Falcons (+1.5) over Eagles
It was an ugly opener for the Falcons, but it was also predictable. The Minnesota defense was a bad matchup for Atlanta’s weak offensive line. Matt Ryan finished by passing for 304 yards, a deceiving number considering he piled up a lot of garbage yards after trailing 28-0. This is a more favorable matchup for Ryan against a Philadelphia defense that allowed 370 yards through the air to the Redskins, who lack the elite wide receiver talent that Julio Jones and the Falcons possess. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is surrounded by playmakers and will be tough to contain, so that’s the main concern. But there’s typically a little point-spread value with a quality team off a poor performance in Week 1, and that’s the case with Atlanta. Ryan is 10-1 straight up and ATS in home openers, so go with the home ‘dog in prime time.