Lions vs. Eagles: Philadelphia Passing Game Needs To Take Advantage Of Weak Detroit Secondary
The Philadelphia Eagles‘ passing game has thrived the past few weeks thanks to the emergence of second-year man Nick Foles at quarterback and the consistent play from his wide receivers such as DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper down the field.
The Eagles have a chance to feast again this week. They match up against the Detroit Lions who frankly are awful at stopping the pass. They are ranked 26th in the league against the pass, and their two cornerbacks, Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis, really struggle in man coverage.
Jackson and Cooper should both be licking their chops at the thought of this match up. The tight ends in Zach Ertz and Brent Celek also have a favorable match up. The Lions’ linebackers struggle in coverage down the field so the athletic, smooth route-running Ertz in particular could be in for a big day.
I fully expect Foles to have a big day. He has been spectacular this season to the tune of 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has a chance to break Peyton Manning‘s record set earlier this season for most touchdowns without an interception.
I expect this one to be a shootout since the Eagles’ pass defense is not that great either. The Lions also boast the best receiver in football in Calvin Johnson and a quarterback that is approaching elite status in Matthew Stafford.
Be prepared for the scoreboard to be lit up. This one should have a ton of fireworks, folks. Get ready for a good old fashioned barn burner.