NFL Season Opener: Twitter Reacts To Falcons' Loss To The Eagles

Doug Mendoza
September 7, 2018

For Eagles fans, this clarification might be even better.

Despite the fact that Ryan graded so well for us a year ago, his PFF grade on the road against the Eagles, and in the red zone, should have been an indication that it wouldn't be an easy night for the Falcons offense.

But the dropped passes, including some potential interceptions, and silly errors such as a blocker on the punt team letting the ball touch his foot, looked like something straight out of, well, an exhibition game. "Just were looking for a big play, somebody to make a play". Last game, my boy J-Mill made the play.

Here is a report card from the Eagles' season-opening win at Lincoln Financial Field. In an ending that was strikingly reminiscent of last season's Divisional Round playoff game, the Eagles stopped the Falcons repeatedly from inside the 20-yard line - in five trips to the red zone, the Falcons got just one touchdown Thursday night - a final sequence that is likely to haunt the Falcons, and rain questions on Steve Sarkisian's head, until they get it fixed.

Jay Ajayi had 62 yards rushing on 15 carries.

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We'll update with more National Football League kickoff numbers and other ratings like Big Brother, which was on too last night, as we get them later today. Good job, Falcons. Great great job. The majority of Jones' yards didn't really come on tough catches either - he seemed to consistently find his way into the holes of the Eagles' defense. Cornerback Ronald Darby's coverage on Jones on the final play of the game was ideal, using the sideline as his friend and allowing Jones just inches to work with as he came down with the ball. The last time these two teams played, it was in January.

They pressured Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan into making some pretty bad throws all night. That number would have been lower if safety Rodney McLeod didn't have two missed open-field tackles that resulted in long runs. 'You aren't going to score at will on that team. Corey Clement took a toss and flipped to Agholor, who threw it to Foles running open down the right side for a gain to the Falcons 26.

Punter Cameron Johnston did well, averaging 54 yards a punt.

An offense that produced a mere 68 yards in the first half, for an average of 2.2 yards a play, sprang to life and 2018 Eagles looked somewhat like the 2017 Super Bowl champion Eagles in an ugly 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Sullivan can thank Rasul Douglas for bailing him out with a crucial interception at the Eagles' 4 with 12:58 left to play. But we're going to continue to work at it and practice it.

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