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The Detroit Lions will travel to play the Philadelphia Eagles, in what should be a compelling battle between two NFC teams. The Lions are coming off an upset victory over the Chargers, forcing Rivers into a bad interception late to seal their fate at 1-1. On the other hand, the Eagles look to bounce back after an injury riddled loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams are hungry for another win, as they both sit at 1-1, competing with two of the best teams in the league a top their respective divisions. The Lions are 6.5 point underdogs going into Philadelphia for week 3. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles Matchup page.
Date: September 22, 2019
Time: 1pm ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia Eagles: Tim Jernigan (O), Kamu Grugier-Hill (O), Jordan Mailata (O), Nate Sudfeld (O), Dallas Goedert (Q), Corey Clement (Q), DeSean Jackson (Q), Alshon Jefferey
Detroit Lions: Da’shawn Hand (O), Taylor Decker (O), Jarrad Davis (O)
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
An all around sluggish game against the Falcons was compounded with injuries to key players on the offense. Both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jefferey went out in the first half with injuries and did not come back into the game. Not many offenses can lose 2 difference makers on the perimeter and still succeed, and Philadelphia sure did not in week 2. The health of those two players will be imperative to their chances to beat Detroit. The offensive line will have to keep Wentz upright, he was consistently getting pressured all game long in Atlanta. The Falcons finished with 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 10 QB hits.
The Eagles will once again have an opportunity to establish the rushing attack against a Detroit defense that is ranked 24th against the run so far in 2019. Philly’s running back committee has not proven to work thus far in the season. The Eagles’ totaled an uninspiring 49 yards on the ground against Atlanta. The Lions have not rushed the ball with much success so far this season either, just ranking 26th in rushing yards per game. The Eagles’ Fletcher Cox and the rest of the defensive line, should have no issue containing Detroit’s rushing game. The Eagles’ should lean on star tight end Zach Ertz, if Jackson and Jefferey are indeed out. The Lions have allowed an average of 300.5 passing yards in their first 2 contests. Wentz will have to be more sharp against the Lions, after throwing 2 poor interceptions against Atlanta.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Detroit Lions Analysis
The Lions came to play against the Los Angeles Chargers at home. After collapsing against the Cardinals in week 1, the Lions stymied Rivers’ and the Los Angeles offense. Phillip Rivers was held without a touchdown, and threw the game-clinching interception late in the 4th quarter. Detroit’s quarterback Mathew Stafford wasn’t much better, throwing a pair of picks of his own, but he did string together 2 touchdown drives. The Lions’ rushing attack struggled to get going, starter Kerryon Johnson finished with just 41 yards on the day. The Eagles’ secondary will have their hands full with the likes of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. in week 3. Philadelphia allowed Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley to go for over 100 yards each and combined for 3 touchdowns in last week’s game.
The Lions’ should look to let the ball fly against the Eagles. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay is coming off a monster performance of 8 catches, 117 yards, and a touchdown. Philly is ranked 31st in passing yards allowed per game in 2019. Additionally, they were not much better at all last year, finishing the year ranked 30th against the pass. Receiver Marvin Jones should be heavily involved in the offense as well. The Lions’ defense has to hope to force Wentz into turnovers, as Detroit ranks 31st in turnovers going into week 3. Detroit ranks just 24th against the pass this season, but maybe lucked out a great deal if either or both DeSean Jackson or Alshon Jefferey cannot play.
Detroit Lions Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: It Hurts to Play against Ertz in Week 3
Zach Ertz saw 16 targets in last week’s matchup against Atlanta. The Philly tight end caught 8 of those targets for 72 yards and a 2-pt conversion. He should be a focal point with or without Jackson and Jefferey playing, but if they don’t play? Ertz should finish as the best fantasy tight end in week 3. Kenny Golladay should be a start this week as well. Philly couldn’t slow down Calvin Ridley or Julio Jones last week, and they shouldn’t be able to contain Golladay either. He is a solid WR2 option in week 3. I expect another big performance by him. I’d stay away from both team’s running backs. Neither team has found success on the ground, and I don’t think it will be discovered here. If you had to go with one, Kerryon Johnson at least has some PPR appeal, as he did catch a touchdown pass in week 2.