Ratings For Eagles-Falcons Season Opener Was The Lowest In Ten Years


Even with the new season underway, and last year's Super Bowl now a distant memory, the Philadelphia Eagles are still doing their best to troll the New England Patriots.

Toss in the 570,000 average-minute audience the game delivered via NBC's various digital platforms, and overall deliveries for Thursday night's all-avian battle were down 12 percent compared to the year-ago Chiefs-Patriots blowout, which averaged 22.2 million TV and digital viewers. In the third quarter with the offense desperately needing a spark, they pulled off another "Philly Special", this one called "Philly Philly", to gain a massive first down and valuable momentum on the way to a go-ahead touchdown.

The Philadelphia Eagles went to a familiar trick play to bring life to their offense in Thursday's season opening win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Deion Jones then intercepted Foles' pass that bounced out of Dallas Goedert's hands and returned it 20 yards to Philadelphia's 27, setting up Tevin Coleman's 9-yard TD run that gave the Falcons a 12-10 lead in the fourth quarter.

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As is our special events protocol, substantial law enforcement and private security was on site in anticipation of the event. San Diego's FOX 5 reported that a San Diego Sheriff's Department deputy had shot a suspect near the racetrack entrance.

Of course we also support the right of league administrators and team owners to fine, suspend or otherwise discipline players who refuse to comply with league policy on the national anthem.

Based on what he said, we should expect it to remain a theme throughout the season. Atlanta opted to take the field goal and an early 3-0 lead, but an 0-2 start in the red zone is not what Quinn expected from his team after the attention given in that area over the offseason. Both teams looked rusty after many starters didn't play much in preseason.

To quarterback Matt Ryan's credit, he did not blame offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. "We just put different people in the game", he told Bleeding Green Nation. Philadelphia marched down the field after the conversion and scored their first touchdown of the game to go up 10-6.

Wentz, who hasn't been medically cleared for contact, threw passes and did other drills while wearing a brace on his left knee during warmups.