- Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears NFL Week 4
Lions vs Bears Ford Field Sunday September 30th, 2007 @ 1:00.
Fox Network Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger and Jennifer Hammond.
Bears are 2-3 at Ford Field but have won the last 2 meetings in Detroit.
The Chicago Bears are changing starting QBs. My contemporary blogger Winnie provides the story over at Chicago Bears. The Lions will now prepare for Brian Griese as the QB for the matchup Sunday September 30, 2007 @ 1:00 at Ford Field. The man he is replacing, Rex Grossman, led the Bears to the Super Bowl last year. But with the defending NFC Champions off to a slow start this season with 1-2 record and Grossman’s stats near the bottom of the NFL, Bear Coach Lovie Smith made the decision. Rex has only 1 TD pass with 6 interceptions, is completing only 52.8% of his passes and is only ahead of Minnesota’s injured QB Tavaris Jackson in the NFL QB Rankings. Probably an easy decision for Smith.
The Detroit Lions are moving down the NFL Power Rankings by the entities that do the Weekly NFL Power Rankings. Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger is providing this NFL Power Rankings post as a regular weekly feature during the NFL Regular Season. I am using the same 5 NFL Power Rankings sites each week. The 5 are:
Photos in Article Source: Detroit Free Press
The NFL Week 3 matchup was no contest from the beginning. The Philadelphia Eagles held the Detroit Lions to a 3 and out on the Lions first possession. Only 4 plays after receiving the Lions punt the Eagles had a 7-0 lead on a 25 yard run by Brian Westbrook. Threatening to make a game of it the Lions scored on the next possession helped by a 3rd and 13 pass reception and run by Roy Williams that gained 54 yards. Two plays later the Lions were in the end zone and had tied the score on a 2 yard run by Kevin Jones. Just 10 plays later on the Eagles 2nd possession they were in the end zone again on a Brian Westbrook 5 yard run at the end of the 77 yard drive. Another three and out by the Lions and then the Eagles scored another TD on a 68 yard pass from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Curtis. Once again three plays and out by the Lions with heavy QB pressure by the Eagles. The Eagles 4th drive again ends in the Lions end zone early in the 2nd period on another McNabb to Curtis hookup and its 28-7 Eagles. Lions try to get back in the game on the next drive but the Eagles sacked Lions QB Jon Kitna on 2nd and 3rd down and then a short punt put the Eagles at the Lions 43. Only 1 play to get back in the end zone for the Eagles as McNabb hit a wide open Curtis for his 3rd touchdown reception and the scoreboard showed 35-7 Eagles. The Lions defense has been on the field for 5 Eagles possessions and surrendered 5 TDs. Detroit puts together a drive and makes it 35-14 on a pass from Kitna to Shaun McDonald. Philadelphia puts together a 82 yard drive down to the Lions 4 yard line when McNabb is sacked and fumbles and the Lions recover on the 9. Kitna hits Williams on a short crossing pattern and Williams outruns all the Eagles DBs for a 91 yard TD and suddenly it is 35-21 and the Lions seem to have some hope. That is until you consider the Lions defense can not stop the Eagles. Bryan Westbrook had this to say about the Lions defense:
“it was like he was playing against a Pop Warner team.”
Source: Detroit Free Press
It would be easy to borrow from Denny Green and say ‘The Lions are who we thought they were’. But I won’t. To me this was an easy outcome to foresee. All week I provided posts that pointed out how everything was aligning for an Eagles victory. But your ‘Lions Eyes’ blogger still held out hope that somehow the Lions would overcome all the obstacles and pull out a win and move up in the NFL standings. But then I saw on the Fox NFL Sunday pre-game show that Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and even Frank Caliendo picked the Lions to go into Philadelphia and beat the Eagles. Then to top it off the trio of experts were asked by host Curt Menefee which of the current surprise 2-0 teams in the NFL would keep it going and make the NFL playoffs. They all said the Lions. I am going to borrow from Jim Mora……’Playoffs!!!!, Playoffs!!!!! are you kidding me…..’
