Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons Matchup Preview 9/15/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Atlanta Falcons host the Philadelphia Eagles in their first home game of the 2019 season. The Falcons look to bounce back from a lousy performance against the Minnesota Vikings in week 1. Atlanta was dominated on both sides of the ball in Minnesota, putting their record at 0-1. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman should be primed to play with a better sense of urgency against the Eagles, after only scoring a measly 12 points against the Vikings. The Eagles’ offense was clicking in week 1. Carson Wentz found immediate chemistry with receiver Desean Jackson, who posted 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. They had a sluggish start last week against the Redskins, getting down early 17-0. The Eagles flashed their terrific potential as a team in the second half, while just escaping Washington with a 32-27 win. In what should be an exciting Sunday night matchup, the Eagles are favored by just 2 points on the road against the Falcons. For odds movement, and full matchup details on the Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons.
Date: September 15, 2019
Time: 8:20pm ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta Falcons: Matt Gono (Q), Wes Schweitzer (Q), Kenjon Barber (Q), Russell Gage (Q)
Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Mailata (O), Kamu Grugier-Hill (O), Malik jackson (IR), Nate Sudfeld (O), Fletcher Cox (Q)
Atlanta Falcons Analysis
The Falcons will be tested once again on Sunday against the Eagles. Matt Ryan threw the ball for 2 touchdowns and completed 70% of his passes, despite throwing 2 interceptions last week. The Falcons should look to get Julio Jones more involved, as he was blanketed by Xavier Rhodes in Minnesota. The running game also struggled, but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, because Minnesota was ranked 8th against the run last season. The Falcons have a plethora of weapons in the backfield as well as on the perimeter, which should indicate last week’s performance was more of a bad matchup against one of the elite defenses in the league. The Falcons’ defense got gashed last week by the run, as the opposing quarterback had to throw the ball just 10 times in the contest to earn a win. The Eagles running back committee isn’t nearly as much of a threat as Dalvin Cook, so I’d expect a much better performance in week 2.
Matt Ryan and his weapons should rebound with an all around big performance. The Eagles only ranked 30th in passing defense last season. They weren’t much better defending the run either, Philadelphia was the 21st best rushing defense a year prior. On the other hand, Atlanta’s defense also struggled last season, as they ranked 25th in points allowed per game. That statistic doesn’t bode well with Carson Wentz coming to town with even more weapons than he did last season. The Falcons defense should better defend against the run this weekend, because Philadelphia does not have a true No. 1 running back identified. The Eagles had a balanced touch distribution between running backs Darren Sproles (12), Miles Sanders (11), and Jordan Howard (8) against the Redskins. Philly’s allowance of 27 points against a lower tier Washington offense in week 1, should suggest that this matchup may become a shootout.
Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Eagles look to build off a win in Washington last week. Philly’s defense will have their hands full with Atlanta’s offensive firepower. The Eagles’ struggled to cause any disruption to Washington’s offense, recording no sacks and no interceptions in the contest. Philly’s secondary will have to be better prepared this week, after giving up 125 receiving yards to Washington’s Terry McLaurin in week 1. They will have to do a better job all-around in order to contain Ryan and his playmakers. Quarterback Carson Wentz looked sharp in week 1. Wentz slung it for over 300 yards, 3 touchdowns, and had a 121.1 passer rating. He should continue such success against a Falcons’ defense that ranked just 27th against the pass last year.
Philadelphia’s ground game should perform better in Atlanta. The Falcons were the 29th ranked rushing defense last season and did not look any better in Minnesota. However, Philly’s rushing attack was equally as abysmal last season, ranking just 30th in the league. Second-year running back Miles Sanders, will have the opportunity to validate the coaching staff’s belief in him. Tight end Zach Ertz and receiver Alshon Jeffery should both see more production in Atlanta. The 2 leading receivers from a year ago, only had 5 receptions a piece with neither having more than 60 yards in game 1. Philly’s 25th ranked defense in forcing turnovers a season ago, will have to cause more havoc to limit the connection of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Both defenses in this matchup will be challenged to slow the opposing offense down.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Jones Rebounds & Wentz Wows
Julio Jones is quite expensive (7,300), but should be worth every penny. The Falcons will be eager to get their star wideout going against an Eagles secondary that they can exploit. Atlanta will have to keep up with Wentz, so expect the ball going in Jones’ direction quite often in week 2. I expect a signature performance, 8 receptions, over a 100 yards receiving, with a score. I also like Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley against the Eagles. Philly will have to focus their attention on Jones, which could result in a productive day for Ridley. The second year receiver should be in serious consideration as a WR3 this weekend. I expect Wentz to tear up Atlanta’s secondary. He should be primed for another 3 touchdown performance with over 300 yards. He has too many weapons to not punish the 27th ranked passing defense from last season. It’s hard to gauge who is worth starting on the Eagles’ offense other than Wentz. Fantasy owners should expect inconsistency early on at Philly’s skill positions, while roles are still being established. Due to Atlanta’s lackluster defense, I’d be comfortable starting Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, or Desean Jackson. I’d stay away from the Falcons’ rushing attack for now. Devonta Freeman hasn’t proved to be the productive back we saw before his injuries. If it continues to be a timeshare in Atlanta, I’d keep Freeman and Smith on the bench.