Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions - 10/9/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) at Detroit Lions (1-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Philadelphia Eagles -3 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles put their perfect record on the line against the Detroit Lions in week 5 NFL action.
The Philadelphia Eagles went into their week 4 bye fresh off of a 34-3 dismantling of the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 3. Carson Wentz continued to silence the critics with yet another solid performance, completing 23 of 31 pass attempts for 301 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wentz also kept his interception total blank for the third consecutive game. 2016 fifth round pick Wendell Smallwood ended up seeing the majority of the workload for Philly out of the backfield, racking up 79 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries after starter Ryan Mathews left the game with an ankle injury. Darren Sproles may not have had much effect on the ground for the eagles as his 2 carries resulted in negative yardage on the day, however Darren Sproles did what Darren Sproles normally does, and hurt you in the passing game as he led the Eagles with 6 receptions for 128 yards, including a 73-yard catch and run for a touchdown to open the second half. The Eagles suffocated the Steelers, holding Pittsburgh to 251 yards of total offense, including a measly 29 yards on the ground. Philly's standout defensive performance in week 3 was highlighted by a Rodney McLeod interception to go along with 4 total sacks courtesy of Bennie Logan, Brandon Graham and a pair from Fletcher Cox.
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The Detroit Lions dropped their third consecutive game to fall to 1-3 after a 17-14 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears. Matthew Stafford had an off day by his standards, completing 23 of his 36 pass attempts for 213 yards and a pair of interceptions. Theo Riddick led the Lions with 31 rushing yards on 11 carries as the Lions ground attack was more of a whimper than it was a roar in week 4, as the team racked up a total of 66 yards on 18 carries against what many would consider to be a subpar Bears defense. Marvin Jones led the Lions in receiving once again, hauling in 5 passes for 74 yards while Anquan Bolton led the team in receptions with 6, but only amassed 31 yards on the day. Almost all of the Lions' scoring came by way of special teams, in the form of 2 field goals from Matt Prater and an 85-yard Andre Roberts punt return for a touchdown late in the 4th but it was too late for Detroit. The Lions allowed over 400 yards to a Chicago team led by backup Brian Hoyer, not to mention the same Bears team that has yet to score more than 17 points in any of their 4 games this season. The only highlights in the otherwise disappointing Lions defensive performance came by way of a pair of sacks from Darius Slay and Kerry Hyder.
Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 vs. the NFC. Detroit is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these two teams.
I'm gonna finally buy in to the Eagles. They've looked stellar for the first 3 weeks of this season, and Wentz looks like the guy who should've went first overall. The Lions just lost to one of the worst teams in the league and now they have to take on an Eagles squad that is full of confidence at the moment.
Take Philly and the low line as soon as you can, because I'm sure it will only go up until kickoff.