After a gut-wrenching loss in Atlanta last Sunday night, the Eagles have refocused and are ready to bounce back against a Detroit Lions team that has not lost yet this season.
The Lions enter Week 3 coming off of a 13-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday, and they played to a tie in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 after leading for much of the game. The Eagles are certainly not overlooking this opponent, and they are well aware of how important this game is to their season. The goal for Sunday is simple. Take care of business at home against a tough Matt Patricia-led Lions squad.
“This is a game that we need to win. There’s no other option right now. We’ve got to be 2-1 after this game,” Ertz said.
To come out of Lincoln Financial Field with a win on Sunday, the Eagles will need everybody to step up. If Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles and Jordan Howard can be as effective in the run game as they were in Week 1, then the passing game will benefit greatly, allowing playmakers like Zach and Nelson Agholor to create explosive plays for the offense.
With some injuries to the receiving corps last week in Atlanta, some younger wideouts like J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins may be asked to step into more expanded roles on Sunday. Despite the young receivers’ lack of experience, the veterans in that group believe Arcega-Whiteside and Hollins will be ready for a new challenge on Sunday if given the opportunity.
“When one guy goes down, another steps up. We’ve all learned that lesson,” Agholor said. “I see a bunch of guys working hard and improving every day. I’m excited no matter who’s out there. These are talented players and they all bring their skills to the table. I don’t have a doubt that we’ll play our game no matter who is catching the football. That’s just how much confidence I have in everybody on this football team.”
High offensive efficiency will keep the defense fresh, allowing Fletcher Cox and the rest of the Eagles’ talented defense to apply plenty of pressure on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Playing complementary football is the key to any successful Sunday in the NFL, and the Eagles have the skill on both sides of the ball to do that every week.
The Eagles know they will have to bring their best to the Linc on Sunday, and they will be ready for an NFC battle with the Lions.
Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday and coverage will be on FOX.