The next opponent is the Eagles at home. Come Sunday, the Lions will not only be confident because of how well they played on the road, but extremely angry for that game being stole right from under their noses. Had they won, maybe they wouldn't have that fire in their belly that they need to get them past a team like the Eagles. Factor in that they are at home, and I think the Lions go into Minnesota 1-1. The Eagles are a good team, no doubt, but the Lions defensive line will make Mike Vick run all over the place. We have historically played Vick very well in the past, beating him both at home and on the road. I think the Lions have a great chance to beat the Eagles not just because of the defensive line, but because the secondary is actually better than advertised. The safetys hit hard, the cornerbacks have enough speed to play man to man without getting burnt too bad, and they even had a pick in that first game. I was very impressed with the defense despite the numbers they gave up, which any defense would with that many snaps being played.
The Lions and seemingly everybody else, including the Bears , knew that was a catch. Nobody's disputing that. The rulebook is the only thing that stopped that from being a catch. I think that happening will give the Lions something that they may of not had in awhile, confidence in knowing they can win on the road and the anger of it being taken away.
Calvin Johnson will be angry and want revenge on a secondary. I can see him, even with Shaun Hill as QB, having a career game next week against the Eagles. He can out jump any defensive back and I believe once Jahvid Best get's going, Calvin will emerge as that elite receiver that we know he can be. The confidence will be there for the Lions because they know they won, but the fire and intensity will also be there and that might be the main reason they beat the Eagles.
Good job Lions, you played well. Take that anger into Sunday's game and you should win at home.