The Atlanta Falcons (6-5) are hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (7-4) Sunday in what will be Michael Vick’s first time back in Atlanta since his dog fighting scandal forced him out of the NFL. Vick doesn’t play much for the Eagles, but there will still be a lot of buzz in the ATL surrounding Vick’s return and it will be interesting to see the reactions. As far as the game goes, the Falcons have been hit by the injury bug hard, so this will be a difficult one for them to win. Matt Ryan is out with turf toe and it looks like Michael Turner may not be able to go as well, as he re-injured an ankle sprain last week. That means Chris Redman will be the starting quarterback and the veteran had a pretty solid game last week going 23/41 for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was against the 1-10 Bucs though, so I woudn’t expect a similar performance from Redman.
The Falcons are going to need a great game out of their defense if they want to pull out a win. They have been giving up 375 total yards per game on average, and they will not win if they give up that many yards to Donovan McNabb and the Eagles’ offense. McNabb will not have his go-to receiver in this game though, as DeSean Jackson is out with a concussion. They will probably hand the ball off a little more because of this, so the Falcons need to be ready for LeSean McCoy who averages 4.3 yards per carry. With the Falcons two key offensive positions not at full strength, I just don’t see them winning this one.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Atlanta Falcons 17, Philadelphia Eagles 28