Philadelphia Eagles: Three Things to Watch Against the Atlanta Falcons

Week one of the 2018 NFL Season is upon us. It is time for the Philadelphia Eagles to defend their first ever Super Bowl Championship. They open their season up against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night. There are several questions for both teams as they open the 2018 season. However, many of those will be answered throughout the season. Nonetheless, let us look at three things Eagles fans to watch for on Thursday Night.

Nick Foles Super Bowl Hangover.

Foles has been widely criticized throughout his tenure in the NFL for being an up and down QB. It was one of the reasons, why, when Carson Wentz went down, many thought the Philadelphia Eagles season was over. However, at the time he stepped his game, silenced the critics, and won a Super Bowl MVP.

2018 has not started well for Foles. He has been quite sluggish during the preseason. If that continues on Thursday Night, the trophy celebration could become a thing of the past. Questions will begin to rise about how soon Wentz will be ready.

Will Frank Reich and John DeFilippo be missed?

Reich is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. DeFilippo is the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Were these two-part of the magic of 2017? Can the offense of the Philadelphia Eagles be as potent as it was in 2017? We have seen some struggles in the preseason to suggest otherwise. Thus suggesting the importance of these two to the team.

Can the defense be better?

The test will come right out of the gate on Thursday Night. The Atlanta Falcons can be a prolific offense. If Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan can stay healthy, this offense can be one of the best in 2018. Let us also mention the addition of Calvin Ridley as an additional weapon. With the current struggles of the offense, the defense of the Philadelphia Eagles may have to carry this squad early.

The Eagles will begin defense of their title without their star QB, with a Super Bowl MVP that is having his struggles, and having to rely on their defense to keep them in games. These may not be good ingredients for a repeat recipe. We will see on Thursday Night.

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