Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Reasons Eagles Blow out the Falcons

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IOctober 27, 2012

Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Reasons Eagles Blow out the Falcons

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    The Philadelphia Eagles have the unenviable task of taking on the undefeated Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 of the NFL season.

    The Eagles have yet to put together a complete game this season. On the other hand, the Falcons are undefeated and always find a way to get a win. However, this week the Eagles have everything in their favor and will be responsible for giving the Falcons their first loss of the season.

    The Eagles will put it all together with a double-digit win, playing like the Super Bowl contender they were predicted to be.

    Here are five reasons this game will not even be close.

Run, Run, Run

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    Head coach Andy Reid will focus on the running game in this matchup and with good reason.

    All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy has had success in the past against the Falcons. McCoy had 116 yards from scrimmage and two scores in the last meeting. This type of success running the ball is a good sign for the Eagles.

    The Eagles are 10-1 when McCoy rushes for more than 100 yards.


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    The Eagles are off a bye week and that has meant great success for teams in the NFL this year.

    Since Reid has taken over at the helm, the Eagles are 13-0 after a bye week. The coaching staff will have this team ready to win in Week 8 and this is also a good sign for anyone that wants to bet on the Eagles.

    From a betting standpoint, the football odds (courtesy have the Eagles listed as a one-point favorite.

    The public is betting on the Falcons and it is always a good idea to go against the public.

    2012 NFL teams coming out of the bye week are 7-3 against the spread (ATS) this season and all signs point to a big Eagles win.

Falcons Overrated?

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    The Atlanta Falcons are undefeated and they have a very talented offense. Quarterback Matt Ryan is the anchor of the high-powered offense that features many talented weapons including Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones, but are they overrated?

    They had to have a few lucky bounces to beat some mediocre teams when they beat the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders.

    It could be argued that the only impressive win they have on the season is against the Denver Broncos. However, that game featured a rusty Peyton Manning that had yet to get his bearings.

    The Falcons defense is suspect and it will get its biggest challenge on Sunday.

Flying Bird

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    The Eagles offense has been rather inconsistent this season.

    It has already been mentioned that McCoy does very well against the Falcons, but he is not the only Eagle to be looking forward to this meeting.

    Jeremy Maclin’s two finest games have come against the Atlanta Falcons.

    In consecutive years, Maclin has had great games against the Falcons. In 2010, he hauled in seven catches on his way to a 159-yard and two-score outing which led to victory. The next year, he corralled 13 catches for 171 yards and another two touchdowns against this Falcons defense.

    Maclin is poised for another big game, but it all starts with the play of Michael Vick.

Big Game for Michael Vick?

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    Michael Vick needs to have a great game to beat Atlanta. Vick will face his former team and he played off the reunion in a recent interview with John Manasso of Fox Sports.

    Vick called Sunday “just another game.”

    “Last year, going back to Atlanta, that was special,” he said, as he backed up Donovan McNabb in 2009, “so it added a little bit to the game. Now, it’s just two good football teams going head-to-head and it’s going to be a good football game. Nothing extra added to it. I’m not getting any more pumped for this game than any other game. It’s just another game that we’ve got to play on Sunday and another game we’ve got to win.”

    Vick is saying all of the right things, but this game is very important to him and his team. A loss would put the Eagles below .500 and Vick in the red-hot spotlight.

    That is why Vick will respond with a big game and the end result will be a blowout victory for the Eagles.

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