As the game unfolded I was reminded of my youth watching a Charlie Brown special. The Charlie Brown All-Stars were walking off the field after another losing effort and Linus said something like: ‘I really thought we had a chance to win the game……..then the game started’. That is how I felt yesterday when I held out hope, until before I knew it the game had started and the Lions were behind 35-7.
Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger has gathered up the NFL Week 3 Predictions for the Matchup between the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles scheduled for Sunday September 23, 2007 @ 1:00 in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. It is surprising that any of the ‘expert’ prognosticators are picking the Lions to not only cover the 6.5 spread but to win the game outright.
Here is how it looks from the Local Detroit and Philadelphia media.
Source: Detroit News
Mike O’Hara: Philadelphia
Rob Parker: Philadelphia
Terry Foster: Detroit
Bob Wojnowski: Philadelphia
Source: Detroit Freep Press
Mitch Albom: Detroit
Nicholas J. Cotsonika: Detroit
Drew Sharp: Detroit
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Les Bowen: Philadelphia
Paul Domowitch: Philadelphia
Site: Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field
Streaks: Eagles have won 4 in a row
Detroit Lions travel to Philadelphia to meet the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday @ 1:00 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions come into the matchup a high flying 2-0 while the Eagles are limping in 0-2. The Eagles have beaten the Lions in 4 straight matchups dating back to the 1995 NFL Playoffs. The last matchup between the teams was in week 3 of the 2004 Season with the Eagles dominating at Ford Field 30-13. The Eagles are a 6.0 betting Favorite by the Line Makers in Las Vegas.
The Lions go into Week 3 as the NFL’s #1 Rated Passing Offense and the Eagles are Ranked #8 in Passing Defense. Detroit’s receiving core Roy Williams, Mike Furrey, Shaun McDonald and Calvin Johnson will be a big challenge to a injury depleted Philadelphia secondary. CB Lito Sheppard and FS Brian Dawkins are both questionable on the Injury report. Lions QB Jon Kitna will strive to avoid mistakes, he has thrown 3 interceptions with 2 of them being in the End Zone after long drives early in both games. Eagle Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson the master of getting pressure on QBs, will expect to get good pressure on Kitna from his Defensive Ends Jevon Kearse and Trent Cole. The Eagles defensive front has lots of depth and with the rotation patterns they play stay fresh most of the time. Johnson will also get pressure with blitzes mixed in when the opportunity arises. The Lions rushing game which is ranked near the bottom of the NFL will get a boost from the return of Kevin Jones but the Eagles rushing defense is as strong as ever ranked #8 through 2 weeks. The Lions will rely on the passing game developed by Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz and hope to take advantage of the height of their receivers versus the Eagles short and not fully healthy defensive backs.
Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger has wagered on NFL Football games a ‘few’ times in his life. Ok, more than a few times but I have only lost money a few times. With that wagering experience to pull from I think I know a Trap game when I see one.
For your consideration:
During the 2007 Season the Eagles will be playing their 75th season in the NFL. Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie had this to say about the 2007 Season:
“We will celebrate 75 years of Eagles football and the most passionate fans in the NFL during the 2007 season”
“Knowing how much the Eagles have meant to the City of Philadelphia, I am truly honored to be part of the rich history of this team”
Source: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles designated the game versus the Lions as the ‘Throwback Game’ and will wear 1933 Throwbacks when they take the field against the Lions on Sunday @ 1:00 at Lincoln Financial Field. Here is a look at what Fans can expect to see when they watch the game. The uniforms commemorate the color and design scheme the Eagles wore during their 1st season in the NFL.
For the only time since 1998 the Lions are going to Philadelphia to play. The Lions hope to open the NFL Season 3-0 for the first time since the 1980 ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ team started 4-0. The Lions have never played in Lincoln Financial Field.
The 1st Place Detroit Lions are moving up the NFL Power Rankings by the entities that do the Weekly NFL Power Rankings. Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger has determined to make this a regular weekly feature during the NFL Regular Season. I will use the same 5 NFL Power Rankings sites each week. The 5 are: