Former Philadelphia Eagles lineman is putting his money on Lions

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Once upon a time, the Philadelphia Eagles signed an offensive lineman, a former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman no less, to fill the void left by an injured John Hudson. That young man’s name was Brian Baldinger.

Yes young bucks, long before you could turn on your television sets and watch Baldy give his takes on an NFL game that we love so much, he played a little football too. He was never going to the Hall of Fame or anything, but he wasn’t Winston Justice either (older Eagles fans definitely got that reference).

Brian Baldinger appeared in 27 regular-season games for the Birds with seven starts. He even appeared in two postseason games, one of which came versus the Dallas Cowboys, but even though Baldy spent six years with the enemy and a mere two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, he’ll always be a member of the Eagles family. That’s one of the reasons why some of his recent comments sting so much.

The former Philadelphia Eagles offensive Lion is going with Detroit in Week 8.

During his recent appearance on Audacy Sports’ BetQL show, Baldy was asked about a few things relating to the Eagles, including head coach Nick Sirianni’s flower analogy and the first game of the season that Philadelphia is actually favored in.

According to WynnBET, the Eagles are three-point favorites in the Motor City versus the Detroit Lions. That (and history) won’t sway Baldinger however. He’s putting his money (pun intended) on the Lions. Here’s some of what he had to say on the subject.

"(The Eagles have) the worst goal-line offense I’ve ever seen. They can’t score from a yard out no matter how many times you give them an opportunity. They’re a team that puts up points in the fourth quarter… I like what Detroit did last week to the Rams, I like the onside kick, I like the fake punts. I like how they compete. I’ve been on a team that was 0-7 before and stinks. Like, you don’t even want to go outside to get gas in your car, you don’t even want to be seen. They can beat the Eagles. They just can. The Eagles defensive right now is giving up a 75-percent completion percentage, the worst in the history in the NFL, to quarterbacks. I think Detroit gets a win this week. I don’t see the Eagles winning this game."

Sadly, it’s hard to argue with him, but you can see why he’s making the argument that he is. The Philadelphia Eagles have a ton of issues.

Week 8, however, represents their most winnable game since they suited up to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. Sure, the Lions are winless, but outside of what we saw versus the Green Bay Packers, they’re a team that’s playing hard. They’re definitely playing better football than the Eagles are.

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The wins will come for Detroit eventually. The question is whether or not their first win will come by way of a struggling Eagles team. Let’s hope that it doesn’t. For the emotional health of an entire fan base, the Birds have to come out on top in this one.