Week 3 Preview, Detroit at Philadelphia

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The Detroit Lions are 2-0 for the first time since 1980. The Philadelphia Eagles, on the other hand, are trying to avoid going 0-3 for the first time since 1999. They meet this Sunday at the Linc where one of these precedents will be set. Jon Kitna, ever the optimist, said some time ago that the Lions would win at least ten games this year. People laughed at him; well, they’re already 1/5 there.

We know the Lions have the offensive weapons. Kitna has thrown for 534 yards with 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions; oddly enough, the Lions receving leader isn’t either Roy Williams, Mike Furrey or rookie Calvin Williams. It’s none other than Shaun McDonald (13 receptions, 161 yards, 1 TD). The Lions’ running attack is mediocre at the moment, but are expected to get RB Kevin Jones back this week; they are led by Tatum Bell with 101 yards and 1 TD.

The Eagles have a healthy Donovan McNabb, but his stats so far aren’t vintage McNabb (only 54.4% completion rate, 424 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT). Not sure if it is his mechanics or his recent comments, but McNabb will have to turn his game around if the Eagles want to visit the postseason. At least their running game is solid, led by Brian Westbrook; Westbrook leads the team in rushing and receiving. That can mean either: Westbrook is that good, the Eagles’ wide receivers are that bad, or both. But to be fair, the wide receivers on any team (not just the Eagles) are only as good as the QB who is throwing them the ball.

I expect Kitna to put up some decent numbers vs. the Eagles, but the Eagles’ Westbrook will produce monster numbers and the Eagles run D should be able to neutralize the Lions’ Tatum Bell and Co. as the Eagles narrowly win a close one to go to 1-2.


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