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Predictions For Betting On Falcons Eagles – Falcons Try To Stay Atop The NFC, Prepare For Eagles

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/24/2012 6:47:32 PM

The Atlanta Falcons remain the last unbeaten team in the National Football Conference. They will try to keep their magical ride going when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday, October 28    
Betting line: Philadelphia -1.5

Why Atlanta Will Win

When football betting gurus go about the process of picking apart these two teams and finding certain angles on this game, they'll realize that the Philadelphia Eagles have become a mirage. It really was too good to be true: The Eagles started 3-1 this season despite averaging multiple turnovers per game. No team can sustain a winning identity when turning the ball over, and the Eagles saw the odds catch up with them. Philadelphia's first three wins came by a grand total of four points, and sure enough, the Eagles have lost over the past two weeks while the turnovers have continued to flow from the hands of quarterback Michael Vick, who is having a terrible season. The Eagles are a team in crisis; head coach Andy Reid had to fire his friend, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, replacing him with Todd Bowles. The Eagles don't trust themselves or their abilities at the moment, and that's why it will be hard to trust them in crunch time against the Falcons.

Realize this about Atlanta: It wins close games. The Falcons have not been dominant this season – let's be honest about that. Yet, when placed in a 50-50 game in the final minutes, this team finds a way to get the job done. Atlanta has come from behind to win in the last minute against Carolina and broken a tie in the final minute of regulation against Oakland. The Falcons played a sluggish game at Washington a few weeks ago but rose above the moment in the fourth quarter to pull out a seven-point triumph.

Atlanta is the team with a winning identity, while Philadelphia is the team in search of answers on both sides of the ball. You want to ride with Atlanta here.

Why Philadelphia Will Win

Because each of these teams are coming off bye weeks, online sports betting legal entities have had a little extra time to contemplate the nuances of this matchup. They have some very solid reasons for picking the Eagles.

First of all, Atlanta is going to lose at some point. This team is not the 2007 New England Patriots in a reincarnated form. Atlanta has been playing close games more than blowouts. The Falcons have benefited from stupid plays on the part of their opponents. They have been less convincing as a team than the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and even (in light of their recent show of great form) the Green Bay Packers. The magic will end at some point for the Falcons – that's how the odds work.

It's also important to realize that Philadelphia has had a bye week to adjust to the changes on its coaching staff and gain a better, more positive mindset for this game against Atlanta. The Eagles will treat it as their Super Bowl and gain an extra measure of motivation, one that could make all the difference for Andy Reid's ballclub.

Who Will Win

This game will be close because the Eagles will be inspired and energetic. They will play tough defense. However, Michael Vick won't win unless he can avoid turnovers, and that's the part that will sink the Eagles at home. Take the Falcons.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Atlanta


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