The NFL season opens Thursday night as the Atlanta Falcons play the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Falcons are trying to become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium. The team added even more offensive firepower and is expected to return to the sort of high-scoring offense that propelled them to the Super Bowl two years ago.
The defense will try to repeat the same aggressive nature it took in the playoffs last season, when it held the Eagles to 15 points. However, the defense must find a way to get Philly off the field faster. They allowed the Eagles to convert 6 of 13 third-down opportunities and allowed them to have three possessions of 5:42 or longer and three drives that lasted 12 or more plays.
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