Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions
Date and Time: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Week 5 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Eagles - 2.5, 46
Eagles vs. Lions TV Coverage: FOX
Before the season started, the Eagles brought up the rear on the odds to win the NFC East. Entering Week 5, they’re now the odds on +160 favorites to win it. Much of that has to do with the job Doug Pederson and his staff have done molding the squad on both sides of the ball. Through three weeks of play, the Eagles owned the league’s No. 2 ranked scoring offense that’s been backed up by the No. 1 ranked scoring defense.
Jim Schwartz has done a fantastic job reshaping the Eagles on the defensive side of the ball. What the unit did to Pittsburgh, the team that just blitzed a supposedly good Kansas City defense, was unforeseen by just about everybody. Except for me since I pounded Philadelphia plus the points. The stop unit is getting after opposing quarterbacks ( 3.3 sacks per game ) and forcing turnovers ( 2.0 per game ).
The story in Detroit has been much different through the first month of the season. While the Marvin Jones story has been a nice one in allowing fans of the team forget about Calvin Johnson’s early retirement, there hasn’t been much more to write home about.
The team is still committing an absurd amount of penalties ( No. 30 at 9.7 per game ), and continues to kill itself with turnovers have coughed the pigskin up at least once in each of its last three games. Once again there’s no semblance of a running game to keep opposing defenses honest, and that’s really made things tough on Stafford who will enter this tilt off his worst effort of the season playing to a 56.8 QB rating against Chicago.
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The Lions have conceded at least two passing touchdowns in each of their first four games. Heck, Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers threw four apiece so it’s safe to say Detroit’s pass defense is one DFS players will look to target when looking to roster a quarterback every passing week. Especially with Ezekiel Ansah and DeAndre Levy injured.
That opens the door for Carson Wentz to step in and add to his already impressive rookie campaign. Last we saw him, he carved up the Steelers for 301 yards and a pair of touchdowns en route to leading the Eagles to the outright 34 - 3 win as 3.5 point underdogs. Detroit is giving up nearly 8.0 yards per reception ( No. 26 ), so another 300+ yard effort could be in the making.
Eagles vs. Lions Free Picks
A bulk of the players still suiting up for the Eagles got their salad tossed last Thanksgiving in the Motor City where Detroit blitzed them to the tune of a 45 - 14 victory. Stafford went bonkers in that game throwing for 337 yards and 5 touchdowns to turn a competitive game in the first quarter into a blowout.
This game has no doubt been circled because of that, and I can’t help but think Schwartz is going to be in his defense’s ear all week long reminding them of how badly they stunk the joint out. That bodes terribly for a Detroit side that’s seemingly had no clue what it’s doing each of the last three weeks. The Lions coaching staff is working on borrowed time. A nice run to close out last season kept it intact, but the true colors are once again shining through. Look for the Eagles to remind upper management of that in this one, as they cruise to the win and cover against the odds at BookMaker.eu.
Eagles vs. Lions ATS Pick: Eagles - 2.5 at BookMaker.eu
Eagles vs. Lions Score Prediction: Eagles 38 – Lions 16