The Eagles return home to take on the Lions and looking to get back on track. After losing some soldiers in Atlanta, the offense will hope to get some productions out of the young guns. Here are the crew’s predictions for the game:
Joe Fabiani (2-0)
The Eagles have to rely on the run game today. They’re banged up at a bunch of positions but especially at wide receiver. They’ll be without their top two in DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. Detroit is allowing nearly 125 rushing yards per game, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a big bounce-back game from the Eagles offensive line. They have to do a better job protecting Wentz. On the other side, Matthew Stafford could expose this Eagles secondary for a third straight week. The Eagles must get their pass rush going early to avoid giving up big gains down the field. I expect a fired-up Eagles crowd to be a problem for the Lions offense and look for the Eagles defense to take advantage and create some turnovers. I think it’ll be closer than some think.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Lions 21
Eric Fenstermaker (1-1)
The Eagles suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Falcons, and there were many takeaways from the game. While the Lions aren’t nearly as good as the Falcons, they still pose a major challenge, and they have gotten the best of the Eagles in recent history. Matthew Stafford will be looking to air the ball out, and the Eagles will need to set the tone early defensively. The Eagles need to dominate the ground game and get both Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard going immediately. I believe that if the Eagles have a rusher over 75 yards, they will win the game. The Eagles have been working on staying healthy all week long, and they need to avoid more injuries against the Lions as we saw just how destructive they can be. I think the Lions will keep it close, but the Eagles should rebound nicely. Look for the Eagles to use the home crowd to their advantage in a must-win week three match-up.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Lions 24
Joey Kapusta (1-1)
The Eagles are banged up and injured at just about every position. It seems as if the injury bug has hit the Eagles earlier than usual this year. With key starters missing time, the depth of this team will be tested. The Eagles are going to have to rely on backups and rookies more than they have in recent years for the first quarter of the season. The run game needs to be not just a factor, but a major focal point of this offense going forward. The inability to start fast has put the birds in a hole early in games and has caused them to lose some of their identity offensively. In years past, this game would have been a classic “trap game,” but I think the Eagles will be ready for this challenge. The birds have the second-best record in the NFL at home over the last 3 years. Let’s keep it that way. Start fast. Pound the run. Harass Stafford. Stay healthy.
Final Predication: Eagles 23, Lions 20
Tyler Edgerton (1-1)
Who would have thought just three weeks into the season the Eagles would have such a crucial game? Enough of the circus act. Enough of the rollercoaster ride from half to half. The Eagles will use this one as a statement game. I fully believe Doug Pederson will correct the slow offensive starts in the first quarter and the gameplan will be run-heavy to cover up for some of the injuries. Expect either Miles Sanders or Jordan Howard to have 20+ carries in this one. If Matt Stafford is on his game, he could have an easy time moving up and down the field on this 31st ranked passing defense. The key will be keeping Detroit out of the endzone
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Lions 23