College Football Playoff Rankings Reaction To Every Top 25 Slot Week 1

College Football Playoff rankings reaction to each of the top 25 slots after the Week 1 release

The first round of College Football Playoff rankings have been released. Here’s the instant reaction for each of the committee’s picks for the top 25.


College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25 Reaction

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So did the College Football Playoff committee pass the test? How did it do on its first round of rankings?

Pretty good.

I’ll nitpick below through each of the top 25 picks, but for the most part the committee did its job to provide a good snapshot of where things are at. Remember, this isn’t done like the other polls. This is a meticulous process with a pick-by-pick debate for each spot.

There might be disagreements and inconsistencies, but there’s no questioning the effort.

As always, this is all about the final set of rankings. Did you win your Power Five conference championship? Did you finish unbeaten or with one loss? Do that, and you almost certainly in.

And with that, a reaction and breakdown of each spot in the College Football Playoff top 25 rankings …

25. UCF Knights 6-2

The committee starts out with a big miss. This feels shoehorned in. UCF beating Cincinnati is fine, but it lost to at home to Louisville and got whacked a few weeks ago by East Carolina. Florida State beat Louisville, beat CFP 10 LSU, and the three losses were fights against NC State, Clemson, and Wake Forest.

24. Texas Longhorns 5-3

This doesn’t really make sense. The committee is giving WAY too much credit to a close-call 20-19 loss to Alabama, because there’s nothing else. Beating a Dillon Gabriel-less Oklahoma shouldn’t get a ton of love, and the loss to Texas Tech – along with the 5-3 record – should’ve been a bit too much to get into the top 25.

23. Oregon State Beavers 6-2

And so begins the theory that the the College Football Playoff committee completely neglected to watch the Pac-12 so far. Now the wins over Boise State and Fresno State look outstanding, the loss to USC came at the last second, and beating Washington State isn’t bad. The 42-16 loss at Utah shouldn’t be that big of a punishment – the Beavers should be hovering around the top 20.

22. NC State Wolfpack 6-2

The committee really, really, really doesn’t like teams with injured quarterbacks – Devin Leary is out. Granted, there isn’t a great win on the slate other than taking down Florida State, but losing at Clemson and Syracuse is too much of a punishment. The Pack should’ve been ranked ahead of …

21. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 6-2

There’s no real credit given to giving Liberty its only loss and there isn’t enough of a push for beating a CFP-disrespected Florida State on the road. The turnover-fest 48-21 loss to Louisville last week hurt – it would’ve been in the top 15 had it won.

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College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25: Week 1, November 1

The first College Football Playoff rankings of 2022 are out. How does the top 25 look?

How do the top teams rank in the top 25 after the first round of the 2022 College Football Playoff Rankings? 


College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25: Week 1, November 1   

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25. UCF Knights 6-2

24. Texas Longhorns 5-3

23. Oregon State Beavers 6-2

22. NC State Wolfpack 6-2

21. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 6-2

20. Syracuse Orange 6-2

19. Tulane Green Wave 7-1

18. Oklahoma State Cowboys 6-2

17. North Carolina Tar Heels 7-1

16. Illinois Fighting Illini 7-1

15. Penn State Nittany Lions 6-2

14. Utah Utes 6-2

13. Kansas State Wildcats 6-2

12. UCLA Bruins 7-1

11. Ole Miss Rebels 8-1

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10. LSU Tigers 6-2

9. USC Trojans 7-1

8. Oregon Ducks 7-1

7. TCU Horned Frogs 8-0

6. Alabama Crimson Tide 7-1

5. Michigan Wolverines 8-0

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4. Clemson Tigers 8-0

3. Georgia Bulldogs 8-0

2. Ohio State Buckeyes 8-0

1. Tennessee Volunteers 8-0

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Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks Prediction, Game Preview

Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Monday, September 12

Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Sunday, September 11


Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks How To Watch

Date: Monday, September 12
Game Time: 8:15 ET
Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Denver Broncos (0-0), Seattle Seahawks (0-0)
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Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks Game Preview

Why Denver Broncos Will Win

Just about every NFL team has a decent starting quarterback.

Atlanta has Marcus Mariota, but it has Desmond Ridder to groom. Cleveland is in bad shape, but Deshaun Watson will eventually be the man. Seattle really is going into the season with Geno Smith as the starter.

All the hype this offseason was over the revamped offense with Russell Wilson taking over, but it’s the defense that should rise up and shine, especially in the secondary.

