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Falcons-Eagles: Keeping Philadelphia In Check Early Will Be Key To Falcons' Victory

Every team wants to start fast. Execute your offense and establish a tempo early and the rest of the game becomes that much easier. For the Atlanta Falcons opponent this week, that has become routine.

Since 2008, the Philadelphia Eagles have scored more points in the first quarter than any other NFL team. Their 247 points in 41 games - 6.0 average - is 10 points better than the second-place team, Indianapolis.

The Falcons aren't slouches in this category (sixth in the NFL with 206 points in 38 games), but they'll need to be focused and sharp early on because the Eagles have shown they don't wait for you to to find your rhythym.

In last season's meeting, the Eagles put up 10 first quarter points en route to 34 unanswered. In five games this season, the Falcons have been outscored in the first quarter by 17 points.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.