Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) at Detroit Lions (three-7)
Thursday, twelve:30 p.m. ET, at Ford Field, Detroit – Tv: FOX
*Tv set announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
*Keys to the sport: A big difference for Detroit in the course of a two-game winning streak and credit rating to defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is introducing speed to the base defense. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead and protection Isa Abdul-Quddus have played far more to give the defense a jolt of speed although linebacker Josh Bynes and protection James Ihedigbo have noticed their saps decrease. The enhanced assortment will arrive in handy in opposition to the Eagles’ multiple-receiver sets.
The Eagles stumble into Detroit with 3 losses in their past four game titles, averaging significantly less than 19 factors per recreation in these losses. Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) could be again for Philadelphia after Mark Sanchez started out at quarterback previous week. RB DeMarco Murray averages just 2.eight yards on 1st-down carries this year, forcing the Eagles into lengthy down-distance conditions and exposing a ragtag offensive line.
Philadelphia’s run protection is a main fret right after Doug Martin peeled off operates of 17, 27, 58 and eighty four yards previous week. The Eagles are making it possible for 5.1 yards for every carry in their earlier seven video games, and have troubles defending No. 1 receivers these kinds of as Calvin Johnson.
*Matchup to watch – Eagles CBs Byron Maxwell and Nolan Carroll vs. Lions QB Matt Stafford: Opponents have a ninety four.one passer rating in opposition to the Eagles on 3rd down. Stafford life in assault method and will give the Eagles chances to flip the field if they can adhere with WRs Johnson and Golden Tate.
*Participant highlight – Lions RB Theo Riddick: With fifty catches for 445 acquiring yards via 10 video games, Riddick is proving to be one particular of the most trustworthy obtaining backs in his 3rd NFL season. “I’ve been hunting ahead to observing Theo since he is been right here,” Johnson stated.
*Fast details: The Lions have scored more than twenty details just twice this season. … 8 gamers account for the Eagles’ 13 landing catches this season.
WHO WILL Acquire AND WHY
Detroit is established to operate the ball and keep away from a observe fulfill. If their secondary limitations breakdowns, the Lions can acquire with the very same formulation that labored in wins more than Eco-friendly Bay and Oakland.
*Our select: Lions 24-21.