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NFL week 14 preview: Detroit Lions v. Philadelphia Eagles

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OK, Lions fans. It's go time. There are only four games left in the season for Detroit. They are currently 7-5. A 9-7 record would likely win them the division. A 10-6 record would definitely do it. Things begin with their toughest contest left this season, unfortunately. The Lions have to travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, led by one of my favorite coaches in all of sporting, Chip Kelly. Still, for one week, I shall root for his swift and merciless trouncing. For a while there, the Eagles had an odd thing going on where they were losing all their home games, but not only has that stopped, it was fluky to begin with. It's easier for a team at home. That is simply that.

The Eagles had some troubles earlier this season, but that was owed in part to a change in defensive scheme as well as quarterback questions. Matt Barkley was briefly involved. It was no pretty for anybody. Now, Nick Foles has secured the job, and he has been excellent. He has yet to throw an interception this season, a notion that would presumably make Matthew Stafford's head explode.

Philly has a great running back in LeSean McCoy, but the Lions are great against the run, so I do not have a ton of concern there. However, I am very much concerned about the passing game. The Lions have struggled against the pass, and Darius Slay is likely out, while Chris Houston may miss the game, although I do think he will play. Foles is not terribly mobile, but he's taken care of business thus far. Still, if Ziggy Ansah and Ndamukong Suh can get after him, that would be great. DeSean Jackson is a big play receiver. That has been a problem for Detroit.

On offense, Reggie Bush is questionable, but I imagine he plays, and the Lions need him. They need his dynamic playmaking ability and impact in the passing game. Philly's defense, while improved, is still not good, especially against the pass. This is beneficial for the Lions, of course, provided Stafford can curtail the interceptions. That is entirely possible. Also, nobody can stop Calvin Johnson, so that's good.

I expect a high scoring game. The way I imagine it going, both teams will throw the ball with relative ease, and it may come down to turnovers. Or special teams, where I don't expect much from Detroit. Even in the Lions' blowout of the Packers on Thanksgiving, both David Akers and Sam Martin had issues.

The Lions have some winnable games left, and this is definitely winnable, but that does not mean I think Detroit will win. After this week, the Lions are going to have even more pressure on them. Final Prediction: Eagles 34, Lions 27


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