Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Dean Holden@@Dean_HoldenAnalyst IOctober 14, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: A pass intended for wide receiver Riley Cooper #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles is broken up in the end zone by Amari Spievey #42 and Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions ending the first half during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Two teams enter this game with apparent talent levels much higher than their record would suggest.

Both teams need a win in a big way. The Eagles need to keep from sinking to .500 from their 3-2 perch, while the Lions need to start climbing up to it from a disappointing 1-3.

Each team has a lot of firepower, and neither seems to have been able to use it properly. Matthew Stafford hasn't been as sharp as he was in 2011, and Michael Vick continues to torpedo his own offense with turnovers.

One of these teams is likely to come out of its funk in a big way this week and start on the road to being taken seriously. The Lions have a longer road than the Eagles do on account of record, but as far as this weekend goes, either of these teams easily win or lose by 30 points.

It has been an unpredictable start to the season for the Lions and Eagles, and neither looks anything like the powerhouse some projected them to be this season. But I still expect (at least) one of these teams to make the playoffs this year, and the result of this game may well give us an indication of who that might be.

Lions fans looking for a breakdown of the game, check out the Lions' 10 keys to victory, presented (as always) by yours truly. NFC North Lead Writer Andrew Garda also draws up a potential roadmap for a Lions victory.

Eagles fans looking for a Philly perspective can check out the Eagles' 10 keys to victory, presented by Eagles Featured Columnist Jasen Shen, as well as NFC East Lead Writer Brad Gagnon's game plan for the Eagles.

For those looking for a completely unbiased look at the game, watch Josh Zerkle, Aaron Nagler and Matt Miller break down the key matchups in the game and give their score prediction.

And once you've done all that, keep it here for the injury report, score updates, highlights, fantasy news and whatever else of interest comes out of this game.


Current Score: Lions 26, Eagles 23 (Final/Overtime)