Falcons beat Eagles 30-17, remain unbeaten

The Atlanta Falcons came out firing on Sunday, scoring on their opening drive against the Philadelphia Eagles and never looking back.

In their first possession, the Falcons drove 80 yards down the field on 16 plays, according to CSNPhilly.com, ending the drive with a 16-yard pass touchdown from Matt Ryan to Drew Davis.  Ryan finished the game with 262 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Philadelphia had a lot to play for—Juan Castillo had been fired heading into their bye week, replaced by Todd Bowles, and Andy Reid had been undefeated the game after the team’s bye, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

But none of that mattered as the defense continued to struggle and the offense was unable to find any footing until it was too late.  Possibly the only positive the Eagles can take out of the game Sunday was that Michael Vick had no turnovers, though his 21 of 35 passing for 182 yards are far from stellar.

The road win proved that the Atlanta Falcons are a true threat in the NFC.  According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Falcons’ previous three wins all came after fourth-quarter rallies and stats that looked average.  Before the game, they ranked just 13th in total offense and 22nd in total defense.

But at the end of the game, the only numbers that mattered were the ones on the scoreboard: ATL 30, PHI 17.

Atlanta will look to move to 8-0 when they take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9.  The Eagles on the other hand, will look to rebound against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

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