The battle of the bottom feeders happens this weekend. Philadelphia is 2-5, while Detroit is sitting at 0-7. Both of these teams have struggled to get anything going on offense or defense this year. There are some exciting pieces for both teams. Jalen Hurts and Devonta Smith for the Eagles and coach Dan Campbell are changing the culture in the Lions locker room. They haven’t gotten a win yet, but he has made progress. This game won’t mean much for the division standings, but it will be a step in the right direction for one of these teams.
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
- Opening Lines: Philadelphia -1, Total 48.5
- Current Lines: Philadelphia -3.5, Total 48.5
- Last Game: September 22, 2019, Detroit Lions 27-24
Detroit is scoring an average of 18 points per game and allowing 30 points per game to their opponents. They have improved at running the ball this year but get down early and have been forced to throw. Jared Goff has struggled to find the endzone when throwing the ball. He has eight touchdown passes through seven games and six turnovers. The stat to consider when betting this game is that Goff has gotten sacked 17 times already this season. Teams can bring pressure against this Lions offense, which will create more opportunities for the Eagles to score on offense.
The Eagles are slightly better on offense and defense than Detroit. Offensively, they are scoring 22 points per game, and defensively they are giving up 26 points per game. That is an eight-point swing. Jalen Hurts also creates another dimension for the Eagle’s offense. He can throw the ball, and he takes care of the ball better than Goff. He can also run the ball. He has 361 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns. The last time that Detroit played a mobile quarterback, Lamar Jackson ran all over them. That means Hurts will be able to move the ball on this Detroit defense.
The Eagles are the more consistent team this year. They are better on defense and offense. The Lions have not won a game yet this year, and that is concerning to me. Betting on teams that aren’t consistent is never a good idea. The last time the Lions won, they had Matt Stafford as a quarterback, and they have two great wide receivers in Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay. The Lions don’t have the weapons that they had last year. They are young and will get there with Dan Campbell leading them, but this isn’t the game that they start making those steps. I am betting the consistently better team this week.
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