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Thursday night open thread: Falcons vs. Eagles

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FOOTBALL. IS. BACK.

NFL: NFC Divisional Playoff-Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the journey to Atlanta begins.

The Atlanta Falcons travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles as the regular season kicks off on Thursday Night Football. The emphatic return of meaningful football comes in the form of a rematch of the NFC divisional round of the playoffs, when the Eagles bested the Falcons 15-10 in a game that came down to the wire.

The biggest narrative within the Eagles organization is the quarterback situation, with backup Nick Foles poised to start the opener. Carson Wentz, on the verge of returning from last season’s torn ACL, is being treated with caution in what is dubbed a long-term decision for the franchise.

On the other sideline, many eyes will be on quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense. Ryan regressed significantly last season following his MVP year under then offensive coordinator and now San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s offense didn’t seem to mesh well with Ryan, and while the Falcons quieted concerns regarding the compatibility of the two over the offseason, many eyes will be on Ryan as he takes on a stout Eagles defense.

How to watch

The game will be broadcast on NBC, kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. EST.

Who or what will you be keeping an eye on Thursday night? Will Matt Ryan come out on fire, or will Jim Schwartz’s brilliance quell the Falcons offense? Can Nick Foles continue last year’s magic? Let us know in the comments.