Week 3 of the NFL season is already upon us, and let’s hope a profitable start can continue through what promises to be an exciting week of NFL action.
In the 1:00 EST games, we will begin with the undefeated Detroit Lions taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love. The Lions have to be feeling good about their game, coming off of a big win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week. Detroit tied back in Week 1, but it’s clear that they consider themselves a contender in a competitive NFC North division.
For the Eagles, they too are mired in a very tough division – the NFC East. It will be tight all season long between them and Dallas for who gets the divisional banner, but the Eagles are a veteran group and they realize that home games against Detroit aren’t opportunities that can be missed out on.
Read on below the posted odds for a tactical breakdown and betting prediction for this battle between the Eagles and Lions. Can Detroit continue their surprise unbeaten run? Find out below, and enjoy the games!
Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +7 (-110)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -7 (-110)
Over 45.5 (-105)
Under 45.5 (-115)
Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick:
The Eagles enter this match a decisive favourite, but I’m not entirely certain it’s deserved based off of form so far in 2019. To begin, Philadelphia is currently in the midst of dealing with a fair bit of injury concerns to key offensive talents. It is unlikely that DeSean Jackson or Alshon Jeffery will play – which means huge losses for Carson Wentz in the passing game. Dallas Goedert is likely also out at the tight end position, while key offensive lineman Jason Peters was banged up last Sunday night. The Eagles are walking wounded, and the Lions have the personnel to take advantage.
Expect Detroit to really pressure and trouble Philadelphia and make it a priority to get to the quarterback Carson Wentz. He’s lethal with time and space, but expect the likes of Trey Flowers and Devon Kennard to do a great job at getting to Wentz off of the edge. Detroit is also a stellar team at defending the run game, a staple of Philly’s attack. If Philadelphia is missing weapons through the air, and has a struggling ground attack – it could be tough to move the chains on Sunday.
Detroit meanwhile has changed their offensive approach so far this year, and it has paid dividends. Matt Stafford remains an excellent quarterback, and more often than not – good things happen when he drops back to pass. The Eagles meanwhile are struggling within their secondary. Ronald Darby was exposed on national television last week against Atlanta, and that should be welcome news for the in-form Kenny Golladay. At the tight end position, T.J. Hockensen is proving impossible to guard for Detroit – so options will be available downfield for the accurate Stafford.
Philadelphia has typically been a team that generates a lot of pressure and can hurry opposing QB’s, but in this game the injury bug will again interfere with that. Both Malik Jackson and Timmy Jernigan are injured, and that should give Stafford all the time he needs in this contest.
With the Eagles down so many key pieces, this spread seems off at the moment. Detroit enters a confident and hungry group, playing great football at the right time. Expect the Lions to keep this game tight throughout, and don’t be surprised to see them pull off the outright win.