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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Falcons ready to continue impressive points spree

Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones
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Sky Sports 2
6pm

Hopes are high that Atlanta are in for an exciting season and they can take a leap towards the NFC South title by claiming victory in Philadelphia.

Falcons fans might have feared a repeat of last season – they won their first five matches before finishing 8-8 – when they lost to Seattle and San Diego following five victories.


Key stat
The points total has gone over in 11 of Philadelphia’s last 12 games against NFC opposition


But they secured a last-gasp win over Green Bay and the league’s most proficient offence look to have steadied the ship.

The Eagles could struggle to keep up with a team who have averaged a whopping 33.9 points per game in nine outings this season.

Philadelphia won their first three matches, including a comfortable success over much-fancied Pittsburgh and it seemed rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was settling in nicely.

However, they – and Wentz – have struggled in the last few weeks.
Successive divisional defeats to Dallas and the New York Giants mean they have plenty of room to make up in the NFC East, which is looking like one of the most competitive sections in the game.


Team news

Atlanta Cornerback Desmond Trufant (shoulder), running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring) and tight end Jacob Tamme (shoulder) are out.

Philadelphia Guard Allen Barbre and safety Terrence Brooks are out (both hamstring). Defensive tackle Bennie Logan (groin), cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and tight end Trey Burton (hamstring) are rated questionable. Tight end Brent Celek (ribs) should play.


Expect running back Darren Sproles to have an increasing influence for the Eagles, but it must be a concern that they have conceded at least 23 points in four of their last five games. – their other defeats came against Detroit and Washington.

But the Falcons have the ability through the air and on the ground to outscore their opponents again.

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The Eagles could struggle to keep up with a team who have averaged a whopping 33.9 points per game in nine outings this season
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