Though expectations differ for these two teams, they are in pretty much the same position headed into Week 3.
With a healthy Carson Wentz, the Philadelphia Eagles came into the season expected to be the class of the NFC. After a disappointing 2018, the Detroit Lions have been expected to be the same old Lions. Right now, both teams look decent, but not great.
Despite the Eagles’ narrow loss to the Falcons last week, they are still trending upward. Quarterback Carson Wentz played well last week, especially in the second half. And this was despite missing several top receiving options. Wentz was forced to rely on average receiver Nelson Agholar due to injuries.
DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey may miss this week as well, so while things are going to get better for Wentz, they may not improve before this matchup. The Eagles would like to see at least one of their running backs establish themselves to take the pressure off of Wentz’s depleted passing options.
Philly’s offense should recover soon, but the defense has become more of a concern. Timmy Jernigan is going to miss a big chunk of time, and a pass rush that has been imperfect just got weaker. With the Eagles secondary also struggling, Jernigan heads to the sidelines at a tough time.
Though the Lions upset the Chargers last week, Detroit also has some concerns to look at going forward. Matt Stafford threw two terrible interceptions on Sunday. Luckily, wide receiver Kenny Golladay and running back Kerryon Johnson both showed flashes of brilliance to help overcome these turnovers.
The Detroit secondary played okay on Sunday, but if it wasn’t for one game-changing interception by an overmatched Darius Slay, it isn’t hard to imagine the game going the other direction. The Lions’ defensive line and linebackers have been pathetic thus far, and solid secondaries break down when quarterbacks get too much time to throw.
You have to give the edge to the Eagles here, but both teams need to improve in the coming weeks.
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions
- When: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1pm ET
- Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Streaming: FOX, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Eagles vs. Lions on streaming platforms that carry FOX. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Eagles vs. Lions live stream: How to watch NFL online
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels, NBCSN, and FS1—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “it’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Eagles vs. Lions: Why it matters
This match looks a little more even than it did two weeks ago. Thus far, the Lions are undefeated, and though the wins haven’t been pretty, you can’t take that away from them. Nonetheless, Detroit will need more than narrow lucky victories to compete in a tough NFC North.
If the Eagles are going to hang with the Cowboys, they need to become a more complete team. While injuries are bound to happen, they can’t be an excuse. This Philadelphia team needs to find enough depth to win without everyone at full strength.
Looking at both rosters overall, you have to give the edge to the Eagles, but neither team is playing perfect football early this season.
If the Lions can string together a few wins, they may be more competitive than people expected. If the Eagles drop another game or two, their path to the playoffs could become more difficult, despite finally having a health Carson Wentz.
Though it is still early in the season, Week 3 could be the key to either of these teams rewriting their destiny.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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