NFL Week 5 Preview & Free Pick- Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions

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Eagles Going for 4-0 After Early Bye Week

The 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles return to action this Sunday from a bye week as 2.5-point road favorites against the 1-3 Detroit Lions in a 1 p.m. (ET) start on FOX at Ford Field. BetAnySports has set the total line for the NFC tilt at 46.


The Philadelphia Eagles went into their bye week with a very impressive 34-3 romp over in-state rival Pittsburgh. As four-point underdogs at home, they played well over expectations. The total stayed UNDER 46.5 points in that game. Total points in Philadelphia Eagles games has now stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in all three of their games. They also beat Cleveland as four-point home favorites and Chicago on the road as three-point underdogs for the perfect start. Philadelphia will head back on the road with a 4-1 record both straight-up and against the spread in its last five road games.

The combination of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and a shutdown defense is largely responsible for the Eagles’ fast start. Wentz has yet to throw an interception through his first three starts and he has tossed five touchdown passes. The Philadelphia Eagle defense is allowing the fewest points in the league. It is ranked sixth against the pass and third against the run.

Lions Bad Defense and Struggling Offense without Megatron

Detroit fell to 1-3 on the year both SU and ATS with this past Sunday’s 17-14 loss to Chicago as a three-point road favorite. The total stayed UNDER 48 points on BetAnySports’ closing line in that game. Detroit has now stayed UNDER in two of the Lions’ last three games. They will return to Ford Field with a 3-7 record ATS in their last 10 home games. The total has gone OVER in six of their last eight games at home.

The deep-rooted problems with this team on both sides of the ball were clearly exposed in the loss to the Bears. Detroit’s offense has struggled to move the ball this year. They have struggled Both on the ground and through the air. The Lions defense surrendered over 400 total yards to one of the worst offenses in the league. Matthew Strafford was held to 197 yards passing. He was also picked off twice in Sunday’s loss. The Lions are now ranked 22nd in the NFL in rushing with an average of 92.2 yards a game.

BetAnySports Prediction

I am looking for the Philadelphia Eagles to keep things rolling this Sunday with a SU win that easily covers BetAnySports’ current 2.5-point spread. That overall gap in talent on both sides of the ball is just too wide for Detroit to keep things close.


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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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