One thing I think we can all agree upon about the NFL is that any given weekend the tide can change, and the games that looked promising back in September when the season began, might be a very different picture when the playoffs are upon us.
This weekend we have four games on deck and choosing any of them thinking it will be a sure bet, is a mistake. The point spreads can be pretty predictable at this point, but still we can see momentum and injuries have a major impact. Just when you thought a team was destined for a great year, they might lose a key player, or end up the successor of a game that nobody expected them to win.
This is especially true with the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Down went the reliable QB Carson Wentz for Philly whom many thought would bring Philadelphia to the championship game. The Falcons are coming off an interesting and perhaps monumental upset over the LA Rams last week.
Thoughts of a possible rematch and revenge game with New England and the Falcons is not such a crazy thought after all. Momentum can be a game changer and while Philadelphia will do what it can to get some points on the board, it’s not going to be an easy task.
You can read about the stats, and the way Nick Foles has struggled replacing Wentz and will likely do so again this coming Sunday. You look at the point spread and understand why Atlanta is favored by 2 even after the Eagles had the chance to rest on a bye week. Sometimes those bye weeks can do more damage than good.
That’s likely to be the case this weekend in Philadelphia where the weather is expected to be somewhat warmer in the Northeast than in the past few weeks. Look to Atlanta to be the game winner. They should be able to cover as it might be a field goal that decides the game.
Sorry Philly, but you might have to wait another year to get to the big game!