The first game of the 2018 NFL Divisional Playoffs will be played Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4:35 p.m. E.T. It will feature the wild card winning Atlanta Falcons (10-6 Overall, 5-3 Away) and the NFC East winning Philadelphia Eagles (13-3 Overall, 7-1 Home). The Falcons come to this game after defeating the NFC West winners, the Los Angeles Rams, 26-13. Philadelphia, which earned a bye in the first week of the playoffs, lost their final game of the season to Dallas 6-0. Our Atlanta plays Philadelphia 2018 NFC Divisional Playoff pick has the Falcons at -2.5 and the over/under at 41.0.
The healthy Falcons have won two straight and are 4-1 for their last five. Ryan had a decent game against LA, connecting on 70% of his passes, hitting for one TD, and tossing no INTs. WR Julio Jones, who had that one touchdown catch against the Rams and nine catches for 94 yards, is listed a questionable for this game, but he’s expected to play. The Falcons have a solid group of receivers. Despite dealing with an injury last week, RB Devonta Freeman had 18 carries for 66 yards and one TD. The Falcons, who have 39 sacks, offer a decent pass rush, and they can also stop the run. They have very few picks, and that’s a concern. Then again, they managed to hold Ram QB Jared Goff to one TD pass and a 53.3 completion percentage.
- Ryan is playing disciplined football
- Atlanta rush and pass games are working well
- Defense has stepped up
As everyone knows, Philly QB Carson Wentz, who had a great season, is out for the duration. QB Nick Foles (60.2 COMP%, 5 TDs, 2 INTs) has been working with the team and coaching staff to enhance his performance. Foles has three fantastic pass catchers to toss to, which include TE Zach Ertz and WRs Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Algholor. Together they have 25 TD catches. Rookie RB Corey Clement could be a factor. He has 74 carries for 321 yards and four TDs. LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi may also be called upon to generate some ground yards. The Eagle defense can be very tough as they come to this game with 19 picks, 38 sacks, 67 TFL, and 84 PD. Plus, they have caused 16 fumbles and recovered a dozen.
- Excellent receiving group
- Top-notch defense
- QB Foles is focused and ready
Three 2018 NFC Divisional Playoff Takeaways
Our Atlanta plays Philadelphia 2018 NFC Divisional Playoff pick offers these three takeaways-
- Defensive edge goes to Philly
- Foles versus Ryan could go either way
- Philly offense nudges out Atlanta’s
Our 2018 NFC Divisional Playoff Pick
With this game, one quarterback needs to play good enough to win. Ryan played decently versus the Rams. Foles had a good game a few weeks back. The Eagles have been preparing like crazy. Our Atlanta plays Philadelphia 2018 NFC Divisional Playoff pick is the Eagles at +3.0. We’re taking the over at 41.0.