Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Preview
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
When: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
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Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5)
For a team with a rookie quarterback and was assumed to be in a rebuilding phase, the Eagles are doing mighty fine, as illustrated by their 3-0 record thus far on the season. Coming off a bye, the Eagles look to sustain their surprising start as they visit the Lions a visit this coming Sunday. Philadelphia is 3-0 ATS in its last three road games since last season.
The Eagles proved a lot in their Week 3 34-3 dismantling of Pittsburgh. For one, they were able to show that their defense is more than capable of handling legit contenders by defusing Pittsburgh’s deadly offense. Through four weeks this season, the Eagles are tops in the NFL in scoring defense with only 9.0 points allowed per game. Their defensive performance against Pittsburgh in which they gave up just 251 total yards was a strong message to Matt Stafford and the Lions.
But the real star of the Pittsburgh game was Carson Wentz, who outplayed Ben Roethlisberger, passing for 301 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions on 23 of 31 completions. Wentz has clearly shaken off rookie jitters and he’ll be a handful next Sunday for the Lions, who were defeated by a Chicago team commandeered by a Brian Hoyer.
Betting on the Detroit Lions (+3.5)
Losing 17-14 to Chicago on Sunday must be the lowest point for the Lions so far this season. The bubbly Detroit offense that entered the game with an average of 23.8 PPG was slowed down by the Bears’ so-so stop unit.
Following the debacle at Soldier Field, there’s no way but up for Detroit, which hopes that its backfield will put up a much better performance this Sunday. The Lions managed just 66 rushing yards, failing to give Stafford much needed breathing air in the pocket. Stafford was sacked just twice but was under pressure for most of the game.
Golden Tate, meanwhile, has to start playing like he’s a NFL-er. Tate only had one catch for four yards on four targets against Chicago. Tate has yet to record more than 41 receiving yards in a game this season, which partly stunts the true potential of Detroit’s passing attack that is seventh in the league with 283.8 yards per contest.
Detroit is 3-2 ATS in its last five home games.
Detroit (+3.5) wins, 24-21.
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