The NFL season begins today, and what better way to start the season than to have 2 teams whose matchup last year in the playoffs came to the final minute, with Julio Jones missing the highly thrown pass by Matt Ryan on 4th down with under 2 minutes left in the game.
Just think about if in last years playoff game Julio Jones caught the ball and the Falcons’ defense were able to hold off the Eagles’ offense, the Eagles would not be the reigning Super Bowl champions. So I expect the first game of the season between the Eagles and Falcons to be a pretty intense one.
The Pregame Prediction
So before the game kicks off, I’d like to give you an idea of where I stand on who I expect to be victorious in the first game of the season.
Since this is a new season ( which means 9 times out of 10 teams have a slight or drastically different roster, that could include players, coaching staff, and in some rare occasions owners!!! So it’s hard to make an accurate prediction when you’re unsure of how the new pieces of a team will perform within their new organization.) There’s no telling how well the teams will play in the first few games.
With the way Nick Foles has been playing in the preseason ( which was poorly), I l’d give the advantage to Atlanta to win Game 1.
My Score prediction is 28 – 20 Atlanta Falcons ( let us see how close I got when the game ends 🙂 )
The first game of the season has come to an end, and it is kind of crazy that the outcome was similar to the match between the two in the playoffs last year ( totally different from what I expected).
I expected both the Eagles and Falcons to perform better on the offensive side of the ball, but it seemed they both struggled to outwork their opposing team’s defense.
I feel it’s safe to say that Doug Peterson ( Eagles coach) was not happy at the way the Eagles’ offense started the game, since it took them until the 2nd quarter to start accumulating positive yardage.
There was only one drive where Foles looked to be in control of the situation, and that was when they successfully executed the “Philly Philly” play.
But what seemed to save the Eagles offense was the running game, which was being lead by Jay Ajayi. The couple touchdowns made by the Eagles offensively were by Ajayi rushing into the end zone.
The Falcons have no problem driving the ball to the red zone ( the red zone is a term in football explaining the area ranging from the 20 yard line and the goal line), but just like last season, their problem is failing to score touchdowns while in the red zone.
I don’t know why the Falcons don’t try passing the ball to Julio Jones more in the red zone, the very fact that Julio Jones only had 3 TD’s last season is one reason why the Atlanta team is having trouble scoring touchdowns.
I also expected the Falcons to throw passes to Calvin Ridley, but sadly I don’t even remember seeing him in the game.
Surely most of the struggling the two teams are having is because of both rookie players having nerves and experience plays getting back into the swing of things. So I don’t think anyone should base these two team’s seasons on their Game 1 performance
And Eagles have nothing to hang their heads about anyway because they won the game, so all they have to do is prepare for their next opponent.
If you have time, I would really appreciate hearing from you guys as to how you felt about the first game of the NFL season.