Stafford and the Detroit Lions travel to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia during week 14 of the 2013 NFL season. These two teams have been two of the best in the NFL in racking up points and yardage on the offensive side of the ball. This week they get to face off in a game that could be very high scoring if either defense doesn’t limit the opposing quarterback.
Stafford enters this game behind only Peyton Manning in passing yards through the first three quarters of the 2013 NFL season. That could change this evening as Drew Brees is currently third and only 188 yards behind Stafford. Nonetheless he is still one of the NFL’s top passing quarterbacks and that won’t change in week 14. Stafford has thrown for 3,825 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in guiding the Lions to the top of the NFC North. Now the Eagles don’t rank as one of the worst passing defenses but they have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing receivers in the NFL this season.
This opens up the opportunity for Stafford as the Lions enter this game with a healthy Calvin Johnson as well as Nate Burleson in the receiving game. Johnson enters this game leading the NFL with 1,299 yards receiving to go along with his 12 receiving touchdowns. Johnson who didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers demands double and triple teams which will create plays for Burleson as well as the emerging Kris Durham.
For the Eagles and fantasy owners it comes down to how well Nick Foles plays this week against a Lions defense that is allowing over 17 points a game to opposing quarterbacks. This season the Lions defense has allowed 3,197 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions through the team’s first 12 games of the season.
This gives fantasy owners a chance to start Foles who has yet to throw an interception this season. Foles has completed 63 percent of his passes this season for 1,791 yards, 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Foles isn’t the only player on the Eagles you want to start as both DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper are must starts against a Lions secondary that is allowing over 28 points a game against opposing receivers. This season the Lions defense has allowed 2,165 receiving yards and 16 touchdown receptions.
Now the matchups for the running backs don’t look as promising as the Lions have allowed only five rushing touchdowns this season. The Eagles haven’t done quite as well but still have limited opposing running backs to only seven touchdowns in 12 games this season. The only concern I have is if the passing games are both running on high this game it could open up the running game as well as goal line opportunities for both Reggie Bush and LeSean McCoy.
This game is a fantasy heaven for any fantasy owner of almost any player on either the Detroit Lions or Philadelphia Eagles.