Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions Prediction, Preview and Odds - 09/11/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, September 11, 2022
Venue:  Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Where to Watch:  Fox

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Eagles -4, Lions +4; Over/Under:  49 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Eagles -4, Lions +4; Over/Under:  48.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Eagles -4, Lions +4; Over/Under:  48.5 points
 

Season Record

Philadelphia Eagles:  0-0 (NFC East)
Detroit Lions:  0-0 (NFC North)
 
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Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions Preview and Analysis

 
The Eagles are playing their season opener here on Sunday and this will also be their first road game of the NFL season. They finished last season with a 9-8 record overall and were 6-3 in their road games. They were also 3-3 in their division games and finished 2nd place in the NFC East. They ended their season with a 31-15 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. Their offense was averaging 359.9 YPG and 26.1 PPG while their defense was allowing 328.8 YPG and 22.6 PPG against them. Jalen Hurts led the team in passing with 3,144 passing yards only playing 15 games of the season, Jalen Hurts also led the team in rushing with 784 rushing yards, and DeVonta Smith led the team in receiving with 916 receiving yards. They are looking to build off of their Wild Card appearance last season and will be taking a step up to try and win the division this year.
 
 
 
The Lions are playing their season opener here on Sunday and this will also be their first home game on the NFL schedule this season. They finished last season with a 3-13-1 record overall and were 3-5 in their home games. They were also 2-4 against division opponents and finished in 4th place in the NFC North. They ended their season with a 37-30 win against the Green Bay Packers but did not make it to the playoffs. Their offense was averaging 322.6 YPG and 19.1 PPG while their defense was allowing 379.8 YPG and 27.5 PPG against them. Jared Goff led the team in passing with 3,245 passing yards only playing 14 games of the season, D'Andre Swift led the team in rushing with 617 rushing yards, and Amon-Ra St. Brown led the team in receiving with 912 receiving yards. They are in the middle of a rebuild and will be looking to take major steps to improve this season from what they did last year.
 

 

Eagles vs Lions Prediction

The current betting odds have the Eagles listed as a 4 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Eagles just had a great season where they made in to the Wild Card Round but they will be looking to build on that season with an even better one this year. Jalen Hurts was very good last year but he has been improving even more in the offseason and the team has helped him out by going out to get WR A.J. Brown from the Titans as well, who is a very good and talented WR that will give Hurts more options when throwing the ball. They also have a very good run game as Hurts is a dual-threat but they also have a backfield by committee with a few solid RBs in there. The Lions had a terrible season last year but they were also putting it all together still with a brand new head coach and a new QB in Jared Goff as well. The Lions should be a lot better this season in the 2nd year with everyone playing together in the system but Goff did not look great in a lot of games last year and they still may not be ready for the 1st game of the season. The Eagles are a much better team all around and they will be competing with the Cowboys all season for the division so they need to get off to a hot start. The Lions front office knows that this is still not a playoff ready team and this year will likely still be a rebuilding year for them as they try to put everything they have been doing together now. The best way to place a bet here is on the Eagles to cover the spread here.
 
Eagles Lions Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, September 11, 2022 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Eagles 28 Lions 14.
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NFL Betting Trends

 
Philadelphia Eagles: 2-7 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 7-11 ATS in road games. 21-17 OVER as a road favorite of 3.5 to 7 points.
Detroit Lions: 26-19 ATS as a home underdog of 3.5 to 7 points. 14-9 ATS in games played on turf. 7-2 OVER as a home underdog of 7 points or less. 10-6 OVER in home games.
 

Key Injuries

 
Philadelphia Eagles:  G. Ward (WR) I-R - Toe. T. Jackson (TE) Out indefinitely - Knee. B. Toth (T) Out indefinitely - Knee.
Detroit Lions:  R. Okwara (LB) Out indefinitely - Achilles. J. Cabinda (FB) Out indefinitely - Ankle. J. Williams (WR) Out indefinitely - Knee.
 

Notable Quotes

 
“A lot of different things. I think he’s seeing the field really well. I think he’s building that memory bank of plays versus different coverages, and knowing where to go with the football from there. So, I just think his decision making process is just continuing to get better — which is common among quarterbacks that are on it, and that are getting better. So, I just think his decision making is happening fast, it’s happening quickly, and he just keeps getting better at that.” - Nick Sirianni on Jalen Hurts improving this year.
 
 
“I feel like he has been trending in the right direction now for two weeks. So, I would say he finished up strong and he’s going in the right direction.” - Dan Campbell on Jeff Okudah winning the starting job.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Philadelphia Eagles
WR Brown, A.J.
WR Smith, DeVonta
WR Watkins, Quez 
TE Goedert, Dallas
QB Hurts, Jalen
RB Sanders, Miles 
 
Detroit Lions
WR Chark, DJ 
WR Reynolds, Josh
WR St. Brown, Amon-Ra 
TE Hockenson, T.J.
QB Goff, Jared
RB Swift, D'Andre 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Philadelphia Eagles
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Detroit Lions
Passing: N/A
Rushing: N/A
Receiving: N/A
Touchdowns: N/A
 
Coaches:
Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Sirianni (2nd season)
Detroit Lions: Dan Campbell (2nd season)


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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