Friday, September 17, 2010

Three reasons the Lions will beat the Eagles Sunday - and three reasons they won't

Three reasons the Lions will beat the Eagles Sunday:
1. The game is at home. The Lions have been a bad team everywhere in recent years, but when they have had success, it has been at Ford Field. Both their wins last year were at home.
2. The Lions' defensive line is athletic enough to maintain contain to the outside, and keep Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the pocket.
3. Shaun Hill is a better quarterback than many in this town are giving him credit for being. He has essentially started a full season in the NFL, compiling a 10-6 record as a starter. He will get the ball into the hands of the Lions' playmakers, particularly Jahvid Best and Calvin Johnson.
Three reasons the Lions won't:
1. Vick is a superior athlete, back in form and with plenty to prove. The Lions would have been much better off if Kevin Kolb, who will likely miss this game because of a concussion, were the Eagles' starting quarterback.
2. DeSean Jackson is a big play receiver with extraordinary speed. He is due for a big game. The Lions' secondary played well in the opener at Chicago, but remains a question mark.
3. The Lions' offensive line turned in an awful performance vs. the Bears and the Eagles have a good defensive line, led by former Michigan star Brandon Graham, a rookie, and veteran Trent Cole.

Random Thoughts

- I think the most interesting aspect of the Michigan State-Notre Dame game Saturday are the coaches and their styles. Mark Dantonio was replaced as Cincinnati's head coach by Brian Kelly. Dantonio took the Bearcats to a certain level. Then, Kelly took them a step higher.
Dantonio prefers old-fashioned power football with a fullback leading into the line. Kelly spreads the field and lets his quarterbacks sling it.

- Michigan is going to clock the University of Massachusetts Saturday. But it should be noted the greatest football player in UMass history is none other than Greg Landry. Yes. The same Greg Landry who was the last Lions' quarterback selected for the Pro Bowl



Blogger The D - Zone said...

The last few years the home team won and before that it was the away team. I think this will be a close game, but neither team is elite and compete with the top dogs like Florida, Bama, Nebraksa, Iowa, and Oregon...

3:19 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

The D-Zone,
I think the MSU-ND game is a pick 'em game. Dead even.

10:48 PM 

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