Eagles Win a Close Game Against the Detroit Lions – Week 1 Summary


AP Photo | Lon Horwedel

Credits: AP Photo | Lon Horwedel

Summary of Weeks 1-2

Eagles VS. Lions @ Ford Field
The Philadelphia Eagles took on the Detroit Lions at 1 PM on Sunday 11th, and barely survived the shoot-out that afternoon. As Hard Knocks indicated, the Detroit Lions are an improved football team. A young receiver in Amon-Ra St. Brown emerges as a top receiver for the Detroit Lions and the whole league. DeAndre Swift is establishing himself as one of the best running backs, and the offensive line has been building up from drafts and free agents these past few years and is anticipated as one of the best in the league. With these improvements and Dan “Motor City” Campbell’s “biting kneecaps” mentality, Nick Sirianni and the Eagles knew this game wasn’t going to be the steamroll it was last year. (Eagles won 44-6)

The Captains of the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions met on the Lions logo to decide the coin toss: the Eagles won. The Eagles elected to defer (get the ball back starting in the second quarter), kicking the ball to the Lions to start the game. In the first quarter of the game, the Detroit Lions got the only score, a touchdown by Jamaal Williams on a 1-yard touchdown run. The Eagles’ defense looked slow and rusty, moving around sluggishly in the first quarter, and the Eagles’ offense seemed to be on lockdown for those 15 minutes. Philly’s defense fought hard in the second quarter and kept the Lions to one touchdown.

On the other side, Jalen Hurts and the excellent rushing attack helped score an astounding 17. Newly acquired CB James Bradberry also left a mark on the game with a pick-six, which really helped the team gain the momentum going into the half, with the score being 24-7. However, after the half, the Eagles combined for only 14 points while the Lions put up 21 points, 14 of which came unanswered in the 4th quarter. However, the Eagles were able to hold off a Lions team with momentum and kept the lead to win the game 38-35, setting themselves up for a good 1-0 start to the season.

Eagles Player of the Week*:
Newly acquired star receiver AJ Brown caught ten catches for 155 yards, the most receiving yards for any non-rookie in his debut in franchise history. Of those 155 yards, 128 yards were in the first half, the third most yards by any receiver in Eagles history.