each year and the fact Carolina was 7-8-1 to be crowned champions in 2014, not a stretch to imagine supposed new champ could arise.
However, I still look at their offensive and defensive lines and do not see great improvement by the Falcons and while Dan Quinn brings new energy to the team as coach, historically, first-year coaches do not deliver great results.
Philadelphia mauled the opposition in first three NFLX games, leaving one to wonder are the Eagles a mirage or being the aggressor like Sean Payton and New Orleans was in 2009 when they did the same thing in Super Bowl season. Philly has talent and if Sam Bradford can play injury-free, the Eagles will score and now have DeMarcus Murray. Philly is a strong 9-4-1 ATS against Atlanta and as this article was posted, 80 percent had their money on the Eagles, which I agree with as an football handicapper.
Heritagesports.eu released the total on the Eagles and Falcons at 53 and it flew all the way to 55.5, before settling back Sunday morning at 54.5. Clearly, the general consensus is both teams will move the ball up and down the field and big plays will be a part of this NFC showdown.
On one hand you can understand that with four new starters on offense, Atlanta will have some issues, despite the talent on the perimeter which could limit their output. However, on defense, the same is also true with six new defensive starters for the Dirty Birds and hard to imagine there will not be some problems with Philadelphia’s potential explosiveness.
The Eagles rebuilt there secondary, which gave up 30 touchdown passes and a league-high 72 pass plays of 20 yards or more last season, will be tested right out of the gate by the Falcons and their two dangerous wideouts, Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Just a slight lean with the Under for me with almost 55 percent of bettors on the Over.