Fresh off their run as the preseason stars of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the Detroit Lions hope a rejuvenated defense can get them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Led by the energetic antics of head coach Dan Campbell, the Lions look to bounce back from last year’s record (3-13-1) with a game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Ford Field.
The Eagles, meanwhile, added several pieces to a squad that came close to making the postseason in 2021 with Jalen Hurts at quarterback. The Eagles have added several pieces, including a recent trade for Saints cornerback Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.
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Lorenzo Reyes: Eagles 28, Lions 17
With moves to bring in A.J. Brown and Gardner-Johnson, Philadelphia is poised to take a jump in 2022. The Lions should be better, but Jalen Hurts presents too much of a matchup issue for a defense that is coming off a year in which it was second-to-last in scoring defense (27.5 points per game).
Safid Deen: Eagles 21, Lions 20
Jalen Hurts is going to have a breakout season with A.J. Brown joining Devonta Smith on offense. I like Philadelphia’s chances to win the NFC East. But the Eagles going to have to earn it in a gut-check opener against Dan Campbell’s improved Lions.
Lance Pugmire: Eagles 30, Lions 24
Returning from a playoff berth with A.J. Brown to throw to, Jalen Hurts has the opportunity to affirm his position for years this season and this is where it starts. “Hard Knocks” was enjoyable, but now it’s back to reality television for the Lions.
Jarrett Bell: Eagles 20, Lions 17
Nate Davis: Eagles, 23, Lions 20
Tyler Dragon: Eagles 26, Lions 17
Parker Gabriel: Eagles, 30, Lions 24
Mike Jones: Lions 23, Eagles 21
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