NFL Week Two: Eagles @ Lions
PHI: 0-1, t3rd in NFC East
DET: 0-1, t3rd in NFC North
Spread: Eagles by 6 1/2
Where: Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
When: Sunday, 1:00 PM on FOX
Last time met: Sept. 23, 2007 – Kevin Curtis had 205 receiving yards in the first half, an NFLrecord, and Brian Westbrook scored two touchdowns as the Eagles blew out the Lions wearing their 1933 jerseys, 56-21.
Last Week: Eagles lost their home opener 27-20 to Green Bay. Detroit lost in Chicago 19-14.
Best case scenario: Michael Vick takes full advantage of this game, his first start since 2006. The ultimate weapon rushes for over 100 yards again and also passes for 250 yards and three TDs. LeSean McCoy takes advantage of a soft run defense and rushes for 100 yards on his own. The defense gets to QB Shaun Hill and keeps him off his game.
Worst case scenario: Vick falls on his face, giving the Eagles more faith in injured QB Kevin Kolb for the following week. Vick fumbles the ball three times and throws two interceptions as he can’t lead the Eagles against Detroit. The Lions win on a last-second TD pass to Calvin Johnson.
Opposing player to watch – WR Calvin Johnson: He is one of the best wide receivers in the game. He failed to hold onto a catch that turned into a very controversial outcome to their 19-14 loss to Chicago. He will have Hill throwing the ball to him, Detroit’s back-up as Matthew Stafford will most likely sit with a shoulder injury. Last week, he caught only four passes for 45 yards.
Offenses: The Eagles offense took a huge blow last week, losing the keys to their run-blocking and pass protection. C Jamaal Jackson (triceps) and FB Leonard Weaver (ACL) are both out for the season. Matt McGlynn and newly signed FB Owen Scmitt will be their replacements. Vick will get the start for Kolb and will have the same plethora of weapons to throw to including his favorite target, TE Brent Celek. McCoy rushed for 35 yards on seven carries and will get more reps as the Birds will most likely be playing with a lead.
The Lions are a mess. With Stafford hurt and unlikely playing, they are turning to Hill, an outcast in San Francisco. Johnson is their only established offensive weapon. They have rookie RB Javid Best but he will have a difficult time against the Eagles run defense as he couldn’t get anything going last week against Chicago. TE Tony Scheffler had six catches for 42 yards as well.
Advantage: Eagles hold a huge advantage.
Defenses: The Eagles group played fairly well last week, sacking Aaron Rodgers four times and picking him off twice. Rookie Nate Allen became the first Eagle to get an interception in his first game since Eric Allen in 1988. Losing Bradley for the game won’t be as bad as expected because it’s Detroit but Scheffler is a good tight end. The front seven is one of the best in the NFL so expect little ball movement by the Lions.
The Lions defense is horrendous. There are only two names to fear on their defense: DT Ndamukong Suh and LB Julian Peterson. They only allowed 19 points to Chicago last week but that isn’t saying much. The Bears have no offense and the Lions probably could have won that game if Stafford never got hurt.
Advantage: Eagles, and it’s not even close.
Eagles: Out: QB Kolb (concussion), LB S. Bradley (concussion).
Lions: Out: QB Stafford (right shoulder)
Prediction: Vick stirs the QB controversy pot with a stellar performance. Eagles win 38-13.