Jalen Hurts and the Eagles will start the season with a bang. Count on it.
Last year, when Philadelphia opened the season, things went just about as well as you could have hoped as they dissected the Atlanta Falcons to the tune of a 32-6 victory. Jalen racked up 264 passing yards and three touchdowns capping a brilliant day.
This time around, Philly opens up on the road versus the Detriot Lions at Ford Field. These two teams met a season ago in Week 8, and a 44-6 Eagles victory was the result.
Hurts didn’t produce the greatest stat line (103 passing yards, 71 rushing yards), but Philly’s plan was to rely on the rushing attack, and they did exactly that. On the day, the Birds ran for 236 yards on 46 attempts, and they reached the end zone four times. Darius Slay scored the other touchdown on a forced fumble that was taken back for six.
Expect the offensive attack to look much different this time around. Expect the Lions’ defense to give them opportunities to make plays.
The Lions gave up the fourth-highest passing touchdowns total in 2021. They surrendered the ninth-highest passing yards total. They also gave up a ton of first downs. Despite some key additions in the most recent NFL Draft (Aidan Hutchinson, Jameson Williams, Kerby Joseph), the Lions are still a team that always seems to be in rebuilding mode. Expect 250-275 yards passing and three touchdowns through the air from Jalen Hurts in this one.