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The NFL Kickoff 2018 featured two NFC teams in battle. The Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles dueled in last night’s chess match that came down yet again to a goal line stand. While the Eagles edged Atlanta out 18-12, there are focal points for both teams to hone in for Week 2.

(Sept. 6, 2018 - Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America)

Twitter reactions from fans nationwide attacked the inadequacies of Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan for a rough start at Lincoln Financial Field last night. While the Eagles defense should not be discredited, Ryan’s decline since the departure of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is beginning to weigh in on the conscious of Falcons followers. The team was a glimpse away from a Super Bowl title two seasons ago and are staffed adequately at every position. It's the lack luster performance from their highly paid starting QB that has been a shortcoming (he went 21-43 last night). NFL Analyst Willie McGinest and David Carr touched on the topic during NFL Total Access last night, proclaiming that Ryan’s inability to survey the field and locate match-ups is a hindrance to ATL’s offensive potential. This topic has to be the primary discussion of Falcons administration going forward, especially after watching their defense hold the Eagles to just 18 points after 60 minutes of football on the road.

(Sept. 6, 2018 - Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America)

The Eagles still have a defense that forces offenses to be quick and decisive on offense. They don’t let QB’s get out of the pocket and DT Fletcher Cox makes in almost impossible for passers to step up in the pocket comfortably. The Eagles allowed ATL only four 3rd down conversions out of 15 attempts and surrendered only one touchdown all game long. I particularly wondered how HB Jay Ajayi would precede after the departure of HB LeGarrette Blount, but his 15 carries for 62 yards projects both endurance and competency at the HB position. His dynamic speed and power make him a sure asset to the Eagles offense as a co-back with veteran shifter Darren Sproiles. While QB Nick Foles didn’t debut as the MVP we saw in Super Bowl LII, his leadership was fair enough last night to get Philadelphia headed in the right direction as the defending champions.

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