The Detroit Lions may just be on of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season; big things were expected from them and they have yet to produce even leaving some to call them overrated. Coming off of a bye week they enter their match up with the Philadelphia Eagles looking to get back to their winning ways from a season ago while the Eagles have their own issues which they are attempting to work through this week. Even though their records may not show it, these two teams are actually pretty even and they should provide one of the week’s better games.
The 3-2 Eagles enter the game ranked 11th in the NFL in offensive yards gained per game (383.4 yards), 13th in passing yards gained per game (251.2 yards), 10th in rushing yards gained per game (132.2 yards) and yet 31st in points scored per game (16 points). The 1-3 Lions are third in offensive yards gained per game (412.3 yards), second in passing yards gained per game (322 yards), 24th in rushing yards gained per game (90.3 yards) and tied for 11th in points scored per game (25 points); go figure.
You would think the defenses would explain the vast differences in records, but that doesn’t either as the Lions D is ranked ninth in offensive yards allowed per game (315.8 yards), 10th in passing yards allowed per game (213 yards), 13th in rushing yards allowed per game (102.8 yards) and 26th in points allowed per game (28.5 points). The Eagles are eighth in offensive yards allowed per game (307.2 yards), ninth in passing yards allowed per game (209.4 yards), 12th in rushing yards allowed per game (97.8 yards) and 10th in points allowed per game (19.8 points).
Things truly get confusing once you factor in that Philly is averaging 2.8 turnovers per game, which is first in the NFC (2nd in NFL) while the Lions are just coughing up the ball 1.5 times per game. Both teams have a negative turnover differential, but the Eagles sit at -7 while the Lions are just at -3. How is it possible that one team is finding a way to win games they aren’t supposed to while the other is finding a way to lose games that they should win?
If the Eagles are to win this game then it all starts with Michael Vick holding on to the ball. He is fully responsible for nine of the 14 Philadelphia turnovers this season. If Vick (1,321 passing yards, 6 TD, 6 INT and 3 fumbles lost) can not fumble or throw interceptions, he should be able to lead Philly to a much-needed home victory.
For Lions they need Matthew Stafford to give them more of everything! So far this season Stafford has passed for 1,182 yards (which isn’t bad), just three touchdowns and four interceptions. He has to find a way to get the ball into the the endzone if Detroit wants to turn things around beginning this week.
I like Detroit in this game and think they will get Vick to give up the rock a few more times this week; Lions 24 – Eagles 17.