Dec 072013
 

Detroit Lions (7-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-5)

Earlier this year, the Lions won a game despite losing the turnover battle by 4, something that had only happened 19 times prior since 1989. In that game, accumulating 623 yards of offense, as opposed to 268 for the Cowboys, only the 24th time since 1989 that a team won the yardage battle by that much. They again won the yardage battle by that much last week, outgaining the Packers 561 to 126, the 4th time a team had won the yardage battle by that much since 1989. They also won by 30, despite losing the turnover battle, the 15th time a team had done that since 1989. The Lions are now moving the chains at a 78% rate, as opposed to 73% for their opponents, a differential that is 5th in the NFL. They need to avoid turnovers, but that type of thing can be very inconsistent.

The Eagles, meanwhile, are 19th in the NFL in rate of moving the chains differential, moving them at a 75% rate, as opposed to 76% for their opponents. Obviously, they’re better than that now that Nick Foles is under center. Foles is completing 63.3% of his passes for an average of 9.14 YPA, 19 touchdowns, and no interceptions on the season. They are 6-1 when he leads the team in passing attempts and 1-4 when he doesn’t.

However, they still have defensive problems and Foles has yet to beat a team as talented as Detroit. It’s also worth noting that the Eagles are 7-24 ATS at home since 2010 (11-20 straight up). They’ve only had Foles for 3 of those games, but he’s 1-1-1 ATS. The Eagles are also in a bad spot at home off of back to back home wins. Teams are 32-55 ATS in that spot since 1989. The Lions should be the right side, but I am nervous about going against Foles again. I definitely wish I was getting field goal protection as well.

Detroit Lions 27 Philadelphia Eagles 23 Upset Pick +120

Pick against spread: Detroit +2.5

Confidence: Low

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