TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Weather: High 37, Low 36
Line: Philadelphia (-2.5)
Winning their first Thanksgiving game since 2003, the Detroit Lions have a bit of momentum moving forward in the playoff race as they are in first place in the NFC North by themselves. Beating the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving had to feel good for the Lions who haven’t had a blowout win like that over a rival in recent memory. Matthew Stafford leads the second-best passing offense this season with 3,825 yards and 28 touchdowns on the year. He has had a solid season through the air once again and that’s due, in large part, to the play of Calvin Johnson who has caught 72 passes for 1,299 yards and 12 touchdowns. Reggie Bush has been a force in the run game, 854 yards and three scores, as well as the receiving game, 45 catches for 448 yards and two touchdowns.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been on fire recently, overtaking first place in the NFC East along with the Dallas Cowboys. After starting the year off slowly, the Eagles have found their stride with a new quarterback under center by the name of Nick Foles and the young gunslinger has been nothing short of phenomenal in Michael Vick‘s place. Foles has passed for 1,791 yards and 19 touchdowns with an impressive mark of zero interceptions on the year. DeSean Jackson has caught 61 passes for 1,021 yards and seven scores while Riley Cooper has also been one of Foles’ favorite targets with 34 catches for 640 yards and seven touchdowns. LeSean McCoy has been one of the best running backs in the league this season, averaging just under 100 yards per game and accounting for a total of 1,088 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, the Eagles have been poor all season long and that might be a problem against the second-best offense in the league. Philadelphia ranks 16th in points allowed while also ranking 31st in total yards and dead-last in passing yards allowed per game. Detroit hasn’t been much better, ranking 26th in passing yards allowed, but 15th in total yards allowed after shutting down the Packers a week ago.
PREDICTION: Lions 30, Eagles 34
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