Eagles vs Lions Preview

Coming off the heels of a blowout loss to the Raiders in Vegas, Nick Sirianni and the Eagles will be squaring off against the only winless team in the NFL, the Detroit Lions. Despite the Lions 0-7 record, they've played teams like the 49ers, Vikings, Ravens, and the Rams close. For the Eagles to salvage anything out of this season, they will need to hold off former first overall pick Jarred Goff and the Lions.


Detroit Lions Injury Report:

Detroit listed five players as questionable, including their two backs D'Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (thigh). Edge rusher Trey Flowers (knee) was also listed as questionable, including defensive backs Jerry Jacobs (illness) and A.J. Parker (neck).


Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report:

After suffering an ankle injury on the second drive of the game, Miles Sanders (knee) was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Lions. Special teams' corner Zech McPhearson (hamstring) was also ruled out. Starting safety Anthony Harris (hands/groin) was listed as doubtful and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (back) was listed as questionable. If Anthony Harris is unable to suit up, which seems extremely likely, Marcus Epps would get the start.


Key Matchups


Defense:

  • Josh Sweat vs Penei Sewell

  • Alex Singleton vs D'Andre Swift

  • Javan Hargrave vs Jonah Jackson

The Lions offense is built around check downs to the running backs. The two backs Williams and Swift have combined for 58 catches through seven games. On the outside, the Lions do most of their damage with the tight end T.J. Hockenson and wideout Kalif Raymond. Philly fans are familiar with Jarred Goff, but he is in an entirely new system. Regardless, the Lions will try and attack the Eagles linebackers with their backs in both the passing game and running game. I wouldn't be shocked to see the two Detroit backs to get upwards of 40 touches based on their offensive structure. This game will depend on how the linebackers play. If Swift runs wild, the Eagles defense could be in for a rough afternoon.


Offense:

  • Jordan Mailata vs Julian Okwara

  • DeVonta Smith vs Amani Oruwariye

  • Dallas Goedert vs Tracy Walker

After moving around the offensive line, Jordan Mailata had an atrocious game against the Raiders. Mailata will need to pick it up against Julian Okwara if Jalen Hurts is to find success in this game. If Hurts struggles against a poor Lions defense, I wouldn't be shocked to see Gardner Minshew take over. On the outside, DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert have extremely favorable matchups, and there is no reason that this duo should not see at least 18 targets. With Sanders ruled out, Sirianni will have to get the ball into his best players hands, and those two players are DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert. We could also expect to see Jordan Howard get some carries, and Boston Scott could also see some action. Many expect Gainwell to be the bell-cow, but he should preserve his current role as Scott and Howard will look to replace the Sanders roll.

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