National Football League picks divisional round: Predictions for every game

"Only five previous home teams have been underdogs in the divisional round since the merger, but all were No. 2 seeds", Neil Greenberg writes. Philadelphia will slow Atlanta's ground game, create pressure on Matt Ryan up the middle and force the Falcons into some third-and-long situations, where secondary options like Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper won't be quite as effective as they otherwise would be. That's what Eagles fans will be hoping helps their team win.

Why is Philly getting no respect? Nick Foles is trying to make like Jeff Hostetler and make everyone forget about the season-ending knee injury MVP-caliber Carson Wentz suffered.

Foles will try to bank on his previous postseason experience from his first stint with the Eagles in 2013. Both teams lost in that endeavor.

Despite that, Roethlisberger threw for 312 yards compared to Blake Bortles' 95.

The Falcons went into Los Angeles and came up with an upset over the three-seed Rams in pretty convincing fashion.

Jones and Sanu will be going up against an Eagles secondary led by Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills that has been susceptible to biting on routes in recent weeks, especially on sluggo routes, as former National Football League player Brian Baldinger pointed out on Twitter.

Early betting trends at Sports Interaction show the Falcons taking a majority lean on the spread. "The Falcons have been topic of discussion all week".

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"It was the turning point for myself previous year, realizing what I could do better", Jones said as the Falcons prepare for a return to Philadelphia for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game. Who can remember Super Bowl 51? Bortles also went without a touchdown pass, while throwing one interception. Jones is projected to finish with 91 yards on 8 receptions; he averages 0.5 TDs per sim, meaning he finds the end-zone in every other simulated matchup. The Falcons also ran the ball for over 100 yards. And, lest I forget, Old Man Winter is preparing a nice welcome to the southern birds, and weather is an issue for a dome team like the Atlanta Falcons. Not something you can count on weekly. Philadelphia averaged 28.6 points per game and allowed 18.4.

All of these factors will make for an interesting afternoon as kickoff approaches on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Falcons finished the regular season with a 10-6 record to finish 3 in the NFC South. If Wentz were healthy, it would likely be a almost a touchdown favorite here.

This comes down to one thing and one thing only: Nick Foles playing quarterback.

In his six-year career, Foles served as Michael Vick's backup (in his first stint with the Eagles), was benched in favor of Case Keenum (during his 2015 season with the St. Louis Rams) and was traded from the Eagles to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford in March 2015.

Loading the box and shutting down the run and playing man across the board forcing Foles and his receivers to make plays to beat you is what the Falcons nearly certainly will do for the start of Saturday's game.

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