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Eagles at Lions Picks, Predictions & Betting Preview NFL Week 8

Eagles at Lions Picks, Predictions & Betting Preview NFL Week 8

Buried in the early action is the Eagles-Lions game tucked away in Detroit. It may be the best thing for an Eagles team riddled with disappointment, from Jalen Hurts through their defense, and adding the absence of injured RB Miles Sanders.

The bar isn’t high for the Lions, but they've still found a way to be winless at this point. Jared Goff may be without D’Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson, both questionable with injury. Looking at shorter NFL spreads like this one, we use injury as a major factor in NFL betting – especially at this point in the season.

The Eagles come off a blowout loss to the Raiders but still find themselves a short 3.5-point road favorite. Philadelphia is still getting the benefit from sportsbooks that no matter how bad last week looked, it’s still the Lions. Detroit may be without a win, but they are 4-3 ATS this year, something to factor in when getting the hook at home.

The Eagles are a short 3.5-point road favorite against the Lions. The Eagles are -160 on the ML and the Lions are +160. The total for this game sits at 48 points.

Check out the latest Lions vs. Eagles odds ahead of the matchup in Week 8.

Eagles vs. Lions Key Matchups

Eagles WRs vs. Lions DBs: Detroit is awful against the pass, yet the Eagles are averaging just over 245 passing yards per game. This would be a perfect time for the Eagles to jumpstart the passing game.

Lions Pass vs. Eagles Pass D: The two respective strengths of each team, Detroit is 16th in the league in passing offense, while the Eagles are 10th in the NFL in pass defense.

Philadelphia Game Plan vs. Detroit Game Plan: The Eagles have been down throughout this season and found ways to claw back to make it respectable. The Lions blow leads like they plan for it. Something has to give.


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Eagles vs. Lions Key Stats

133: The Eagles are 29th in the NFL in defending the run, giving up 133 YPG. This should be a factor in making NFL picks as bad run defenses translate to a faster game clock.

361: Jalen Hurts leads the team in rushing yards with 361. Lead RB Miles Sanders is not expected to play through an ankle injury.

8:6: The TD:INT ratio for Jared Goff this year. Not great, as expected for a winless team through seven games.

53: T.J. Hockenson leads the Lions with 53 targets, Swift is second at 52. Both players are dealing with injuries and are questionable.

7: Only two players in the NFL have more carries inside the 5 yard-line than Jalen Hurts with 7, both are running backs.


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Eagles vs. Lions Player Props

Jalen Hurts Under 1.5 TDs

Odds: +120 at DraftKings

In four games this year Hurts has thrown for at least two TDs, but in the other three games he’s thrown no more than one. Boom or bust with Hurts.

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Jared Goff Over 4.5 Rush Yds

Odds: -115 at DraftKings

These numbers are usually small for QBs that don’t normally run. Chances are the Lions won’t be kneeling out the clock, and you only need one scramble for this to hit.

Jared Goff Under 270.5 Pass Yds

Odds: -115 at DraftKings

A good amount of Goff’s production comes when the games are out of hand, neither team is good enough for this game to get out of hand.


Eagles vs. Lions Moneyline

Based on how the betting sites are viewing this game, there’s as good a chance as any for the Lions to win their first game. There’s still value north of +150 for a Detroit team good enough to establish leads – albeit blown leads – in the first place.

It’s still a risk laying the hook on the road for Philadelphia mainly because most of their numbers are a result of playing from behind. The Eagles have dropped four straight against teams with losing records, so take the Lions on the ML. You can get the Lions +160 at DraftKings.

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Eagles vs. Lions Point Spread

The line moved a half-point since it opened at 3, but hasn’t moved since. The Eagles are in a brutal spot with the hook here, as they haven’t established any offensive identity against bad teams. Detroit may be bad, but they’ve fought in games.

Unlike most opponents of the Eagles this year, Detroit won’t be playing with a large lead and softening up their defense. It won’t be easy, but the points and the hook are the way here. Take the Lions +3.5 (-110) at FanDuel.

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Eagles vs. Lions Total

The Lions have played to the under in five straight games, which is key because they’ve blown more leads than held this year. The Eagles have been playing from behind, but their defense still gives up points in the process.

The combined O/U for both teams is 5-9, where even the Eagles are 4-3 to the under. The best scenario to bet is that both teams will have more success running the ball than throwing, which keeps the clock moving and less points on the board. Take Under 48 (-110) at BetMGM.

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About the Author

Eytan Shander for Bookies.com
Eytan Shander
Eytan Shander writes about the NFL, NBA and more for Bookies.com. A 15-year radio veteran, he has worked nationally for Mad Dog Radio & NBC Sports Radio.