3 Reasons the Eagles Will Blow Out the Lions in Week 1

Larry Rupp
Three reasons the Philadelphia Eagles will blow out the Detroit Lions in Week 1.
Three reasons the Philadelphia Eagles will blow out the Detroit Lions in Week 1. / AP Photos/Paul Sancya

The Philadelphia Eagles kick off their 2022 NFL season with a Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions. These two teams met in 2021 as Philly dominated by a score of 44-6. The Eagles were firing on all cylinders in that contest, but it remains to be seen if they'll replicate that same success on Sunday.

Philadelphia heads into this game as 3.5-point road favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds. A balanced roster full of playmakers and tough competitors is the likeliest reason why. With that in mind, let's take a look at three reasons why the Eagles will blow out the Lions in Week 1.

Eagles vs Lions Week 1

1. AJ Brown's Eagles Debut

The Eagles revamped their receiving corps by trading for Pro Bowler AJ Brown during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The move provides quarterback Jalen Hurts with a proven target capable of taking one to the house on any given snap. Keep in mind that Detroit posted the sixth-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL last season and allowed the second-most yards per completion (11.6) in the NFL. The Lions are going to have no answer for covering Brown on Sunday given the subpar coverage skills of Jeff Okudah and Amani Oruwariye. He may even post a 100-yard game for the 14th time in his career.

2. A Balanced Backfield

Brown is going to get his looks, but it's important to note that Philadelphia leaned on a strong rushing attack to get the job done against Detroit in 2021. The Eagles averaged 5.1 yards per carry against the Lions and racked up a total of 236 yards on the ground. For as much as Dan Campbell's team struggled to defend the pass last year, it was even worse from a rushing perspective. Detroit posted the second-worst rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL and now has to face a team that averaged a league-high 159.7 rushing yards per game. That's not exactly a recipe for an upset win.

3. An Improved Secondary

Not a single Lions wide receiver posted over 50 yards in Detroit's blowout loss to Philadelphia last year. That was because cornerbacks Darius Slay and Steven Nelson shut everything down on deep passing attempts. Slay is back for the 2022 season and he is now surrounded by even more playmakers. Cornerback James Bradberry signed with the Eagles after posting a ridiculous 17 pass breakups in 2021. Safety CJ Gardner-Johnson was also recently acquired to boost the safety position. The Eagles can be an elite passing defense this fall and Sunday will be their first shot to prove that. Lions quarterback Jared Goff is in for a long day.

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