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Eagles vs. Lions NFL Week 1 Betting Picks, Odds and Trends

Philadelphia Eagles NFL Betting Season Expert Predictions, odds and Analysis
  • by Anthony Carpenter
  • September 5th, 2022
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Top sportsbooks online favor the Eagles over the Lions in their 2022 NFL season opening game.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions NFL Odds by MyBookie.ag

Eagles-4 ( -110 )48½ ( -110 )-200
Lions+4 ( -110 )48½ ( -110 )+170
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Betting Philadelphia Eagles

Philly is favored by a field goal and change at the best online sportsbooks. The 2022 season is the Philadelphia Eagles’ 90th in the NFL, 20th playing home games at Lincoln Financial Field, second under head coach Nick Sirianni, and their seventh under general manager Howie Roseman since he was rehired. The team looks to improve on their 2021 record of 9–8, get back to the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons, and win the NFC East division for the first time since 2019.

The Eagles improved on their 4–11–1 record from the previous season last year. After a 40–29 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 11 they returned to the playoffs following a one-year absence. This was the Eagles’ first season since 2015 without QB Carson Wentz.

He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in March 2021. The Eagles started the season with a 2–5 record. They turned things around and went 7–2 in their next nine games. They clinched a playoff berth following a one-year absence.

The Eagles tied with the New Orleans Saints for the last Wild Card spot, but won the tiebreaker based on their Week 11 head-to-head win against the Saints. The Eagles faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round. They lost 31–15 to the defending champs. Despite the 9–8 record, Philly did not beat any team that made the postseason in 2021.

Betting Detroit Lions

The Lions are, according to top sportsbooks online, home dogs. The 2022 season is the Detroit Lions’ 93rd in the NFL and second under head coach Dan Campbell. The Lions finished 2021 with a 3–13–1, failing to improve on their 5–11 record from the prior season.

The Lions began the season 0–8 before they tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10. They nearly had the Steelers beat in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1955. The Lions did not win a game until Week 13 against division rivals the Minnesota Vikings.

That ended a 15-game, 364-day losing streak. In Week 14, the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention for the fifth year in a row. They finished the season dead last in the NFC North division for the fourth straight season.

Also they still ended the season on a high note. They upset two playoff teams; the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 and top-seeded Green Bay Packers in Week 18. This was the Lions’ first season since 2008 without QB Matthew Stafford.

He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for quarterback Jared Goff and three draft picks on January 31, 2021. Stafford would go onto win his first Super Bowl with the Rams later on. With the Cincinnati Bengals beating the Las Vegas Raiders in the playoffs, the Lions officially held the longest playoff win drought in the league, not winning a playoff game since 1991.

Jared Goff looked good in his only live preseason action. In one series against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, Goff displayed remarkable command of the offense. He completed 3 of 4 passes for 47 yards in a 27-23 loss.

The effective performance continued what has been a solid training camp for Goff. He has earned praise from teammates and coaches. “Definitely confident. I guess commanding. He’s understanding the playbook and he’s knowing what to do and he’s going right away. There’s not as much hesitation,” Lions center Frank Ragnow said.

Jared Goff

Goff had an underwhelming 2021. He posted the 24th-lowest QBR in the NFL (39.5). But the Lions are counting on the showing against Atlanta being the first payoff of an offseason devoted to helping the former first overall pick rediscover the mojo that led the Los Angeles Rams to Super Bowl LIII.

Goff worked with his personal QB coach, Adam Dedeaux, in order to improve his footwork and hone his throwing mechanics. He invited teammates to training sessions to build chemistry in advance of the new season.

That work, plus the Lions front office providing him two new targets at wide receiver and a new OC committed to building an offense around his skills, could have Goff ready to make a giant leap in what is likely to be a sink-or-swim season for him in Detroit.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions NFL Pick

Philadelphia Eagles.