Eagles Vs. Falcons (Sept. 6) Week 1 Game Preview: Time Start, Channel, Players To Watch
In their last matchup, Philadelphia defeated Atlanta 15-10 early in the postseason in a game the Falcons came close to winning after a dangerously close interception attempt just seconds before halftime:
The 🏈 bounces off the DB’s knee…
— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2018
Reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is set to be the starter for the Eagles after recovering from a preseason shoulder strain, while Carson Wentz is still nursing an ACL injury from last December. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey will also sit out Thursday’s contest, as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury.
The Falcons will keep benefiting from veteran offensive players like Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones — who is arguably one of the league’s top receivers — although they could also see a new batch of younger players give them a boost. Rookie wideout Calvin Ridley — a first-round (No. 26) pick out of Alabama — may get some playing time, while other first-year defensive players like Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver and South Florida defensive tackle Deadrin Senat could also have an opportunity to make a strong first impression.
Despite advancing to Super Bowl LI after the 2016 season, some Falcons veterans like Ryan and Jones have seen their performance statistics drop, although they could make a resurgence this year.
Thursday’s game in Philadelphia will start at 8:20 p.m. EST and will air on NBC.