Eagles versus Lions: 5 potential matchups to watch in Week 1

Amon-Ra St. Brown #14, Detroit Lions, Avonte Maddox #29, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Amon-Ra St. Brown #14, Detroit Lions, Avonte Maddox #29, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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Josh Sweat #94, Philadelphia Eagles
Jared Goff #16, Detroit Lions, Josh Sweat #94, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

We’re expecting a few highlight-reel moments from Jonathan Gannon’s defense.

Fireworks are certain when the Eagles’ defense takes the field to limit Detroit’s offensive attack. We’ve waited all spring and summer to see the fruits of Jonathan Gannon’s labor, and we won’t have to wait much longer to see the debut of a unit we hope finishes in the top five of all NFL defenses.

Taylor Decker and Penei Sewell versus Brandon Graham and Josh Sweat

Perhaps you’ve heard. Brandon Graham is back, and he’s playing like he’s still fighting for a place on the 53-man roster. He figures to spend most of his time lined up versus the 2021 NFL Draft’s seventh-overall selection, Penei Sewell. Josh Sweat figures to draw Taylor Decker duty on the other side.

Games are won and lost in the trenches, and if B.G. and Sweat wreak havoc, it’s going to be a long afternoon for Jared Goff. He’s never been a fan of consistent pressure.

Detroit’s wide receivers versus the Eagles’ secondary

Much has been made about second-year Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, and rightfully so. He’s someone that can be lined up inside and outside, so we could see him battle Darius Slay, James Bradberry, or Avonte Maddox.

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Philly kept him in check during last season’s visit to Detroit in Week 8. He managed only three receptions for 46 yards, but he’s a much better player than he was then. Keep an eye on him, D.J. Chark, and Josh Reynolds. If they can shake loose versus the Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary, this one might be a nail-biter as we approach the finish line.