The Detroit Lions continue their Thanksgiving tradition at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. It was apparent from early on this season that the Eagles were going to be in trouble. They had such a good preseason and everything was looking up in Philadelphia, but that didn’t translate into anything in the regular season. There is blame to go around, and perhaps the greatest blame will fall in the hands on Sam Bradford. I don’t know how many more shots this guy is going to get before he is officially declared a big bust. I said it a long time ago that Bradford is a bust, but I didn’t hear too many supporting me there. Now, I think if I say the same thing, I’ll get some more support. He’s either hurt or putting together a pitiful effort on the football field. Right now his status is up in the air against the Lions. I thought there would be a clearer picture right now regarding if he’s going to play or not, his status is still iffy. If he can’t go Mark Sanchez will get the start again at quarterback.
I know a lot of people aren’t too excited to wake up on Thanksgiving to have to watch this game. I think at the start of the season if you were looking at this matchup it’d look like a pretty good one. Looking at their records at the moment it isn’t the case at all. The Lions have won two straight games, good stuff right, well it would have been good if their overall record wasn’t 3-7. Even with the wins, there is still a dirty stench in the air surrounding the Detroit Lions. The house was cleaned with the amount of firings across the board. The GM and president were fired, along with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. I still don’t think Caldwell is safe. After the Lions hire a new GM in the offseason, I am sure he is going to want to get his own guy in there.
There are also question marks surrounding some of the Lions premier players. Calvin Johnson is getting older and do they really want to keep paying him big dollars. It’s a shame Johnson was for the most part left to rot on the Lions. Just like Barry Sanders, his immense talent hasn’t been going towards a Super Bowl or on a good team. The Lions have had their moments of being good, and Calvin Johnson is a big reason for that, but they still haven’t won a playoff game. They should have last season. Should have doesn’t count, though. The 3-7 Lions are in the basemen and the Eagles at 4-6 are somehow still alive in the brutal NFC East. The Eagles desperately need a win and the Lions don’t want to lose again in front of national television, which seems to becoming a theme with them.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions NFL
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Eagles vs. Lions Pick:
The Lions opened as dogs in this game, but the spread has shifted all the way in the other direction in favor of the Lions. Could it be because of the Bradford injury? I think it was already established that Bradford was going to be up in the air for this game before the line even came out, so it’s more the books adjusting. I do believe they were off on the Lions as underdogs. If you were able to get a piece of the Lions as dogs good job, because I feel value wise it was the best option in this game. The Lions enter with a sad offense scoring only 18.5 points per game and 25th in total yardage. With the offense they have surrounding Matthew Stafford with, that is simply unacceptable. Calvin Johson, Golden Tate, Ameer Abdullah, Eric Ebron, and all there is to show for it is an offense who is 25th in the NFL? Not good, not good at all. The defense has given up some points with 27.4 point allowed per game, but are 13th in the NFL in yards allowed. Yards don’t mean anything if the scoreboard is still ringing up.
The Eagles are so sporadic that is hard to get a good read on them. Although, either way, Sanchez starting or Bradford, I’m not confident in either of them. The Lions have looked their best these last two weeks. Winning 18-16 and then 18-13 last week against the Raiders. Do you think this coincides with all of the people that got canned two weeks ago in Detroit? Oh yeah, I think there is some correlation there. Everybody in this organization is walking around like they could be next to get the boot. Caldwell especially. He looked unprepared heading into this season, but has since gotten the Lions on the right page, desperate to keep his job. Thanksgiving at home I think the Lions take this over the Eagles. I cannot back that sloppy quarterback situation in Philadelphia.
PICK: LIONS -2.5 (-110)