Sunday 1:00 Ford Field Detroit MI
NEEDS TO STEP UP:
OLB Mychal Kendricks: Though RB Theo Riddick isn’t the guy we need to key on, he’s a big part of the Lions passing game. OLB Nigel Bradham will likely be fine corralling Riddick on his side, but so far this season Kendricks hasn’t done a great job in coverage. More snaps in practice, and fewer on Instagram might keep him from getting embarrassed on Sunday.
WE MUST CONTAIN:
WR Marvin Jones: Consider for a moment that for a receiver to be dangerous, the snap, dropback, and protection has to be good; and then the QB has to select that receiver, (who has to be open), and then the ball has to be delivered at least half decent. So it seems weird every time I say that the key guy to stop is a WR. However, that’s the case here. This team can’t run the ball, and no one (aside from Jones) coming into this game Sunday, averages 10 yards per catch. If we take away Jones, we remove the Lions teeth.
EAGLES STORY LINE:
At 3-0 we hold a razor thin edge in the division over Dallas (3-1), but we can move comfortably ahead of them with a win over the Lions this week. The hope here is that the team isn’t looking past Detroit, at our first division match-up next week vs Washington (2-2). This game has to be the focus. Losing fluff games like this one, generally comes back to haunt a team when it’s time to jostle for playoff home games.
This is a must-win game now, so that we don’t have to “make it up” later in the season.
EAGLES 28 – Lions 20