The 4-6 Philadelphia Eagles travel to Detroit to take on 3-7 Lions in the first of three Thanksgiving games on Thursday with both of these teams headed in different directions. The Eagles lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45 -17, which was their second home loss in the last 2 weeks. The Lions beat the Raiders 18-13 a week after beating Green Bay 18-16. The Eagles are still only 1 game behind the Giants in the NFC East and the Lions no longer have the worst record in the league.
The Lions have played much better defensively than they have offensively in their 2 game win streak. The defensive line has done a great job stopping the rush as they held the packers to just 47 yards and the Raiders to just 50. Last week they limited Derek Carr to just 169 yards on 13 completions with 0 touchdowns. The longest pass play the Raiders had was an 11-yard completion to Michael Crabtree. Offensively, Matthew Stafford completed 22 of 35 passes for 282 yards but wasn’t able to throw a touchdown. The offensive line didn’t help him as he was sacked 4 times for a loss of 16 yards. Calvin Johnson had 5 catches for 88 yards and Golden Tate had 8 receptions for 73 yards.
The Eagles played poorly on both sides of the ball in their loss to Tampa Bay. Defensively, they allowed Jameis Winston to complete 19 of 29 passes for 246 yards and 5 touchdowns. They were only able to sack Winston once and he finished with a quarterback rating of 94.7. They also had trouble stopping the run as the Bucs ran for 283 lead by Doug Martin who had 235 yards on 27 carries. Offensively, they had 4 turnovers led by Mark Sanchez who threw 3 interceptions. Sanchez had some bright spots also, as he finished 26 of 41 for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns. The offensive line didn’t help as he was sacked 3 times for a loss of 14 yards. Demarco Murray had a decent day as he rushed for 64 yards on 13 carries but lost a fumble. He also caught 4 passes for another 27 yards. Brent Celek led the team in both receptions (7) receptions and yards (79). Sam Bradford’s status for this week is questionable as he was able to return to practice this week after he suffered a separated shoulder and a concussion in week 10.
Detroit has beaten 2 good teams in a row in the Raiders and Packers as the Eagles struggled mightily against Tampa Bay and the Dolphins. The Eagles are 4-6 against the spread this year including 2-3 on the road. The Lions are 3-7 against the spread and are only 1-4 at home. The Eagles are slight favorites even though they are on the road and Sam Bradford’s status remains a key factor in them being able to get the important road victory.
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