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#465 Philadelphia Eagles vs.
#466 Detroit Lions
Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT
Ford Field, Detroit
Written by Mason Folz

This Sunday, the (0-0) Philadelphia Eagles and the (0-0) Detroit Lions will match up in the first week of the NFL regular season. Kick-off will be at 1:00 PM EST inside Ford Field. Both of these teams will be looking to start the season strong, as this will be the first real test for both these teams in 2022.

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming into this one after going 1-2 in the preseason. They will now play their starters for the full game, as Jalen Hurts and the Eagle's offense will attempt to jump out to a fast start.

The Detroit Lions also went 1-2 in the preseason, as they struggled against Pittsburgh in their final game. They will now have Jared Goff and the starters on the field, as the Lions will be attempting to be better than they were in 2021.

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Can the Eagles Start Fast?

The Philadelphia Eagles finished the 2021 season with a 9-8 record, as they finished the season strong. They will now be looking to be even better in 2022, as they have made multiple upgrades on both sides of the field. According to Sports Reference, the Eagles scored 26.1 points per game in 2021, which was the 12th most in the league. They did most of their damage on the ground, as they averaged the most rushing yards per game with 159.7. Watch for Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell in the backfield, as these two were beasts last season. Philadelphia struggled to move the ball through the air, though. They only averaged 210.0 passing yards per game, which was the fourth least in the league. Jalen Hurts will be starting at QB in this one, as he will also be looking to be better this season. He finished the 2021 season with 3,144 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. He also used his legs to help his team, as he is considered to be a dual-threat quarterback. The Eagles also picked up multiple weapons in the offseason, as Hurts will be throwing the ball to Goedert, Devonta Smith, and AJ Brown. Brown was traded to Philadelphia, as he had 63 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns for the Titans in 2021.

On the defensive side of the field, the Eagles have some room for improvement in 2022. Last season they allowed 3,756 yards through the air and 28 passing touchdowns. Their secondary was beaten multiple times last season, but Darius Slay and James Bradberry will look to lead this unit in 2021. They also upgraded their secondary after trading for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson from the Saints. He will be playing safety for Philadelphia. As a team, the Eagles also gave up 22.6 points per game, which was the 18th most points given up per game. The Eagles have solid men up front, as Josh Sweat, Javon Hargrave, and Fletcher Cox will be looking to stop the run and put pressure on the opposing quarterback. They finished with 29 sacks last season, as they will be looking for more in 2022.

Will the Lions Show Up?

The Detroit Lions finished the 2021 season with a 3-13-1 record, and they will also be looking to better this season. On offense, they struggled in 2021. The Lions only scored 19.1 points per game, which was the 25th least in the NFL. They also averaged 228.5 passing yards per game, as Jared Goff will be starting for the Lions in week 1. This was the 19th least amount of passing yards per game. Goff finished the season with 3,245 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He also had a 91.5 QBR, as he showed that he could lead this offense. Detroit struggled on the ground, as well. They only averaged 110.9 rushing yards per game, as their offensive line was shaky and their backs couldn't consistently find holes. I would also watch for D.J. Chark and Amon-Ra St. Brown, as these are currently the top two wide receivers on their depth chart. The Lions also have TE TJ Hockenson, as he finished the 2021 season with 61 receptions and 583 yards. He has already scored 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions have a ton of work to do. They did have the second overall pick in the draft, where they ended up picking Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan. He will be rushing the passer and causing anarchy on Detroit's defensive line. The Lions recorded 36 sacks in 2021, which was the 14th most. Detroit also finished last season 29th in yards allowed. The Lions also gave up 27.5 points per game, which was the second most in the NFL. They struggled to stop anyone, which made it very difficult to win. Detroit also committed 105 penalties in 2021, which was the 18th most in the league. They continued to hurt themselves, as they gave up too many free yards. Detroit had a very difficult time against the run in 2021, as well. They gave up 4.4 yards per carry and allowed 19 rushing touchdowns.

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I will be hammering the Philadelphia Eagles -4 in this matchup with the Lions. Everyone loves this team because they were on Hard Knocks, but I don't think they've made enough upgrades to take the next step. Now, the Eagles are going in the right direction and I love what they have done with their roster. I also see the Eagles running the ball all over the Lions. This will then open up the passing game for Hurts, as I expect him to continue to take shots downfield. They now Devonta Smith and AJ Brown on the outside, as they will be able to get open consistently against this Lion's defense. Detroit Gave up the second most points in 2021 and I see them struggling in this one again. The Lions struggled against the run last season, as well. The Eagles ran for 159.7 yards per game, as I see them running all over the Lions in this one. Watch for Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell, as one of these guys is primed for a big game in this one. I don't see the Lions scoring enough points to cover this spread either. They scored the 25th least amount of points last season, as I see them struggling against Philadelphia's defense. The Eagles D-line is nasty, as they only gave up 4 yards per carry in 2021. I don't trust Goff either. He will make a few mistakes in this game and the Eagles will slowly pull away. I love this Eagle's offense and I just don't see the Lions slowing them down.

Pick the Philadelphia Eagles and lay the points (-4).

Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles -4

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I will be hammering the over 48.5 in this matchup between the Eagles and the Lions. Philadelphia gave up the 18th most points in 2021 and their secondary struggled. I see the Lions moving the ball consistently against them, as Jared Goff is more than capable of leading this offense. He had a solid season last year and he looks to be healthy. He also has multiple big targets to throw to, as the Eagles' secondary was beatable in 2021. Now, the Eagles will score the majority of the points in this game, as the Lions were one of the worst teams against the run last season. Philadelphia led the league in rush yards per game, as they have some serious talent in their backfield. Hurts also can run with the ball, as he will continue to move the chains for the Eagles. Philadelphia also scored the 12th most points per game last season, as not many defenses were able to slow them down. That trend will continue in this one and the Eagles will do their part in pushing this total over 48.5. The Lions' defense gave up the second most points last season, as I see them struggling to begin this season as well.

Hammer the over 48.5 and trust that both offenses will put up points in this one.

Prediction: Over 48.5
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Written By Mason Folz , "Mason Folz"

Mason graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and he has been watching SportsCenter since before he could walk. He has been crunching numbers since he could learn to count and nothing makes Mason happier in this world than talking sports, unless he is on the golf course! We are very happy to have added Mason to our team at StatSalt and you will be glad as well. Let's win some money!