Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Week 8 Predictions

by | Oct 28, 2021 | nfl

Philadelphia Eagles (2-5 SU, 3-4 ATS) vs. Detroit Lions (0-7 SU, 4-3 ATS)

NFL Football Week 8

Date/Time: Sunday October 31st, 2021. 1:00PM (EST)

Where: Ford Field Detroit, MI

TV: FOX

Betting Odds:

Point Spread:PHI -2.5/DET +2.5 (BetNow - Double your bankroll with a 100% real cash bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000!)

Total: 48

The winless Detroit Lions will have one of their best chances to end their winless drought on Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field. Despite being the only winless team in the NFL, the Lions have displayed valiant efforts in recent weeks with close games against both the Vikings and Rams. When the Lions host the 2-5 (SU) Eagles on Sunday, they will be just 2.5 point underdogs, which is the narrowest betting line the Lions have faced since week three against the Colts. As a result, it raises just one question, can we really trust our money on a winless football team?

Despite the Lions winless record, they are 4-3 against the spread, which is a one-game better mark than the Eagles have on the season. Personally, I think the betting line is listed fairly appropriately. At 2-5 SU, the Eagles have shown flashes of potential with QB Jalen Hurts. The problem for the Eagles has revolved around consistency, where the offenses often go through stretches of dormancy. Similarly, the Lions’ offense has also been very inconsistent behind the play of QB Jared Goff. The former Rams’ quarterback has struggled during his 1st year in Detroit, hitting 66% passing for just 1,773 yards with eight touchdowns and six picks through the first seven games of the year. Therefore, it’s hard to trust the Lions or Eagles’ offenses despite the opportunistic match-ups this week.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Betting Trends

  • The Eagles are 2-4 ATS in the last six games
  • The Eagles are 1-5 SU in the last six games
  • The Eagles are 1-5 ATS in the last six games against Detroit
  • The Eagles are 1-4 SU in the previous five games against Detroit
  • The Lions are 0-10 SU in the last ten games
  • The Lions are 0-7 SU in the last seven games at home
  • The Lions have hit the “over” in each of the last seven games against the Eagles
  • The Lions have hit the “under” in each of the previous five games

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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Betting Analysis

The similarity the Eagles and Lions have shared this season also surrounds the inferior play of both defenses. The Eagles have allowed 360 yards per game which is basically the league average but have given up more than 28 points in four of the last five games. From a match-up standpoint, Philadelphia is most vulnerable against the run, but the Lions are among the worst rushing teams in the NFL, averaging less than 100 yards per game as a team. Therefore, Lions QB Jared Goff will likely have to take his chances against the Eagles secondary with limited options in the receiving corps.

Running back D’Andre Smith and TE TJ Hockenson lead the Lions in receiving with just 750 combined receiving yards. Throughout the season, the Lions have obviously lacked a go-to guy in the receiving game, and there has not been a consistent game plan where the Lions put a focal point towards anyone in their offense. If the Eagles’ defense can avoid any severe setbacks, this is a conquerable match-up against a Detroit passing attack that cannot stretch the field. Eagles’ Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon has used the 3-4 defense frequently this year, and I think that will pay dividends against the Lions’ passing attack that focuses on short-range passing to the tailbacks and tight ends.

While I would not be comfortable in laying money with QB Jalen Hurts on a weekly basis, Hurts has potential. In last week’s 33-22 loss to the Raiders, Hurts tossed two touchdowns while passing for 236 yards and added another 60 yards on the ground as the team’s leading rusher. The problem is that Hurts was just 18 of 34 passing which led to an up and down performance. Despite the mistakes and missed throws in the passing game, Hurts has still accounted for 12 touchdowns in the last five games. The dual-threat quarterback should benefit from a lackluster Detroit pass-rush this week, and that seems to make the biggest difference in this Eagles’ offense. When Hurts does not have to rush, the Eagles have been solid, and I believe that will be the difference this week for Philadelphia to make things happen on the offensive side of the football.

Jay’s Pick: The Lions are going to win this season, but I don’t think it will be on Sunday. The match-ups favor Philadelphia in a bigger way than the public perception of these two teams. Take the Eagles -2.5 with confidence! Bet your Week Eight NFL picks for FREE by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000 at MyBookie Sportsbook! (Must use promo code PREDICT100 when registering).

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