Eagles vs Lions Game Preview and NFL Lines

Posted by Aaron . on November 25, 2015 in

One of the games in this year’s Thanksgiving triple head feast features the Philadelphia Eagles heading west to take on the Detroit Lions. The Lions are favored by the razor-thin margin of 1 points, and the “over-under” total is 46 points. Let’s take a look at both teams and the current NFL lines heading to this matchup.

Philadelphia vs Detroit Preview and Betting Lines

Date/Time: Thursday. November 26th, 12:30 PM
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Game Odds: Lions -1
TV Broadcast: FOX
Online streamingNFL Game Pass

The Eagles (4-6) are coming off a home rout at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since they beat Dallas in overtime, the Eagles have lost two in a row. The Lions have two consecutive wins for the first time in the 2015 season.

Philadelphia went up 7-0 early against Tampa Bay last week – but then the whole game fell apart. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston threw five touchdown passes, tying a record for a rookie, as Tampa Bay rolled, 45-17. Buccaneers running back Doug Martin ran for an eye-popping 235 yards, including carries of 58 and 84 yards. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, playing for Sam Bradford (who was out with a concussion) went 26 for 41 for 261 yards. He did throw two touchdown passes, but he also threw three picks – including a pick-six. Just about the only good news for the Eagles in this game was the return of left tackle Jason Peters, who had missed two consecutive games with a pinched nerve. The Eagles are also permitting a ton of passing (245.9 yards per game). The defense needs fixing, as even though Bradford is set to return, they have to get stops if they want to win.

Philadelphia Eagles NFL Odds

The Lions overcame a strong Oakland team last week, winning 18-13. It’s only been two weeks since the Lions’ defense was shredded for 45 points by the Kansas City Chiefs in London. Since then, the Lions have denied the Raiders and the Packers – two other solid offensive teams. Darius Slay has emerged as a shutdown corner, as he kept Amari Cooper of the Raiders to only one reception last week. Quarterback Matthew Stafford had the pressure taken off him by a decent running game, which picked up 89 yards. Stafford had 282 passing yards and – most critically – had no turnovers. This year, he has thrown 12 interceptions against 15 touchdowns, but he has been managing the ball much more effectively the last few weeks. Theo Riddick hauled in five catches for 72 yards, giving him 50 receptions on the season. He is only nine behind team leader Calvin Johnson, who has 59 catches for 828 yards, and only two behind Golden Tate, who has 52 catches for 502 receiving yards.

Betting Trends

Philadelphia Eagles

Betting Prediction: Given the trends of the past couple of weeks, the Lions look ready to defend their home field vigorously on Thanksgiving. Their running game is sputtering back to life, and their defense has been solid. The Eagles still are contenders in the awful NFC East, but their play has worsened with each week. The secondary is porous, and Sanchez is not playing that well in relief of Bradford. Even if Bradford plays, he can’t help out the defense. I’m picking the Lions to win this one.