Found October 13, 2012 on CJ Sports NASCAR Talk:
Prediction And Preview: Lions (1-3) @ Eagles (3-2) Sitting at the bottom of the NFC North, the Detroit Lions know they need to come out of their bye week with a much-improved effort going forward. While the Philadelphia Eagles share the NFC East lead, Michael Vick knows he must get better at holding on to the football. The visiting Lions try to avoid a fourth consecutive loss Sunday and beat the Eagles for the first time in a quarter-century. After going 10-6 and snapping an 11-year postseason drought in 2011, Detroit was widely expected to take a big step forward this year. That, however, has yet to happen, with the Lions dropping three in a row since a season-opening 27-23 win over St. Louis. The Lions saw their woes continue in a 20-13 home loss to Minnesota on Sept. 30, allowing touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns for the second consecutive game. Matthew Stafford, though, is hoping a week off makes all the difference. Stafford has been limited to three touchdown passes - he had 41 last season - and his four interceptions equal his total through eight games in 2011. He has yet to find Calvin Johnson in the end zone, though the star wideout ranks second in the league with 105.8 receiving yards per game. The Eagles also are in search of better play from their quarterback. Vick’s eight fumbles are three more than any other player and his five lost fumbles also lead the league. He put the ball on the ground three times last Sunday in a last-second 16-14 defeat at Pittsburgh, and lost one fumble at the Steelers’ 1. While Vick threw six interceptions in his first two games, he hasn’t been picked off in his last three - a trend coach Andy Reid hopes to see with his fumbles. Vick could be in for another long day against a Detroit defense that has nine sacks and has allowed five passing TDs. The Lions are surrendering an average of 213.0 yards through the air to rank 10th in the league. Besides defensive end Cliff Avril (back) possibly returning, Detroit could receive a boost from safety Louis Delmas, who has a chance to make his season debut Sunday following left knee surgery. The Lions could surely use Delmas as they try to snap a six-game losing streak to the Eagles, including playoffs, dating to a win in Philadelphia on Nov. 16, 1986. Philadelphia took the most recent matchup 35-32 at Detroit on Sept. 19, 2010, behind 120 rushing yards and a career best-tying three touchdowns from LeSean McCoy. Vick threw for 284 yards and two TDs but fumbled twice. The Eagles, 3-0 when McCoy rushes for at least 80 yards, are looking to open 3-0 at home for the first time since 2005. Detroit has lost six of seven on the road, including a playoff loss, while allowing averages of 36.6 points and 441.9 yards. PREDICTION: The Lions are playing bad and inconsistent on both sides of the ball. They are coming off a bye and are hoping to recapture that winning attitude that they displayed last season. On defense the issues are bad for the Lions. If their defensive line were playing up to their expectations, I would have considered picking Detroit to force Michael Vick into a bunch of turnovers and win this game. But I don’t see them getting enough pressure on Vick to force him into “that many” mistakes. Eagles’ fly high in this one. EAGLES 26 LIONS 17 Read More Here!

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