The Denver pass rush might be a question mark, but it shouldn’t be an issue.

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Why Seattle Seahawks Will Win

Can the receiving corps help out Geno?

The Seahawks have the type of team that should push for a top five overall pick – and it’s a quarterback rich draft – but they already have the targets who can help out a horrible QB situation.

There’s a good rotation of backs to work with, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are terrific, and as long as the defense can keep this somewhat close, the offense might get that one drive – and the energy from the 12th man – needed late.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s Russell Wilson going back to Seattle. He’s going to go off early, the Seattle defense won’t be able to do enough to keep the game in check, and the mistakes are going to come from Smith and the struggling offense in the second half.

It won’t be a total wipeout, but the Broncos will take full control in the third quarter.

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Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks Prediction, Line

Denver 26, Seattle 16
Line: Denver -6, o/u: 43
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks Must See Rating: 2

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Coaches Poll Top 25 Projection, Rankings Prediction: Week 2

What might the 2022 USA TODAY Coaches Poll look like after Week 2? It’s our predicted best guess on the rankings.

What will the 2022 USA TODAY Coaches Poll potentially look like after Week 2? It’s our predicted best guess on the college football rankings.


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This is NOT the actual 2022 Week 2 USA TODAY Coaches Poll – it’s our prediction and projection of what it might be.

2022 USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 Prediction: Week 2

25 Texas Longhorns 1-1 (22)

24 Penn State Nittany Lions 2-0 (NR)

23 Texas A&M Aggies 1-1 (6)

22 Oregon Ducks 1-1 (24)

21 Pitt Panthers 1-1 (14)

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20 Tennessee Volunteers 2-0 (NR)

19 Ole Miss Rebels 2-0 (23)

18 Baylor Bears 1-1 (8)

17 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2-0 (21)

16 BYU Cougars 2-0 (25)  

15 Florida Gators 1-1 (19)

14 Miami Hurricanes 2-0 (16)

13 Utah Utes 1-1 (15)

12 NC State Wolfpack 2-0 (13)

11 Arkansas Razorbacks 2-0 (17)

10 Kentucky Wildcats 2-0 (20)

USC Trojans 2-0 (12)

Michigan State Spartans 1-0 (11)

Oklahoma State Cowboys 2-0 (10)

6 Oklahoma Sooners 2-0 (7)

5 Michigan Wolverines 2-0 (5)

Clemson Tigers 2-0 (4)

3 Ohio State Buckeyes 2-0  (3)

2 Alabama Crimson Tide 2-0 (1)

Georgia Bulldogs 2-0 (2)

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NFL Game Previews, Schedule, Predictions, Lines, How To Watch: Week 1

NFL predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 1 of the 2022 season.

NFL predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 1 of the 2022 season.


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SU: 0-0, ATS: 0-0, Point Total:0-0
Week 1 NFL Expert Picks

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Buffalo at Los Angeles Rams

Prediction: Los Angeles Rams 27, Buffalo 24
Line: Buffalo -2.5, o/u: 52.5
Final Score: Buffalo 31, Los Angeles Rams 10

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Baltimore at New York Jets

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Baltimore -7, o/u: 44.5
Final Score: COMING

Cleveland at Carolina

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Carolina -2.5, o/u: 41.5
Final Score: COMING

Indianapolis at Houston

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Indianapolis -7, o/u: 45.5
Final Score: COMING

Jacksonville at Washington

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Washington -2.5, o/u: 44
Final Score: COMING

New England at Miami

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Miami -3.5, o/u: 46
Final Score: COMING

New Orleans at Atlanta

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: New Orleans -5.5, o/u: 43
Final Score: COMING

Philadelphia at Detroit

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Philadelphia -5, o/u: 48.5
Final Score: COMING

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Cincinnati -6.5, o/u: 44.5
Final Score: COMING

San Francisco at Chicago

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: San Francisco -6.5, o/u: 40.5
Final Score: COMING

Green Bay at Minnesota

4:25, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Green Bay -1.5, o/u: 46.5
Final Score: COMING

Kansas City at Arizona

4:25, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Kansas City -6, o/u: 53.5
Final Score: COMING

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers

4:25, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Los Angeles Chargers -3.5, o/u: 52.5
Final Score: COMING

New York Giants at Tennessee

4:25, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Tennessee -5.5, o/u: 43.5
Final Score: COMING

