The Detroit Lions square off against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday in what promises to be one of the high-scoring games of Week 14. There is much hype surrounding the game for fantasy owners, as two of the league’s most powerful offenses and terrible defenses match up to battle for a critical NFC win. The Lions have a 3-3 record on the road this year, and I strongly believe they are going to defeat the Eagles.
The first reason I think the Lions are going to win is because they have a much better defense. Detroit is solid against the run, and they are one of those teams that can actually surprise against the pass. If the all the pieces are falling into place and they execute correctly, they can devour Nick Foles and sack him more than five times. I cannot say the same for a Philadelphia defense that has been terribly constant all year; the Eagles are going up against one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
The Lions’ offensive arsenal shall be too much for the Eagles’ struggling defense. The powerful running game and Matt Stafford’s ability to find seven or more targets in any given game are remarkable. Then there’s Calvin Johnson, the league’s No. 1 receiver who will see more passes than usual coming his way on this specific game. The Eagles do not have one player on defense with the athleticism and speed required to block and keep up with Megatron.
Finally, there’s quarterback sensation Foles, a young quarterback who is living the dream in the league and everything he does is near perfect. There’s a problem with this scenario; I have no doubt that at any given moment, Foles can become extremely self-conscious and then will start to choke; I am anticipating Foles to make a lot of mistakes against a reloaded Lions defense. I think the Lions are going to have another strong showing at Philadelphia and defeat the Eagles 38-21.