The X-Factor in Atlanta

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Rick Hoban

Michael Vick and the Eagles face a big test Sunday as they take on Vick’s former team in the Georgia Dome on Sunday Night Football.

I think it will be a close game throughout.

The Falcons need this game more than the Eagles. They are trying to go 1-1 after a bad 30-12 loss to Chicago on the road to start the season.

The Eagles -- with their first two on the road -- with a win would start 2-0. That would be great.

Remember QB Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense is completely different at home in their dome. He is 20-2 at home since he took over in Atlanta.

But I think the x-factor will be Vick. He will have a lot of emotions in his first start back in the place (the Georgia Dome) he ruled for years.

The last time he had a lot of emotion heading into a game was last year in Washington. He had heard earlier in the day that Donovan McNabb had signed a huge new deal (fake) with the Redskins. Vick went out and had one of the greatest performance in Monday Night Football history.

I expect him to be the difference in Atlanta. He is even quicker on turf in a dome.

Eagles win 35-27.

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