Tampa Bay at Dallas

8:20, NBC
Prediction: COMING
Line: Dallas -1.5, o/u: 50.5
Final Score: COMING

Monday, September 12, 2022

Denver at Seattle

8:15, ABC/ESPN
Prediction: COMING
Line: Denver -6, o/u: 43
Final Score: COMING

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Baltimore Ravens vs New York Jets Prediction, Game Preview

Baltimore Ravens vs New York Jets game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Sunday, September 11

Baltimore Ravens vs New York Jets prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Sunday, September 11


Baltimore Ravens vs New York Jets How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 11
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Baltimore Ravens (0-0), New York Jets (0-0)
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Baltimore Ravens vs New York Jets Game Preview

Why Baltimore Ravens Will Win

Let’s just cut to the chase.

Are you really that worried about Joe Flacco?

Zach Wilson might be back and ready to go in Week 1, but if so he’ll hardly be 100% coming off a knee injury in preseason.

The Jets are going to be far more dangerous with a potentially loaded receiving corps and the line to give the quarterbacks time to get the ball down the field, but theground game will have a problem against a Raven D that finished No. 1 in in the NFL against the run and will take a whole lot of chances that the quarterback play won’t be good enough.

However …

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Why New York Jets Will Win

Do the Ravens have enough of a pass rush to take advantage of the Jet backfield?

The defense is going to be nasty again with a slew of key parts healthy again, but the team has been working on coming up with more pop in the backfield. New York did a ton to improve the skill spots, but most of the work was spent on the front five. This group will generate a push against the Raven front, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Lamar Jackson will take over when needed.

The receiving corps is still iffy, and the running backs a question mark until JK Dobbins and others prove they’re back to form, but Jackson won’t have any problems against the New York front seven that’s about to have fits trying to get to him.

The Jet offense will connect on a few big plays, but Jackson will be brilliant in the fourth.

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Baltimore Ravens vs New York Jets Prediction, Line

Baltimore 27, New York Jets 17
Line: Baltimore -7, o/u: 44.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

NFL Coaches Against the Spread

Baltimore Ravens vs New York Jets Must See Rating: 3

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1: Samaritan

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction, Game Preview

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Sunday, September 11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Sunday, September 11


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 11
Game Time: 8:20 ET
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
How To Watch: NBC
Record: Tampa Bay (0-0), Dallas (0-0)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys Game Preview

Why Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win

It might go against everything Tampa Bay is about with Tom Brady back under center for a team that led the NFL in passing yards, but …

Run, run, run.

The Dallas defensive interior is soft enough to try keeping the ground game between the hashmarks with a power back like Leonard Fournette to settle things down.

Of course everyone will be wanting a high-powered offensive show like the 31-29 Buccaneer win to open up last year, but hammer away early, let Brady hit the third down throws to keep everything moving, and frustrate Dallas by keeping the offensive weapons on the sidelines.

That might be the idea in theory, but 1) of course it’s going to be 12 winging it around the yard, and 2) …

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Why Dallas Cowboys Will Win

Does Tampa Bay have anyone left on the offensive front?

The front five was decimated by injuries in the preseason, the parts that rotated in weren’t that great, and TB12 isn’t exactly the most mobile quarterback.

Tampa Bay was terrific at stopping the run last season and should be again, but – like the Bucs – Dallas needs to start out by giving it a try. The Cowboys have the depth and options at running back to get creative, the defensive front should be able to hold up, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Sorry about all of these suggestions about the ground games taking over.

Tom Brady will throw for 300, Dak Prescott will throw for 300, and it’ll be an up-and-down fight throughout the third quarter. The problems on the Tampa Bay offensive front really will matter, though.

It’s not like the Dallas D will be a brick wall, but it’ll hold up just enough late to get revenge for last year’s opener.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction, Line

Dallas 27, Tampa Bay 23
Line: Dallas -1.5, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

NFL Coaches Against the Spread

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys Must See Rating: 4.5

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Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Prediction, Game Preview

Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Sunday, September 11

Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Sunday, September 11


Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 11
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Cleveland (0-0), Carolina (0-0)
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Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Game Preview

Why Cleveland Browns Will Win

The Brown running game has to hammer away from the start.

The passing attack will be a massive question mark without the star parts at receiver – with some due respect to Amari Cooper – and Jacoby Brissett under center, but the backs are there to keep working and grinding against the   okay Panther defensive front.

