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Week 3



Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles
Game Preview & Fantasy | Results & Schedule | Offense Stats | Defense Stats | Weather | History

Game Preview
Mike Krueger

Predicted Score: Lions 24, Eagles 17

Detroit: The Lions are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 1980! Their chances will increase if QB Jon Kitna can stay on the field. He left the game last week in the first half with a concussion only to return later in the game helping Detroit to a 20-17 OT victory against the Vikes. The Lions continue to spread the field with their four-WR set making Williams, Furrey, Johnson, and McDonald all viable plays from week to week. Detroit leads the league with 682 passing yards while ranks 26th in rushing. Tatum Bell will have some company this week as Kevin Jones looks to return from his Lis Franc injury. Expect him to be limited if he plays at all.

  • Start: QB Jon Kitna, WR Roy Williams, WR Mike Furrey, WR Shaun McDonald
  • Consider: WR Calvin Johnson, RB Tatum Bell, Lions D/ST
  • Sit: TE Dan Campbell

Philadelphia: I'm not breaking any news here, but Donovan McNabb is not healthy. He's having problems eluding the rush and his lack of mobility is affecting what made him a great fantasy QB his ability to run and keep drives alive with his feet. The Eagles can only burden Brian Westbrook so much, who by the way is getting his knee looked at as we speak. Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown are not creating separation from their defenders and L.J. Smith is struggling with a groin injury. The result? An 0-2 beginning with the good chance of being 0-3 by 4:00 PM EST on Sunday.

  • Start: RB Brian Westbrook, K David Akers
  • Consider: QB Donovan McNabb, WR Reggie Brown, WR Kevin Curtis, TE L.J. Smith (inj)
  • Sit: TE Matt Schobel, Eagles D/ST




Krueger's Rankings/Projections 
Detroit Lions
Rank Player Projections
QB 4 Jon Kitna Pass: 285, 2 Rush: 0, 0
RB 28 Tatum Bell Rush: 55, 0 Rec: 4-25, 0
RB 54 Kevin Jones Questionable: Foot Rush: 5, 0 Rec: 0-0, 0
WR 15 Roy Williams Rec: 5-75, 0
WR 31 Shaun McDonald Rec: 5-65, 1
WR 34 Mike Furrey Rec: 4-60, 1
WR 41 Calvin Johnson Rec: 3-40, 0
TE 29 Dan Campbell Out: Elbow Rec: 2-15, 0
 
Philadelphia Eagles
Rank Player Projections
QB 16 Donovan McNabb Pass: 225, 1 Rush: 5, 0
RB 11 Brian Westbrook Questionable: Knee Rush: 75, 1 Rec: 3-30, 0
RB 46 Correll Buckhalter Rush: 20, 0 Rec: 1-10, 0
WR 33 Reggie Brown Rec: 6-70, 1
WR 42 Kevin Curtis Probable: Quadriceps Rec: 4-55, 0
WR 77 Jason Avant Rec: 3-30, 0
TE 31 Matt Schobel Upside: Will start in place of L.J. Smith who had surgery on his groin Thursday. Rec: 1-15, 0

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Past Results and Remaining Schedule
Detroit Lions
Week Date Opp H/A Score Dif
1 2007-09-09 OAK A W 36-21 +15
2 2007-09-16 MIN H W 20-17 +3
3 2007-09-23 PHI A L 21-56 -35
4 2007-09-30 CHI H    
5 2007-10-07 WAS A    
6   Bye      
7 2007-10-21 TB H    
8 2007-10-28 CHI A    
9 2007-11-04 DEN H    
10 2007-11-11 ARI A    
11 2007-11-18 NYG H    
12 2007-11-22 GB H    
13 2007-12-02 MIN A    
14 2007-12-09 DAL H    
15 2007-12-16 SD A    
16 2007-12-23 KC H    
17 2007-12-30 GB A    
Philadelphia Eagles
Week Date Opp H/A Score Dif
1 2007-09-09 GB A L 13-16 -3
2 2007-09-17 WAS H L 12-20 -8
3 2007-09-23 DET H W 56-21 +35
4 2007-09-30 NYG A    
5   Bye      
6 2007-10-14 NYJ A    
7 2007-10-21 CHI H    
8 2007-10-28 MIN A    
9 2007-11-04 DAL H    
10 2007-11-11 WAS A    
11 2007-11-18 MIA H    
12 2007-11-25 NE A    
13 2007-12-02 SEA H    
14 2007-12-09 NYG H    
15 2007-12-16 DAL A    
16 2007-12-23 NO A    
17 2007-12-30 BUF H    

Offense Stats Comparison
  DET
 Offense 
PHI
 Offense 
NFL
 Average 
Points for 28.0 12.5 20.4
Rushing yards 82.0 108.5 113.8
Rushing yards per attempt 3.90 4.43 4.11
Completion % 67.4% 54.4% 61.9%
Passing yards 321.5 203.0 213.4
Passing yards per completion 10.37 9.44 10.62
Passing yards per attempt 6.99 5.14 6.58
Interceptions 2.5 0.5 1.0
Fumbles lost 1.0 1.0 0.9
Sacked 3.0 2.0 2.3
Note: Team statistics are shown as the average per game through Weeks 1 to 2 of the 2007 season with no adjustment. Once more weeks are played, these stats will tabulate the last 6 weeks results and deduct the best and worst value from the data set.

Defense Stats Comparison
  DET
 Defense 
PHI
 Defense 
NFL
 Average 
Points against 19.0 18.0 20.4
Rushing yards 107.5 88.0 113.8
Rushing yards per attempt 3.84 3.52 4.11
Completion % 64.9% 54.9% 61.9%
Passing yards 236.5 188.0 213.4
Passing yards per completion 9.46 9.64 10.62
Passing yards per attempt 6.14 5.30 6.58
INT return 3.0 1.0 1.0
Fumble recoveries 1.0 0.5 0.9
Sacks 2.5 2.5 2.3
 

Weather
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Team vs. Team History
Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles
 Season   Week   Date   Vis   Home   Score   Winner 
2004 3 2004-09-26 PHI DET 30-13 PHI
Note: Only playoff games from the 2004 and 2005 seasons are included in the team vs. team history. Playoff games from seasons prior to 2004 are not currently included in the database.




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