Matthew Stafford has become a deadly pocket passer for the Detroit Lions. If he is afforded time within the pocket he can pick apart even the most stingy of defenses.
This is why it will be key for the Philadelphia Eagles to disrupt Stafford’s timing and create havoc in the backfield. Experienced pass rusher Trent Cole has really started to come on in recent weeks as he has four sacks in the last two games. Brandon Graham also got in on the party with two sacks in last week’s contest.
If these two can continue to rush the passer, along with veteran Connor Barwin and a fierce defensive line that includes Cedric Thornton and Fletcher Cox, the Eagles’ defense will really be in business.
However, if the Lions offensive line holds up and keeps Stafford clean the Eagles defense will be in for a long, long day. We all have seen what the Lions are capable of this season when their offense is in a rhythm and doesn’t turn the football over. They are one of the more deadly offenses in football and perhaps the most deadly in the NFC. All the more reason the pass rush of the Eagles desperately needs to get home on Sunday.
The pass rush is make or break for the Eagles on Sunday. Regardless, this is a tilt where Nick Foles and the Eagles offense are going to need to put up points in bunches. I expect a shootout.
This won’t be an easy contest in the least even in the home confines of Lincoln Financial Field. The offense and defense will both have to be at the top of their game. The Eagles also have to be much, much better in the fourth quarter and learn to finish games.
This game should be an offensive explosion.
Final prediction: 41-38 Eagles.