Week 8 preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions

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The winless Detroit Lions will once again look for their first victory as they welcome the Philadelphia Eagles to Ford Field on Sunday. Sunday will mark the first time the teams have played against one another since 2019. With both teams looking completely different than they did in 2019, let’s take a closer look at the Eagles of 2021.

Here’s a preview for the Detroit Lions matchup at home with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Eagles Offense could be a challenge for the battered Detroit Lions defense.

Philadelphia is 2-5 on the year, looking to stop their two-game skid. The offense is led by second-year QB Jalen Hurts. The “sophomore” quarterback and now-starter, has passed for 1,716 yards, ten touchdowns, and only four interceptions on the season. Hurts ranks 17th in the league in passing yards coming into this week’s matchup with the Lions.

Hurts also leads the Eagles in rushing yards—this season with 361. Eagles running back Miles Sanders has just 300 yds. on the year. The Lions’ defense so far this season has given up on average 120 rushing yds. a game.

Something will have to give when these two teams hit the field on Sunday.

Eagles Defense brings an old friend back to town in Darius Slay.

The Lions will see another former teammate on the Eagles defense when Darius Slay hits the field. This will be the first time Slay has returned to Ford Field since he was traded to Philadelphia.  “Big Play” Slay has had an outstanding season, but the Eagles’ defense as a whole hasn’t been on top of their game.

The Eagles rank 17th overall in total defense, giving up around 306 yds per game. With the Lions offense being a little slow due to a lack of a receiving core, they will have to get creative in trying to put up points. However, after what fans got to see last week, creativity should not be an issue.

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The Lions will have a fair chance at securing their first victory of the season on Sunday. With each week growing wearier and wearier, the fear of an 0-17 season has started setting in for some fans. Detroit has the ninth toughest schedule left in the league.

A win is hard to come by no matter who the opposing team is in this league. However, this team has continued to fight week in and week out. These Lions are due for a victory.