The former Falcons quarterback returns to the city where he once was a star. The Eagles are 5.5 point favorites in football odds in this game.
NFL betting lines have been affected in this game by the injury to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. He will miss this game due to a toe injury and that means backup Chris Redman will get the start in football odds. Philadelphia has injury issues of their own in this NFL betting lines game as running back Brian Westbrook is out while wide receiver DeSean Jackson is very questionable. It is the third straight football odds game that Westbrook will miss. Jackson was injured in last week’s NFL betting lines game against Washington.
Injuries have somewhat overshadowed Michael Vick’s return to Atlanta in NFL betting lines. The quarterback who is now with the Eagles was released by the Falcons due to his situation regarding his dog fighting conviction. Vick seems to be ready for his return to Atlanta though. “When they cut ties, I knew it was the end,” Vick said, “and I knew it was the best thing for that team at that time because my future was very uncertain and nobody knew when I was going to get out of prison.” Vick went to three Pro Bowls with the Falcons but it is unclear what type of reception he will get on Sunday. NFL betting lines indicate that it will be the first time he has returned to the Georgia Dome in almost three years.
This game in NFL betting lines is a key one for both teams as the Falcons are 6-5 while the Eagles are 7-4. The key for this game in football odds is likely to be the play of Atlanta’s backup quarterback Chris Redman. He played well enough last week to lead the Falcons to the game winning drive against Tampa Bay. He will need to be even better this week against the Eagles in NFL betting lines action. Atlanta may not have running back Michael Turner in this game as he was injured in last week’s NFL betting lines game. His absence in this NFL betting lines contest would put even more pressure on Redman to throw the ball.
It should be an interesting game in NFL betting lines to watch and a critical one for both team’s playoff chances.