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Falcons' opponent: 5 things to know about the Eagles

The Falcons will be looking for their first win of the season when the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) come to town for a "Sunday Night Football" showdown at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


Here are five things to know about Atlanta's upcoming opponent:

1. DeSean Jackson is back and looking like his vintage self

The 32-year-old wide receiver showed that he's still capable of taking over a game. Against the Redskins in Week 1, Jackson caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

After being drafted by the Eagles in 2008, Jackson was released following the 2013 season. Jackson spent time with the Washington Redskins (2014-2016) and then was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017, where he played two seasons. Jackson was traded back to Philadelphia this offseason and it appears his revenge tour has begun.

2. Carson Wentz appears to be healthy once again

The Eagles traded up to get Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and his career in Philadelphia has been plagued with injuries since.

Wentz tore his ACL at the end of the 2017 season and missed the first two games of the 2018 season. He then suffered a back injury that forced him to miss the final part of the 2018 season.

When healthy, Wentz has looked the part of a franchise quarterback and now he has more weapons than ever before.

In Philadelphia's Week 1 win, Wentz threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Duo of Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert one of the best in the league

The Eagles might have one of the best tight end duos in the league with Ertz and Goedert.

Ertz and Goedert combined for 149 catches and 1,497 receiving yards in 2018 season.

4. Eagles' defensive front will be without one of their top players

One of Philadelphia's biggest strengths as a team is their defensive line unit, starting with Fletcher Cox. The Eagles will be without Cox's running mate, Malik Jackson, as he suffered a significant foot injury that will sideline him for an extended period of time.

5. A new rushing attack for the Falcons to prepare for

The Eagles have two new running backs the Falcons will have to prepare for in Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders.

Philadelphia traded with Chicago for Howard this offseason. Howard is one of three running backs with 3,000-plus rushing yards since 2016. Sanders was selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft following a productive career at Penn State.

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