The Lions (7-5) are trying to stay a game ahead of the Bears (6-6) in the NFC North. The Eagles (7-5) are currently tied with the Cowboys atop the NFC East and want to keep their current four-game win streak intact.
Today will be the 31st meeting between these two teams with the Eagles holding a slight 15-13-2 advantage.
The Lions beat the Eagles, 26-23, in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field in the last meeting in 2012. Quarterback
A LOOK AT THE STATS
|Points per game||27.2 (4)||25.0 (8)|
|Total yards per game||424.5 (2)||403.6 (3)|
|Rushing yards||115.2 (16)||146.8 (2)|
|Passing yards||309.3 (2)||256.8 (9)|
|Points allowed||23.9 (18)||23.4 (16)|
|Total yards allowed||344.9 (15)||412.3 (31)|
|Rushing yards allowed||82.7 (3)||115.5 (19)|
|Passing yards allowed||262.3 (26)||296.8 (32)|
|Turnover ratio||-8 (26)||+7 (8t)|
BY THE NUMBERS
40: Receiving yards needed by Calvin Johnson to break Herman Moore’s franchise record of 9,174 career yards.
4: Receptions needed by
62: The Lions defense hasn’t allowed more than 62 rushing yards over their last six games. They haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown in eight games.
PROTECT THE BALL
More than any other statistic, turnovers have the biggest impact on the win/loss column. The Lions have 17 turnovers in their last five games. If they’d simply gotten out of their own way in losses to Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, the division race might be over by now.
Philadelphia has too explosive of an offense to give it extra possessions.
STUFF THE RUN
Nick Foles gets a lot of the headlines for having 19 touchdowns and no interceptions, but it’s the Eagles rushing attack that makes that offense work. A lot of the looks Foles gets in the passing game are because the Eagles boast the league’s second-best rushing attack, and a 1,000-yard rusher in LeSean McCoy (1,088).
The Lions come to Philadelphia with the league’s third-best rushing defense (82.7). Detroit’s defense hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher yet this season.
Something has to give. The winner of this matchup wins the game.
GET AFTER FOLES
Foles has been very good at protecting the football this season. He hasn’t, however, played as disruptive a defensive line as the Lions employ.
SPREAD THE WEALTH
The Lions offense is truly at it’s best when multiple players are getting involved in the action. Last week we saw contributions from receiver
The Eagles rank dead last in the NFL in pass defense and 31st in overall defense. They have speed, and do a nice job in the red zone, but there should be opportunities for multiple Lions players to make plays in the passing game.
NO BIG PLAYS
The Eagles’ up-tempo offense does a good job of keeping defenses on their heels and forcing mistakes. The Eagles lead the NFL in 20-plus-yard passes (61), 40-plus-yard passes (16) and has 11 runs of 20-plus yards, fourth-most in league.
The Eagles like to snap the football as soon as the official sets it. That can have defenses running around if their not ready, which can lead to big plays. The Lions have to be very disciplined on defense, get the calls in quick and get set for the snap. The Eagles also like to go over the top of the defense when they crowd the run. Safeties
PLAYERS TO WATCH: LIONS
Matthew Stafford, QB:
Over is past two games, Stafford has passed for 627 yards (313.5 per game) and six touchdowns. He’s also thrown six interceptions. He has to take better care of the football.
Bell had 128 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 34 receiving) and a touchdown last week against Green Bay. With
Houston missed last week’s game with a foot injury, but returned to practice this week and should play today. Will the injury affect him at all?
PLAYERS TO WATCH: EAGLES
DeSean Jackson, WR:
In two career meetings against Detroit, Jackson has nine catches for 209 yards (104.5 per game) and a touchdown. He ranks second in the NFL among active players (min. 300 catches) with a 17.3 average per catch.
DeMeco Ryans, LB:
Leads the team with 105 tackles. Ryans had 13 tackles the last time these two teams met.
Trent Coles, LB:
Cole is looking to record two sacks in a third-straight game. He has four over the last two games and five on the year.