Eagles-Lions Preview

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

ImageDate and Time: Sunday, October 14th, 2012 – 1:00 PM
Spread: 
Eagles, -3.5
Broadcasters: 
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
Last Meeting: September 19th, 2010 – Eagles def. Lions, 35-32

The History

The Eagles lead the all-time series against the Lions, 15-12-2. That includes a six-game winning streak dating back to Philadelphia’s shocking 58-37 blowout on my eighth birthday, December 30th, 1995. The teams last met two years ago in Mike Vick’s first start since joining the Eagles. In that game, Philadelphia overcame a 17-7 deficit to take a 35-17 fourth quarter lead. Detroit RB Jahvid Best almost brought the Lions back with three touchdowns. But, they ultimately fell short, 35-32. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy had a ton of success against the Detroit front-seven, galloping for 120 yards and three scores on just 16 carries. Matthew Stafford was injured for that game, and backup QB Shaun Hill started in his place. The Eagles have scored 30+ points in each of the three games that Andy Reid has coached against Detroit. Their last home meeting against the Lions was back on September 23rd, 2007. Wearing their 1930s style yellow and blue uniforms, the Eagles annihilated the Lions behind 200+ receiving yards by WR Kevin Curtis. The final score in that one was a lopsided 56-21 victory.

The Lions

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Detroit is coming off their first postseason appearance since 1999. The Lions have not won a playoff game since 1991, when they defeated the Cowboys before losing to the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game. This season has not been as fruitful as 2011 was for Jim Schwartz’s unit. They have lost three consecutive games after an opening week win over St. Louis. On the road (2 games), the Lions are surrendering 35 points and 380+ yards per game. Superstar WR Calvin Johnson is Matt Stafford’s favorite target. He has 29 catches for 423 yards but just one touchdown after scoring eight times through the first four games last year. On defense, Schwartz’s 4-3 unit is led by Linebackers DeAndre Levy, Justin Durant, and Stephen Tulloch. The Lions venture to Soldier Field for a Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears next weekend. Detroit currently ranks 2nd in passing, 24th in rushing, 10th in pass defense, and 13th in run defense.

The Eagles

Philadelphia is 3-2 and in first place in the NFC East. They should feel confident going into this game, as they have not lost to the Lions since the Rich Kotite era. This season, the Eagles are 2-0 at home with their combined margin of victory a minuscule three points. Michael Vick (3-2 record) has had varying levels of success in his career against the Lions. His seven touchdown passes against Detroit is his fourth most against any team in the NFL. However, his five interceptions is fifth most. Expect to see a lot of LeSean McCoy, who averages 16 carries and 78 yards per game in victories compared to just 12 carries and 52 yards per game in losses. The Eagles’ secondary should have their hands full trying to shut down Megatron and the rest of Detroit’s passing game. But, they’ll be aided greatly by Detroit’s limited running game. The Eagles currently rank 13th in passing, 10th in rushing, 9th in pass defense, and 12th in run defense.

The Pick

The Eagles have had success against Detroit. They are also at home. The Lions are a dome team that has long struggled outdoors (7-20 since 2009, including 2-6 since their 5-0 start last year) and playing in Philadelphia is never easy for visiting teams. The fact that Detroit does not have a consistent rushing attack combined with Philadelphia’s lethal run game, means the critical ability to control the clock rests in the Eagles’ favor. Philadelphia wins this one, and it’s their first win of more than two points.

Eagles win, 28-17

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