Last Updated Sep 11, 2022, 12:33 PM
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Picks, Predictions, Odds
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Week 1 of the NFL season will resume on Sunday afternoon with an NFC clash between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. Coverage begins from Ford Field in Detroit at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES vs. DETROIT LIONS BETTING PREDICTION
Detroit finished dead-last in the NFC North with a record of 3-13-1 last season, marking the Lions’ fourth-straight last place finish in the division, and an overall record of 17-46 since the departure of head coach Jim Caldwell. Jared Goff was mediocre in his first campaign for Detroit, as the former Rams’ QB completed 67% of his passes for 232 PYPG and 19 TD’s across 14 contests last season; but he’ll need to play much better to elevate Detroit in matchups against playoff caliber squads like the Eagles.
On the other hand, Philadelphia finished second in the NFC East with a record of 9-8 last season, which earned Philly a first round date with Tampa Bay in the playoffs before their inevitable elimination. However, Philly didn’t always appear destined for the postseason, as the Eagles posted a miserable 3-6 start to head coach Nick Sirianni’s tenure before promptly flipping the script with wins in six of eight contests down the homestretch.
I’ll back Philly here, as the Eagles stomped Detroit 44-6 last season, which was a contest Jalen Hurts completed just nine passes for 103 PYDS in; and while Sunday’s matchup probably won’t be quite as lopsided, there’s no reason to expect a vastly different result this time around.
Score Prediction: Eagles 27, Lions 17
Best Bet: Eagles -4 (-110)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES vs. DETROIT LIONS BETTING ODDS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES vs. DETROIT LIONS BETTING RESOURCES
Date: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022
Matchup: NFC East vs. NFC North
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Time-TV: FOX, 1:00 p.m. ET
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES BETTING ANALYSIS
The Eagles’ defense was relatively pedestrian in DC Jonathan Gannon’s first campaign with the team, as Philly ranked 19th in points allowed 10th in yardage allowed last season (23.1 PPG, 330 YPG), which was enough to keep their 12th ranked scoring offense afloat in most contests (25.5 PPG); but not enough compete with top tier NFC squads like Tampa Bay.
Philadelphia’s offense was phenomenal during the back half of last season, as the Eagles scored 26+ PTS in eight of their last ten regular-season contests (28.5 PPG), and the addition of Pro-Bowl WR A.J. Brown should only amplify the development of the Birds’ young offense. However, there’s still several question marks surrounding the Eagles’ defensively, which should ultimately determine what level Philly can contend at throughout the year.
DETROIT LIONS BETTING ANALYSIS
The Lions finished last in the NFC North with a record of 13-3-1 last season, marking the worst record in the NFC last year; and Detroit’s fourth straight campaign with six wins or less. Detroit’s offense was incredibly underwhelming in Goff’s first season under-center, as Detroit ranked 25th in scoring and 22nd in total offense last year (19.1 PPG, 323 YPG). However, Detroit has far bigger concerns on the defensive side of the ball, considering the Lions ranked 31st in points allowed and 30th in yards per play (27.5 PPG, 5.9 YPP), which doesn’t give Goff and co. much of chance to begin with.
Detroit’s defensive struggles were on full display against Philly last season, as the Lions surrendered 236 rushing yards and 114 passing yards in a blowout home loss to the Eagles in Week 8. However, that matchup was also the Lions’ worst game of the year offensively, as Detroit generated just six points on 228 total yards, despite turning the ball over only once.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES vs. DETROIT LIONS BETTING TRENDS
- The total has gone OVER in eight of Philadelphia's last 12 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Detroit's last 15 games.
- The total has gone OVER in eight straight games between Detroit and Philadelphia.
- The total has gone UNDER in four of Philadelphia's last five road games.
- Detroit are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
- The Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against Detroit.
- The Eagles are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games.