Heartbreaks are tough but you have to move on. With the Lions coming to the Linc this Sunday, there’s no time to dwell on last week. Kickoff is at 1 P.M. on Fox and without a doubt, the Eagles are heavy favorites. Vegas has currently set the betting line to -6.5, but as always, it is subject to change.

The Lions are coming off of an impressive win at home against the Chargers in a game where only 23 points in total were scored. The Chargers were driving deep into Lions territory at the end of the game, but Rivers threw a terrible interception into double coverage trying to get a ball to Keenan Allen in the end zone.

The last time the Eagles and Lions met, Carson Wentz was playing his 4th career game and ended up losing 24-23. If you recall, the Eagles started off slow, but had a strong comeback in the second half, and were well on their way to a win until Ryan Matthews fumbled. The Lions took the lead on a field goal and then Wentz threw a game-ending interception on the subsequent drive. The Eagles have not beaten the Lions since 2013 when the two teams played in the infamous snow bowl, which was also the last time the Lions visited the Eagles.

Overall, Detroit is a very mediocre team. While they do have playmakers on offense such as Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson, there’s no player that truly stands out. Matt Stafford however, is a very underrated quarterback that has constantly put up numbers despite a lack of a supporting cast. No, he’s not a future Hall of Famer, but he is absolutely capable of winning games by himself. Their offense also got the addition of TJ Hockenson in the draft, a rookie tight end out of Iowa, who put on an absolute show in week 1, but was not seen much last week. Still, he’s a threat in their vertical passing game, and his style of play may even remind you of how Zach Ertz plays.

The defense, on the other hand, will be the reason they win games. Starting with the front, the line boasts a trio of Damon Harrison, Mike Daniels, and Trey Flowers. Then in the secondary, the duo of Darius Slay and Quandre Diggs provides a solid support system. Slay is the most notable player out of the entire defense, making the last two pro bowls, first-team all-pro in 2017, and was co-leader in interceptions in 2017. Interestingly enough, Carson Wentz’s first career interception was to Darius Slay, back in 2016.

For the Eagles, both the offense and defense take a major hit this week with injuries across the board. DeSean Jackson tweaked his abdomen early in Sunday night’s loss and never returned; he is now due to miss about two weeks. Alshon Jeffery also left for the game early on with a groin strain, which will put his status for the next two games in doubt. If that wasn’t enough, Goedert hurt his calf before the game even started and never played a snap. This is the same injury he suffered early in pre-season that kept him out of the rest of August, leading up to week 1. While there is no time table on his recovery, it does not look like he will be ready to go by this week.

Thought that was it? Nope, not even close.

Corey Clement was another casualty on Sunday night, hurting his shoulder on a run back where the Falcons forced a fumble. Now finally reaching the end of the injury list, Timmy Jernigan will be missing significant time due to a broken foot, currently estimated to be six weeks. Jernigan’s injury really hurts due to the fact that he was supposed to be Malik Jackson’s replacement. The defensive line, that was one of the biggest strengths going into the season, is slowly desecrating.


Keys to Victory

1) Send. The. Pass. Rush.

This secondary is brutal. We know it. So, what’s the solution? Get in Stafford’s face and force errant throws. We saw Jim Schwartz dial up the blitz fearlessly on Sunday night and look what happened. Instead of letting Darby get torched, Schwartz took the pressure off of him and the rest of the corners by forcing Matt Ryan to throw the ball earlier. It resulted in three interceptions that would have won the game if the offense was in a rhythm.

2) Cut Sanders and Howard Lose

Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard combined for a measly 21 carries for 49 yards against Atlanta. That is unacceptable when the focus of the off-season was building a strong running game. Doug Pederson did acknowledge that he needed to a better job of calling plays, but this still should have been a no brainer considering the fact that the passing game was slow. The Eagles will need to run the ball well this week more than ever, as the loss of Jackson and Jeffery will certainly put a dent in the passing game.

3) Carson Wentz

If Carson Wentz wants to prove himself, this is a good game to do it. Not because the opponent is great, but because of the circumstances he’s playing in. With all the injuries piling up, Wentz will need to play a notch higher than usual. He showed a great amount of eliteness against Atlanta evading pressure and making mind-boggling throws, so without question, he has the capacity to do it.


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