Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions: Bold predictions for Week 8

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles
DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Good news finally comes for the Philadelphia Eagles offense in Detroit.

1. Jalen Hurts rushes for two touchdowns.

Saying that Jalen Hurts will throw for three touchdowns doesn’t just sound ‘bold’. Based on everything that we’ve all seen to this point, that sounds unrealistic.

Miles Sanders is out, and you guessed it. With Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott (who the coaches seem to despise) on the roster as the top two running backs on the depth chart now, Jalen Hurts becomes Philly’s lone consistent weapon in the ground game.

Expect Hurts, whether by design or by panic, to trust his legs more than his arm in this one. At times that will frustrate you. At times, that will produce some big plays. Most importantly, it will produce two touchdowns, both in the red zone by this Eagles offense.

2. The Eagles offense loses the time of possession battle but outgain the Lions in the second half.

Much of this game will look like so many others that you have seen so far this season. The Lions will force three and outs, a few of them in succession. The Eagles defense will spend too much time on the field. Philadelphia will, more than likely, go into the locker room with a halftime deficit.

That’s when the light bulb will come on.

The Eagles, even if they aren’t winning many of these games, are a second-half team. That trend will continue here. Expect Philly’s defense to make Jared Goff look like he’s better than he is, at least early, but they’ll do a much better job of limiting the Lions in the third and fourth quarter.

The Lions will move the ball for more yardage. They’ll win time of possession, but the defense will make just enough plays in the second half as Philly’s offense will outgain Detroit in the second half.