TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: Detroit Lions At Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions (credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)
(credit: Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
Quarterback
Winner The Lions were in some trouble on Thanksgiving Day, having lost their previous two games and trailing the Packers 10-3. That’s where Matthew Stafford said enough, and he took the Packers apart. Stafford showed off his strong arm and completed 22-of-35 passes for 330 yards and three TDs as the Lions ran away with the game. Stafford is capable of carrying the team when he is on his game.
Winner Is there a more valuable player in the NFL than Nick Foles? He’s probably not going to take the MVP award away from Peyton Manning, but he has been dominant since getting the starting nod. Not only has he turned around the Eagles’ fortunes, he has a remarkable 19-0 TD-interception ratio. Foles reads defenses well and throws the ball accurately and decisively.
Offense
Winner The Lions show their explosiveness on offense regularly, but they don’t do it consistently. With weapons like Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, the Lions have the kind of stars to take apart nearly any defense. They often show flashes, concentration is often an issue. Johnson is the best receiver in the game and Bush is quick enough that opponents must hammer him early or he will hurt them badly.
Just like the Lions, the Eagles have a couple of outstanding weapons in LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson who can dominate any game. McCoy is probably the most versatile running back in the game. He can make big plays on the ground or as a receiver. Jackson is one of the faster receivers in the NFL. Riley Cooper has proven to be a dependable secondary receiver.
Defense
Winner The Lions have some powerful defensive players who can shut down any attack when they are on top of their game. Interior defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are simply too strong and powerful for most blockers to handle. Stephen Tulloch leads the team with 97 tackles, while fellow linebacker DeAndre Levy leads the league with six interceptions.
The Eagles are among the worst defensive teams when it comes to statistical rankings – they are 31st overall and against the pass – but they have learned how to stop opponents when the game is on the line. They had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in their 24-21 Week 13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. DeMeco Ryans leads the Eagles with 105 tackles.
Special Teams
Winner The Lions have had some problems with their special teams coverage, but they have gotten a couple of big returns from explosive Micheal Spurlock. Placekicker David Akers has made 15-of-20 FG attempts, including 2-of-2 from 50 yards or more.
Winner The Eagles have not always done a good job of covering kickoffs and punts, and that has caused them some problems. Placekicker Alex Henery has connected on 17-of-22 FG attempts, while Donnie Jones has a net average of 40.9 yards per punt.

The Winner Is

Winner Detroit Lions
4 out of 4

The Lions are the more talented team and they appear to have a big edge on defense. However, Jim Schwartz rarely gets consistent efforts from his team while the Eagles seem to be responding well to Chip Kelly. Give the edge to the home team.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after a play in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. Kennedy Meeks #3 and Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels react in the second half against the Oregon Ducks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.
    NCAA Championship Tale: 1 Gonzaga Vs. 1 North Carolina

    Gonzaga and North Carolina are set to square off in the NCAA Championship. Let’s break down the matchup.

  2. Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels handles the ball in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Tyler Dorsey #5 of the Oregon Ducks reacts in the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.
    Final Four Tale: 1 North Carolina Vs. 3 Oregon

    North Carolina and Oregon are set to square off in the Final Four. Let’s break down the matchup.

  3. osh Perkins #13 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrateswith teammates in the second half against the Xavier Musketeers during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 25, 2017 in San Jose, California. Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts after a play against the Florida Gators in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City.
    Final Four Tale: 1 Gonzaga Vs. 7 South Carolina

    Gonzaga and South Carolina are set to square off in the Final Four. Let’s break down the matchup.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Detroit

Best Places To See Indie Rock In DetroitIt's called Detroit Rock City for a reason.
Guide: Best Barbecue In Metro DetroitSometimes, nothing hits the spot like good barbecue.
Best Ice Cream Shops In Metro DetroitIt's getting warm outside! Take advantage of it.

Watch & Listen LIVE