October 13, 2012

Detroit Lions vs Philadelphia Eagles Pick

NFL Picks

Preview


Detroit Lions
vs.
Philadelphia Eagles

Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 14 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Television: FOX

NFL Odds from BetOnline

Point Spread: Eagles -4

Total: 47.5

BetOnline

 

NFL Betting Game Trends

Detroit Lions

  • Detroit is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games
  • Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • Detroit is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Detroit’s last 12 games on the road

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Philadelphia is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games
  • Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
  • Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit

 

NFL Pick – Week 6

The Detroit Lions have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL so far this year. Philadelphia is off to a better start than last year, but the Eagles still have a lot of room for improvement. Big things are expected from both of these teams. The Eagles look to bounce back from a rough loss at Pittsburgh last week, while the Lions had a bye week last weekend. Let’s take a closer look at this one.

Game Overview:

Detroit is coming off losses to the Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions were a team that made the playoffs last year, but they are off to a slow 1-3 start this season. Dropping to 1-4 makes getting to the playoffs a very tough job, so Detroit really needs to win this game. Matt Stafford is completing 66% of his passes, and he has racked up 1,182 yards through the air in just four games. The problem is Stafford has thrown four interceptions and only three touchdowns. Mikel LeShoure is a talented young back, but he has had trouble getting going in the backfield. Calvin Johnson is putting up huge numbers again this year. The Lions are third in the NFL in total offense, but they have to start converting in the red zone.

The Lions defense is ninth in the league in total defense, but they are allowing 28.5 points per game. They have the complete opposite problem of the Lions offense. Opponents are scoring touchdowns far too often. This defense has to find a way to force some turnovers or hold opponents to field goal attempts. Through four games, the Lions are the only team in the NFL without an interception.

Philadelphia’s turnover problems this season have been well-documented. It starts with Michael Vick. Vick has thrown six interceptions and lost five fumbles in the team’s first five games. This isn’t a formula for success in the long run. Vick is no longer the runner he used to be, and he is essentially a drop back passer at this point in his career. LeSean McCoy is one of the better running backs in the league. McCoy is averaging 4.5 yards per carry this year, and he is a good weapon catching the ball out of the backfield as well. Philadelphia is 11th in the NFL in total offense, but they are second-to-last in points per game at just 16 per contest.

The Eagles defense underperformed a year ago, but they have been better so far this season. With Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the Eagles have two very good cornerbacks to help out the secondary. The defensive line has a beast in the middle in Cullen Jenkins, and Jason Babin and Trent Cole are both very good pass rushers on the outside. The Eagles are giving up just 19.8 points per game so far this season.

Prediction:

Both of these offenses are better than they have shown so far this year. Look for both quarterbacks to put up some good numbers in this one. Expect a high scoring contest here.

Eagles 28 Lions 24

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