Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Eagles
James Hawkins, Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Eagles game.
James Hawkins: After back-to-back listless performances, it’s hard to believe the Lions will bounce back against a team that ranks among the leaders in scoring offense and defense, not to mention had an extra week to prepare. The Eagles are one of the league’s early surprises, but it’ll be unsurprising to watch them leave Ford Field with their perfect record intact. Eagles 24-17
Justin Rogers: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me dozens of times over the years, well, it’s time to look in the mirror. I’m not sure I can bring myself to pick the Lions again this year after losses to the Titans at home and Bears on the road. The Eagles have been crushing the competition with an efficient offense and dominant defense. The downward spiral continues. Eagles 26-16
John Niyo: This won’t be a repeat of last Thanksgiving’s game against the Eagles. But will it be a repeat of the 2014 meeting with Buffalo and a Jim Schwartz-led defense? That’s a better bet, since the Eagles are flying around making plays — Schwartz is getting to opposing quarterbacks rushing four — and the Lions offensive line is enduring some growing pains. Eagles 23-20
Bob Wojnowski: All sorts of trouble brewing for the Lions. Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz has been poised and effective, and should have TE Zach Ertz back. The Lions defense often gets destroyed by tight ends and has been awful on third downs. But aside from the disaster in Chicago, Matthew Stafford has been good, and surely will be motivated against Jim Schwartz’s defense. Lions 23-21