It has been a rough season for the Philadelphia Eagles (2-5 SU, 3-4 ATS) and Detroit Lions (0-7 SU, 4-3 ATS), but when two struggling teams meet, one thing is certain — one of them will win. The hard part is in figuring out who. The Eagles are favored but playing another struggling team might be the break the Lions have been looking for.
Here are the Detroit Lions Week 8 betting odds:
|Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions, Sunday, 10/31 @ 1:00 PM ET||Best Eagles Odds||Best Lions Odds|
|Caesars||-3.5 (-105)||Spread||+3.5 (-108)||PointsBet|
|BetRivers||Under 48.0 (-109)||Total||Over 48.0 (-110)||BetMGM|
The Philadelphia defense must take care of business against a lackluster Detroit offense, and it has struggled all season. Teams have passed on the Eagles with ease. Four of the last five quarterbacks they faced completed at least 80 percent of their passes. Last week, the Raiders’ Derek Carr set a single-game career-best against the Eagles when he completed 91.2 percent (31 for 34) of his passes.
Lions QB Jared Goff is not as talented as Carr, nor does he have similar talent at his disposal, but the Lions do have athletes that can exploit a soft defense.
Offensively, things took a turn for the worse for Philadelphia against the Raiders when an injury forced RB Miles Sanders from the game. Sanders is not expected to play this week so the Eagles will look to Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell to pick up the slack. When it comes down to it, though, if QB Jalen Hurts completes even barely 50 percent of his passes, the offense is in trouble.
Philadelphia should win, but if the Eagles take Detroit for granted they risk suffering an embarrassing loss.
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The Lions have had moments in which they played well, but they can’t seem to do so for an entire game. Or, like last week against the Los Angeles Rams, they make mistakes down the stretch that sabotage any chance to win. All in all, they are not as bad as their record makes them appear to be.
Goff is a capable quarterback, and he does have some talent to work with players like RB D’Andre Swift, RB Jamaal Williams, and TE T.J. Hockenson. WR Kalif Raymond made some plays last week with six receptions for 115 yards. While the offensive line has had to deal with some injuries, OT Penee Sewell is starting to play as a first-round pick should.
Swift could be the difference-maker against the Eagles. Philadelphia has struggled against dual-threat running backs this season. While Swift has not been productive as a runner (262 yards on 78 carries), he leads the league in receptions by a running back and is on pace for 102 receptions and 950 receiving yards.
The key for the Lions will be to play a complete game — something they have yet to do this season. They need to find success on both sides of the ball early and not get derailed, especially in the second half. Philadelphia is good at making second-half adjustments and getting back in the game. Detroit cannot let that happen or it needs to build a big enough lead that it does not matter.
If you are ever going to bet on the Detroit Lions to win, this might be the game to do so. Like the Lions, Philadelphia is struggling to get on track. Should Goff get the offense on track early, which is possible against a lackluster Eagles defense, the Lions could build a lead and then hold on for a win in the second half.
But can you bring yourself to bet on the 0-7 Lions?
Unfortunately, the Eagles are not a stellar team either, making it hard to say who will win this game. Neither team is an offensive machine. While neither has a strong defense, it may be a little presumptuous to think either team will be more productive than usual on offense, which makes it likely that the final score will go under the total.