After starting the 2019 season with a tie in Arizona, the Detroit Lions secured a home victory over the Los Angeles Chargers to get to 1-0-1 on the year.
“When you get to the forced fumble on the goal line, to the 4th and 1 conversion, to the touchdown pass after that, the two minute drive that they had that we obviously intercepted the ball in the end zone and then the end of the game four-minute operation got to have it play at the end,” head coach Matt Patricia said of the improvement his team showed from Week 1 to Week 2.
“Those are five pretty important situational football plays I thought those guys executed at a high level.”
Now the Lions will head to Philadelphia for a tough NFC matchup with the Eagles.
The Eagles are coming into the matchup pretty banged up, with 13 players listed on their injury report.
“Some of the stuff tonight, you can’t make up,” Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz told reporters after Philadelphia's loss to Atlanta on Sunday Night Football. “I’ve never seen guy after guy like that (go out) early in the ballgame, but guys stepped up. Guys were resilient.
“We came up a little short, but I’m proud of the guys tonight.”
Despite the Eagles' injury concerns, the Lions know better than to take them lightly.
“I think you never know who is going to be in and who’s going to be out," safety Quandre Diggs said. "I would say we study everybody. That’s our job to know everyone on their roster, whoever is on the scouting report, that’s our job to know who’s locked in and ready to go.”
For Mike O'Hara's full scouting report on the Eagles, click here.
DRISKEL, PERKINS JOIN LIONS
Both players hit the ground running, taking part in practice and learning the playbook.
“Just cramming and learning each day and taking things from (Matthew) Stafford and kind of learning from him on the fly as well as just cramming at home,” Driskel said. “It’s been hectic, it’s been a lot, but I’m just happy to be here.”
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS
- Watch defensive end Romeo Okwara talk typewriters, Africa and photography in the latest edition of Under the Helmet.
- Click here for the full Lions-Eagles injury report with game designations for Sunday's contest.
- How will rookie linebacker Jahlani Tavai's role change when Jarrad Davis returns? Tim Twentyman covers that and more in his latest 10 Questions column.
- Catch up on all the news from Darrell Bevell and Paul Pasqualoni's Tuesday media sessions.