Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) at Detroit Lions (1-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 9, 2016, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Lions +2.5 -- Over/Under: 46
The Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions meet in a NFC showdown early Sunday afternoon at Ford Field.
The Philadelphia Eagles take the road for the second time this season and have a chance to start 4-0 for the first time since the 2004 season. Carson Wentz is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Wentz enters this game with 102 career pass attempts under his belt. Jordan Matthews and Darren Sproles have combined for 364 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Nelson Agholor has 11 receptions. The Philadelphia Eagles ground game is averaging 119.3 yards per contest, and Ryan Mathews leads the way with 104 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Philadelphia is allowing nine points and 274.3 yards per game. Rodney McLeod leads the Philadelphia Eagles with 14 tackles, Fletcher Cox has three sacks and Nigel Bradham has one interception.
The Detroit Lions are in a must-win situation after a rough 1-3 start to the season. Matthew Stafford is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,198 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron have combined for 692 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Theo Riddick has 20 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 92.3 yards per contest, and Riddick leads the way with 122 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 25.5 points and 386.3 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Detroit Lions with 31 tackles, Kerry Hyder has five sacks and Glover Quin has one interception.
The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lions are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
This line is rather surprising considering the way both teams have played the first month of the season. The Detroit Lions are struggling defensively and still don't know how to finish games, which was a huge problem last season. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles found lighting in a bottle in Carson Wentz, have the best defense in the NFL in terms of points allowed and have had an extra week to prepare for this game. Yes, the Lions have had a tough schedule with three of their four games being on the road, but they're still the Lions and still find ways to lose.
I'll gladly take the Philadelphia Eagles and the low chalk.