I will be covering every Monday Night Football game this season for FootballBetting.com so I had the added benefit of posting my preview and pick for this Monday's season opener between Philadelphia and Atlanta. The expectation level for the Eagles has risen dramatically with the betting public over this past preseason to the point where they are now third-favorites behind Seattle and Green Bay to win the NFC this season. The Falcons are coming off back-to-back losing seasons after being a perennial power in the NFC South the prior few years.
One of the biggest story lines for this game is Sam Bradford's regular season debut as the Eagles' new starting quarterback. A close second would be All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray's first game with Philadelphia as well after leading the NFL in rushing yards in 2014 while with Dallas. If both of these players can remain healthy and productive for 16 regular season games, there is a good chance that Philly will still be playing ball into late January.
The Falcons' defense was one of the worst in the league last season which helps explain the team's 7-9 record, but there is still plenty of firepower on the other side of the ball. Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan has consistently been one of the league's top passers over the course of his seven year career and wide receiver Julio Jones is quickly becoming one of the most electrifying playmakers in the NFL.
Not to tip my hand as far as my official pick in this game, it is safe to say that a fair amount of points will be scored by both of these teams in Monday's season opener. The following is a link to my preview & pick as previously posted on FootballBetting.com.
NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW & FREE PICK- WEEK 1