The playoff-hopeful Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) welcome the Detroit Lions (7-5) for a 2012 rematch.
Last season, the Lions came back from a 10-point defecit to eventually win in overtime, 26-23. Former-kicker Jason Hanson hit four field goals, including a 45-yard game winner.
This Eagles team has won five of their last six games, all with Nick Foles under center. Michael Vick started against Detroit in their last meeting throwing for 311 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Foles, on the other hand, does not throw interceptions. Ever.
The second-year, 6-foot-6 quarterback has 19 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions after Vick went down with an injury. The Arizona product is one touchdown shy of tying Peyton Manning’s record of having the most scores before throwing an interception in a season.
The Lions may just be the team to end Foles’ streak. Pressure creates turnovers, and they have 11 sacks in their last two games. Linebacker DeAndre Levy is tied with Joe Schmidt for an NFL season-record six interceptions.
For as well as Foles throws it, the Eagles rank even better rushing the ball. Running back LeSean McCoy is second in the NFL with 1,088 rushing yards in 2013. McCoy matches up against the number three rushing defense, allowing only 82.7 rushing yards per game. The Lions have not given up a 100-yard rushing game to anyone all year.
Time of possession will be key in a game where each defense could get exhausted in this expected shootout. Detroit ran for a season-best 241 yards last week.
The Eagles defense has no real strength. They are dead-last in passing yards allowed and 19th in rushing yards allowed.
Health-wise both teams teams are about as clean as a whistle for this late in the year , but Lions cornerback Darius Slay will be, sorely, missed.
The second round rookie is likely out this week with a torn meniscus, but cornerback Chris Houston should be back from a foot injury that kept him out Thanksgiving. Slay is coming off, arguably, his best game of the season, while Chris Houston has been getting torched by anyone he faces lately.
Foles and Stafford will exchange blows until the end. This game will come down to whoever’s defense can step up and make a play. I like the Lions defensive line to make that play.
Lions win 31-28