We all know the Detroit Lions’ backs are up against the wall. At 1-3, their season perilously close to already being over, especially considering the Vikings are already 4-0 and the Lions have dropped two divisional games.
The Philadelphia Eagles are a surprising 3-0 after overthrowing much of their roster from the Chip Kelly era. Many still question whether the Eagles are for real, which is possibly why Philadelphia is only favored by three or four points.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What chance do you give the Detroit Lions to pull off the upset over the Eagles?
My answer: 10 percent. As I revealed in my On Paper preview, there’s no real matchup that favors the Lions over the Eagles. Philly’s defense has a good chance of neutralizing the Lions’ biggest strength: their pass offense. While Detroit’s defense hasn’t inspired once ounce of confidence all year. However, I still give the Lions a shot in this game for one reason: it’s still incredibly early in the NFL season and our perceptions of teams could still be very off. NFL teams also typically improve in some areas as the season goes on, as we saw last year when the Lions drastically improved on both sides of the ball after the bye week. I don’t expect that to happen so quickly and so dramatically this year with the Lions, but I’ll leave open that possibility.