The Falcons kicked-off their 2015 NFL season with a 26-24 upset win against the Philadelphia Eagles. QB Matt Ryan completed 67.6 percent of his throws for 298 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. And the Falcons signal-caller has now thrown a touchdown in 10 of his last 11 regular season match-ups. RB Tevin Coleman led the run game with 20 carries and 80 yards, as the Falcons recorded 105 yards rushing yards. WR Julio Jones had a tremendous game, catching 9 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Falcons showed that they're on the right path, but Dan Quinn still has a lot of work ahead of him. Atlanta allowed 399 yards of total defense, with 84.2% of those yards being through the air (and we all know how much their next opponents, the New York Giants, love to throw the football), and on the ground, the Falcons allowed just 63 yards, but the Eagles didn't run the ball much (16 attempts, the fewest in the league in Week 1).
New York Giants (0-1)
Looking to rebound from their disappointing 27-26 loss at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday, the Giants play hosts to a highly motivated Atlanta Falcons team. Against the Cowboys, Eli Manning's numbers (and decisions) left much to be desired. The QB threw for 193 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions, completing only 20 of 36 pass attempts. With Victor Cruz still sidelined with injury, all eyes were on Odell Beckham Jr., but the talented receiver had only 5 catches for 44 yards. The running game produced just 99 yards with Rashad Jennings leading the way with 52 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants numbers were among the worst in the league in Week 1, especially in the passing game, allowing 356 yards through the air, of 436 yards allowed in total defense.
The Atlanta Falcons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 encounters in New York and the Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. We should probably expect the Giants to come firing on all cylinders against the Falcons, trying to put that game against the Cowboys behind their backs as quickly as possible. The Giants were just 1 for 4 in the red zone in Dallas last week, a crucial aspect that this team needs to address going forward. The Falcons tend to struggle when playing away from their dome, but nonetheless, they have the weapons to put up big numbers on the board.
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