1:02 pm
September 11

Eagles @ Lions

Who will WIN this matchup?

Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)

@ Detroit Lions (0-0)


Current odds:

Philadelphia Eagles: (-240)

Detroit Lions: (+196)


The spread for the game is Philadelphia by 5.5 points.

The Eagles finished last season at 9-8 and lost 31-15 in the NFC wild-card round at Tampa Bay. Hurts accounted for 26 touchdowns (16 passing, 10 rushing) in 15 starts in his second NFL season and will look to take the next step on a team with high aspirations. “What we’ve seen in practice over and over and over again is him being able to get through reads quicker and being more accurate with his throws,” head coach Nick Sirianni said. “Just his progression as a player. Guys that are competitive, guys that are tough, and guys that love football have the ability to reach their ceiling and I see him continuing to grow.”

He’ll benefit from having familiar faces among his offensive teammates and coaching staff. The biggest offseason addition was wide receiver A.J. Brown, who caught 24 touchdown passes and averaged 16.2 yards per catch in 43 career games with Tennessee. He’ll form a dangerous trio with second-year wideout DeVonta Smith and tight end Dallas Goedert. Top running back Miles Sanders will try to bounce back from a season in which he failed to score in 12 games. Sanders has been nagged by a hamstring injury but practiced in full on Wednesday.

Goff threw for 19 touchdowns in 14 games during his first season with the Lions after getting traded by the Los Angeles Rams. The Lions are coming off a 3-13-1 season, though they did win three of their final six games. If they don’t show major improvement this season, Goff could be looking for another team. The Lions can cut him next March and only take a $10 million hit in dead cap money.

The offensive line is considered one of the league’s best. Tight end T.J. Hockenson caught 61 passes in 12 games last season. D’Andre Swift accumulated over 1,000 yards from scrimmage before an injury cut his season short, and Amon-Ra St. Brown emerged as the top wide receiver as a rookie with 90 receptions. Defensively, the No. 2 overall draft pick this April, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, will make his much-anticipated debut.

StreakSmarter Pick
Philadelphia Eagles