Atlanta Falcons: 5 Bold predictions for Divisional Round vs. Eagles

The Falcons seemed to regain their form of last season during their 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams in a wild card game last week

The Falcons seemed to regain their form of last season during their 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams in a wild card game last week

Jones, who was listed with ankle and rib injuries last week, reeled in nine receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Fourteen teams scored more points than the Falcons.

The top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles have a surprise opponent next Saturday for their NFC divisional round game at Lincoln Financial Field. With the right game plan, Nick Foles can make Atlanta pay when they stack the box.

The moment of truth has arrived for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles (13-3) are the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog in their opening playoff game. Matt Ryan completed only eight passes to other receivers for 132 yards, including a 76-yard TD to Taylor Gabriel. He sat out the final three quarters in Week 17 along with most of the starters.

The Falcons' offense, ranked No. 1 last season, hasn't been almost as potent in 2017 despite bringing almost everyone back from last year's team.

The Falcons may have gotten into the NFC playoffs as the No. 6 seed, but the competition was deep in the conference this season and the Falcons were the third team from the NFC South to reach the playoffs with double-digit victories.

While the underdog label may frustrate some of the Eagles' fanbase.

Schwartz doesn't care about allowing Jones to rack up fantasy points.

Oddsmakers weren't impressed. Of course, players and coaches shrugged off the disrespect. He performed like the quarterback that almost won last year's Super Bowl. As for the Eagles, their loss wasn't a big one as their spot in the playoffs was already safe; however, it was no doubt a worrying one.

The Falcons' defense is scary good and scary fast.

Fletcher Cox says the Eagles simply aren't respected. They've got an underrated secondary, which helped the Eagles limit opposing quarterbacks to a 79.5 passer rating in the regular season. The running game must get going as well, with Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount pounding away on the Falcons after giving up over seven yards per carry to Todd Gurley a week ago. Absolutely. And despite the strength of the Falcons, perhaps the Eagles should still will look like the favorite in this divisional round showdown. The Eagles won 27-10 on a chilly day as they shutdown Mike Vick and the Falcons' offense to advance to their first Super Bowl in 24 years. Let's just see if the Eagles can survive a weekend at home first.

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