A huge clash between a pair of NFC rivals kicks off on Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love as the Lions visit Philly to take on the Eagles. This game is huge for both squads as they enter with legitimate shots at claiming their respective divisional crowns. For a while, it looked like the Eagles were headed for yet another disastrous campaign, but Nick Foles has been remarkable in 2013 and should be able to keep that going in Week 14 against a questionable Lions’ defense. Detroit has vaulted to the top of the NFC North, taking full advantage of injuries to the Bears and the Packers along the way. They’re as complete a squad as they’ve been in years, and this week marks yet another crucial game in their quest to securing the division. One intriguing aspect that could play a role in this game are weather concerns. A wintry mix is expected to roll in around halftime and it will be interesting to see how a dome-team like the Lions can deal with those types of conditions. It’s a huge NFC match-up on Sunday and we’ve got you covered for all of you Week 14 betting needs here at The Sports Geek. Read down below for additional game thoughts and our official selection.
Lions at Eagles Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +2.5 (+100)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -2.5 (-120)
Over 54 (-110)
Under 54 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Lions at Eagles Pick:
What a turnaround it’s been for the Philadelphia Eagles this year. With another dismal season seemingly looming back in early-October, Nick Foles has provided a shot in the arm to this entire franchise. He has thrown 21 touchdown passes with zero interceptions. Yes, zero. Mike Vick is a very distant back-up at the moment. Head coach Chip Kelly has proved capable in his rookie NFL season, and their much-maligned defense has really improved of late. The Eagles are now a competent football team and their improved play at home this week will make things quite problematic for the visiting Detroit Lions.
On offense, look for Nick Foles’ impressive play to continue in Week 14. The Lions have an improved defense, but it still has its holes. Their secondary has conceded 7.7 yards per pass attempt in 2013, a dismal mark that Foles should be able to exploit. De Sean Jackson should be able to burn anybody who tries to line up against him, and look for many big plays in his future. Detroit has surrendered 13 passing plays of 40 or more yards this year, and the Eagles deep threat attack should be good to add to that total in Week 14.
On the other side of the football, it will be interesting to see what we get from the Detroit offense. Despite seemingly possessing all the talent in the world, this team has been dismal in recent weeks at protecting the football. The Lions have committed a horrendous 17 turnovers in their past five games, and remain incredibly undisciplined. They’ve taken 80 penalties in just twelve contests, a sure-fire recipe for eventual failure. The other negative for Detroit entering this contest is the health of their key running back Reggie Bush. Bush is currently listed as questionable with a calf injury, and if he can’t go it’d be a big boost to the Eagles defense.
Ultimately, this game means much more to Philly than it does Detroit. Although we’ve seen some real ineptitude from the Lions in past seasons, you’ve got to think they’ve all but secured the NFC North given their competition. The Eagles on the other hand need this win for a shot at the post-season and NFC East divisional crown. They enter as one of the hottest teams in football, and combine that with some nasty weather, you’ve got to favour the home squad in this one. Detroit just isn’t a good road team – 23-38-2 since 2006, and in weeks after they’ve scored 30 or more points, they are 0-11 against the spread. Expect a lackluster outing from the Lions and look for a hungry Eagles squad to pounce. It’ll be a tight one, but look for Philly to prevail in Week 14.
PICK = Eagles -2.5 (-120)