Free NFL Picks - Week 5 Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions Predictions

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Monday, October 3, 2016 8:39 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 8:39 PM UTC

The Eagles come out of their bye and visit Detroit on Sunday. I would like to tell you I projected the Philadelphia Eagles to be unbeaten entering Week 5, but that would be a lie. Join me as I breakdown this game for valuable NFL picks.

 Eagles What To Watch For

I wasn't sold on the Eagles through two weeks as they had easy wins over Cleveland and Chicago, quite possibly the NFL's two worst teams. But Philly's 34-3 home rout of Pittsburgh on Sept. 25 was eye-opening as rookie Carson Wentz outplayed future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger in the Steelers' worst loss since 1989. Wentz had his first 300-yard day, going 23-for-31 for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow rookie Wendell Smallwood, who has barely used the first two games, rushed 17 times for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Wentz was deservedly named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September. The No. 2 overall pick in the draft became the first player in  NFL history with at least 100 attempts (102), 60 completions (66) and five TD passes (five) without an interception in his first three career games. Still unbelievable the Eagles planned to redshirt this guy before the Sam Bradford trade. Meanwhile, tackle Fletcher Cox was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month. He has 11 tackles, three sacks, three hurries and a forced fumble.

Teams don't like bye weeks so early in the season, but it allowed a few key Eagles to heal up. No. 1 running back Ryan Mathews hurt his ankle early in the Steelers win and but should be fine for Detroit. However, first-year coach Doug Pederson was impressed enough with Smallwood to say the team would use a backfield rotation with the rookie, Mathews and receiving back Darren Sproles. Tight end Zach Ertz and top cornerback Leodis McKelvin also should play Sunday. Ertz had six catches for 58 yards in Week 1 but hurt his ribs. McKelvin (hamstring) also only played Week 1.

Philly is 3-0 ATS on NFL betting odds and 1-2 O/U.


Lions What To Watch For

Detroit coach Jim Caldwell was the co-favorite on BetOnline, now offering 50% free play bonus, NFL odds entering the season to be the first coach fired. Caldwell's seat is certainly warmer after the Lions (1-3) lost their third straight game Sunday, 17-14 at previously winless Chicago.

That Detroit defense, missing its best players in the injured Ezekiel Ansah and DeAndre Levy, allowed 408 yards to a Bears offense that really had been struggling and was without starting QB Jay Cutler and running back Jeremy Langford due to injury. Detroit was held to 263 yards against a Bears defense that had been one of the NFL's worst the first three weeks and was missing a handful of injured starters. Matthew Stafford threw for 213 yards and two picks. Presumed No. 1 receiver Golden Tate has been a bust this year, had just one catch for 1 yard vs. Chicago and was benched after running the wrong route on a Stafford interception.

Detroit stomped the visiting Eagles 45-14 last Thanksgiving. Stafford had one of the best games of his career, completing 27 of 38 for 337 yards and five touchdowns with no picks. At least the Eagles don't have to worry about Calvin Johnson this time as he caught three of those TDs. Philly had just 227 yards of offense. Mark Sanchez was the QB that day and he was sacked six times.

The Lions are 1-3 ATS on NFL picks this year and 2-2 O/U.


Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions

Everything points to the Eagles, but the Lions usually play vastly better at home. I'll take the points. Go 'under' for your week 5 NFL picks


Free NFL Picks:  Under 46 -110
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