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Oct 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions head to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in a matchup of first place teams. Philadelphia has won their last four and shares the lead of the NFC East at 7-5 with the Dallas Cowboys. Meanwhile, Detroit has regained the lead in the NFC North at 7-5, holding a game lead over the Chicago Bears. How do the Lions and Eagles stack up?

(All stats obtained from ESPN unless otherwise noted.)

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  • Don Cantwell

    Don’t agree with the prediction. Philly will not score over 21 points so win goes to Detroit. Philly’s running game will be shut down and their qb will get to much pressure. An interception by Detroit is asking too much. Good article other than I thought you were a quest from Philly.

  • straw walker

    Philly was successful at throwing to their 2 TE’s I’m guessing they will do the same against Detroit. The Eagles front 4 was a problem for the Cards, but the Lions Offensive Line is better than the Cards,which will allow a Lions rushing game. The biggest problem for the Lions is stopping the run, and if they can do that, Foles will have no play action, and be forced to throw the ball, which allow the Lions to pass rush, and hopefully get a sack.

  • Deathstalker74

    This game could go either way. Both teams have mismatches. Eagles running game is stellar but Detroit’s run defense is excellent too. Last week, the Cards held McCoy in check but Foles then took to the air and hit the TE’s. Last week, our receivers didn’t get much action but the Cards have better CB’s than Detroit so this could play to our advantage. On the flip side, your guys have CJ, who is a complete beast. Eagles’ CB’s did a nice job on Fitzgerald and this may go a long way towards preparing us for CJ, but CJ is obviously the more talented of the two. I don’t like the fact that our better safety, Wolff is still out and replaced by Chung, who has a propensity for taking out his own players. The way I see things, IF Jackson has a big game and negates CJ’s impact on your end, Eagles may have a slight advantage – especially playing at home. What still needs to be seen is how Foles handles adverse weather conditions because though we’re not a dome team, Chip will go to the air if our running game is shut down and if the wind presents issues for Foles, we could be in for a long afternoon.