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Keys to Victory: Falcons at Eagles

The ball is everything

The Eagles beat teams by winning the turnover margin, and that hasn't escaped head coach Dan Quinn's mind.

Atlanta will continue to emphasize winning games through being on the plus-side of the turnover margin on Sunday.

The turnover storyline is nothing new for the Falcons. Protecting the football has been one of the primary reasons for success this season. That starts with quarterback Matt Ryan, who hasn't thrown an interception in his last 72 pass attempts. It will be imperative for the Falcons to continue to focus on ball security as the Eagles have forced at least one interception in every home game this season.

"They are plus-six [in the turnover margin] and we are plus-three," Quinn said. "It's going to be a total key to this game. They do a good job ball-hawking and taking care of it, so do we. Special teams will also be a factor in terms of ball security."

Philadelphia has been stellar at Lincoln Financial Field this season. The Eagles have outscored opponents 84-23 at home. As Quinn says every week, the ball-hawking mentality is a focal point in the Falcons' locker room, and it will need to be to keep Carson Wentz and Co. off the field.

Special teams must be 'special'

The Eagles have one of the most explosive punt returners in the game in Darren Sproles -- the veteran has compiled 197 yards on 14 returns.

Coach Quinn believes Atlanta will be ready to tackle that challenge head on and showcase their physical style of play.

"We've got a really good special teams unit and so do they," Quinn said. They are at the top of the league in their return game in both kickoff return and punt return and we love that challenge."

Attack in all three phases

The Falcons need to be ready for a complete team effort The Eagles are undefeated in Philadelphia (3-0) this year, and in each of those games Carson Wentz has had an average passer rating of 92.9 and their defense has held opponents to 10 points or less.

The Eagles are coming off back-to-back division losses and will be hungry to get back on track, while Atlanta is look to defeat another NFC opponent and head into their bye week victorious.

"I want to show us attacking on offense, defense and teams," Quinn said. "Getting our cleats in the grass and going. Offensively and defensively, [it's] the way we want to play at the line of scrimmage. The physicality that we can play with."

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