Eagles Wentz on bye but are back to visit Detroit Lions

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Carson Wentz against Detoit Lions

The Philadelphia Eagles went on a well-deserved bye week after starting the season 3-0. The Detroit Lions have done sort of the opposite, going 0-3 following a surprise win over the Colts (which becomes less and less of a surprise the more we watch the Colts). Accordingly, the online football betting odds favor the Eagles this Sunday, October 9th at Ford Field. Speaking of which, the online NFL betting odds are:

Eagles -3 (EV) 46 (-110)
Lions +3 (-120) 46 (-110)

Before they went on a bye, the Philadelphia Eagles took care of handing the Pittsburgh Steelers their first loss of the season. Philly had already beat the Browns and the Bears – who should really merge and become the Brown Bears; that might give them a fighting chance – so the Steelers were their first true test, and they passed it with flying colors. Rookie sensation Carson Wentz finished 32 of 31 for 302 yards and TD passes to running back Darren Sproles – who had six receptions for 128 yards – and wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Pittsburgh was 19-2 against rookie QBs since 2004, but Wentz is not your run-of-the-mill rookie; in fact, he is the first rookie in league history to throw 100 pass attempts without an interception. The Eagles won 34-3.

The Detroit Lions again failed to kick start their short-handed run game, and QB Matthew Stafford would have better luck finding needles in haystacks than an open receiver against the Chicago Bears. Stafford threw 23 of 36 for 213 passing yards and was intercepted twice deep in Bears country; first by Jacoby Glenn at the end of the first half, and later by Deiondre Hall with four minutes to go in regulation. Detroit wide receiver Andre Roberts returned a punt 85 yards for a TD, and Golden Tate caught a 2-point conversion pass from Stafford to put the final 14-17 on the scoreboard.

Most online football betting fans seem to agree that the Detroit Lions are in must-win mode; another loss and head coach Jim Caldwell could be given his walking papers. However, Detroit could be DOA before they even know what hit them. The Eagles have scored on their first drive in three consecutive games – which should be another source of concern for the Lions’ defense. On offense, Detroit needs to score more and avoid interceptions if they want to actually win and not just lose by as little of a margin as possible.

Even if it is make or break for the Lions, it will be quite a feat to bring the Eagles down from the heights that they are currently soaring. Philadelphia has the opportunity to go 4-0 for the first time since 2004. Moreover, even though Philly has won six of their last eight encounters with Detroit, their most recent encounter has been 14-45 rout at Ford Field on Thanksgiving 2015. Therefore, the Eagles not only have the online football betting odds going for them, but also have the motivation to march into the Lions’ den and do a little eye for an eye.