Experts make Eagles-Lions predictions
Calvin Johnson averages 118.1 yards per game and leads the league in receiving yards. (AP)
Here are some bullet points before the Eagles host the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field:
• Lions WR Calvin Johnson is not invincible, but he is the most difficult receiver in the league to defend. Megatron has been held to under 100 receiving yards in four games this season, but he averages 118.1 yards per game and leads the league in receiving yards.
• Hold that line: Arizona's defense sacked Nick Foles five times. The Eagles' offensive line will be put to the test again Sunday against the Lions' front. Detroit has 27 QB sacks, but they like to get pressure primarily with their front four, who have 19 sacks.
• Can't emphasize the importance of how special teams play can help decide the outcome of a game. Punter Donnie Jones was again named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Against Arizona, he planted seven of eight punts inside the 20, and the Cardinals average starting point was the 19-yard line.
• Sunday marks the return of David Akers. In 12 years with the Birds, he would become the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 1,322 points. This season with the Lions, he's hit 15 of 20 field goals.
• Reggie Bush is seventh in the league is rushing right now, and is on pace to finish with 1,162 rushing yards which would be his best rushing season in his career. But Bush is also an accomplished pass catcher, and is a difficult matchup to defend for linebackers and safeties.
• The hot hand: During the Eagles' four-game winning streak, Foles has completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 1,169 yards, 13 TDs, 0 INTs and a 144.2 passer rating.
• Can't find daylight: LeSean McCoy has been held to 80 yards or less rushing in five of the Birds' last six games. It doesn’t get any easier Sunday because Detroit is third in the league in defending the run, allowing just 82.7 yards a game.
• Detroit doesn’t blitz a lot and they don’t have to because their front four gets enough pressure, totaling 19 of the Lions' 27 QB sacks.
• Trent Cole needs one more sack to take over sole possession of second place on the Eagles' all-time sack list. He is currently tied with Clyde Simmons with 76.