Run the ball, rely on the pass rush to come through on third downs, and send everyone at 6 to see if he can handle the pressure. However …

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Why Carolina Panthers Will Win

Not to assume the obvious, but who knows this Cleveland defense – at least the main parts – better than the guy who worked against it in practice every day?

Baker Mayfield might not be Brady or Mahomes, but he’s an upgrade for the Carolina passing game. He’s got a healthy Christian McCaffrey to work with, his receiving corps is more loaded than it might seem, and it might not take too much to put the pressure on.

Go ahead. Make Brissett try to win this through the air.

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What’s Going To Happen

Mayfield wasn’t anything amazing, but he wasn’t that bad.

The formula will be simple. Run the ball on the Brown defensive tackles, get the ball out of Mayfield’s hands in a hurry, and load up the house against the run. Until Cleveland proves it can get the passing game going, Carolina can rely on a secondary that held up well until late.

Mayfield will have his revenge. For now.

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Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Prediction, Line

Carolina 20, Cleveland 17
Line: Carolina -2.5, o/u: 41.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

NFL Coaches Against the Spread

Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Must See Rating: 2.5

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Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Game Preview

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Sunday, September 11

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Sunday, September 11


Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 11
Game Time: 3:25 ET
Venue: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Green Bay Packers (0-0), Minnesota Vikings (0-0)
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Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings Game Preview

Why Green Bay Packers Will Win

The Packers have the defense to hold up against what’s coming.

While everyone in the NFC North is trying to get more pop to the attack, Green Bay has bee beefing up the other side. That’s about to pay off with a great group of corners in a pass defense that’s going to take the ball away in bunches.

The high-powered receivers might not be there with Davante Adams living his best life in Vegas, Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to turn the ball over, he’ll manage the game just fine, and the defense should be able to take care of the rest.

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Why Minnesota Vikings Will Win

Are you buying into the new offense, the new coaching staff, and all the high-powered big things about to come with all of it?

Head coach Kevin O’Connell and offensive coordinator Wes Phillips are going to open it up more, and the weapons are there to do it.

Justin Jefferson doesn’t get quite enough love in a league that gushes over top receivers, but he’s about to take his stats and game up a few notches.

Kirk Cousins is better than you think – really, do the side-by-side stat comparison with the reigning MVP on the other side – and there’s a chance Minnesota just comes out and cranks up too much offense for Green Bay to keep up.

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What’s Going To Happen

Minnesota will be flashier, the big plays will be there, and Cousins will put up big numbers …

And then 12 will have the ball late and he’ll pull this out of the fire.

It’ll be more of a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race thing for the Packers. A good mix of the ground game, tempo, clock possession, and third down conversions will overcome the haymakers from the other side.

Green Bay won’t be as exciting, but it’ll still look and play like the star of the North.

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Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Line

Green Bay 30, Minnesota 23
Line: Green Bay -1.5, o/u: 46.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5

NFL Coaches Against the Spread

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings Must See Rating: 4

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions Prediction, Game Preview

Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Sunday, September 11

Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Sunday, September 11


Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 11
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Philadelphia (0-0), Detroit (0-0)
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Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions Game Preview

Why Philadelphia Eagles Will Win

Here comes the Philadelphia passing game.

Jalen Hurts already had a good group to throw to, and then the Eagles landed AJ Brown to add to the mix. Now it all gets aired out against a Detroit secondary that struggled to get off the field, allowed the most yards per attempt, and doesn’t appear to be appreciably better.

Hurts should go off, the running game should be okay behind a terrific Eagle offensive line, and Detroit has to prove it can keep up the pace on a consistent basis.

Hurts proved time and again that he can get the O going late if things aren’t going well. Detroit did that a bit late last year, but it can’t get behind or Philly will grind it out.

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Why Detroit Lions Will Win

Here comes the Detroit running game.

D’Andre Swift and the Lion backfield are good, the offensive line is great, and now the running game should pound away a bit more.

The defense might still be a question mark even with the improvements up front, but the offense has enough parts to be more efficient. Better running game, easier third down chances, better overall offensive production – that should kick in right away against an Eagle defense that’s talented, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

The Eagles beefed up the front seven with Jordan Davis about to be a key part of the interior and with a seemingly improved linebacking corps.

Detroit will be more physical, and it’ll be better than it’s been over the last few years, but the secondary will let it down late once Hurts gets into a groove.

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions Prediction, Line

Philadelphia Eagles 26, Detroit Lions 17
Line: Philadelphia -5, o/u: 48.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5

NFL Coaches Against the Spread

Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions Must See Rating: 3

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