Eagles vs. Lions: Three must-play props for Week 1

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 12: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) fires up the crowd during pre-season game between the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles on August 12, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Football is back, and so are Philadelphia’s beloved Eagles.

This is the moment this city has been impatiently waiting for since the shellacking the Birds took at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of last season’s playoffs. Since then, Howie Roseman has not left the lab, engineering this team into one of the favorites to win the NFC after just one offseason.

With offseason additions like A.J. Brown, Haason Redick, and, most recently, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, there’s plenty of excitement building about the Philadelphia Eagles. As the team gets ready to kick the 2022 season off, you can join the fun and wager on your favorite Birds for Sunday.

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Must-play props for Eagles vs. Lions

There is plenty of discussion ongoing heading into this matchup against the Detroit Lions. While the Eagles are among the favorites to win the NFC, the Lions are a team who refuses to give up, and that could present some issues for their opponents this season.

Led by their uniquely passionate head coach Dan Campbell, the Detroit Lions are projected to improve immensely from a 2021 season that saw them go 3-13-1. The team projects to be a potential trap opponent in nearly every game, including Sunday’s.

With that being said, just as the Detroit Lions are practically a brand new team, so are the Philadelphia Eagles, who are looking to get their aerial attack going early and often this season.

Here are the must-play props for this Sunday’s game between the Eagles and Lions:

Jalen Hurts | Over Total Passing Yards

As the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to show improvement early this season, so is their quarterback, Jalen Hurts. After often struggling as a passer last season, Hurts is looking to prove all his doubters wrong this season and will have a complete assortment of assets to do just that.

The Eagles added A.J. Brown and Zach Pascal while bringing back Dallas Goedert, that’s not even to mention the projected improvements by young players like Devonta Smith, Quez Watkins, and Kenneth Gainwell. The pieces are there, and Jalen Hurts now has every opportunity to take advantage of them.

Simply put, the league could be looking at a brand new Jalen Hurts this season. Will he turn into Tom Brady overnight? Of course not, but Hurts does not seem to be the same QB who looked absolutely shook against the Bucs.

The Eagles’ offseason is expected to place an increased focus on the passing game, and in Week 1, they will absolutely look to hit the ground running — or rather, throwing.

An o/u of 230.5 for Jalen Hurts may have been the measuring stick last season, but this season, Hurts will look to make the leap, and the team is going to do everything they can to put him in that position as a starter.

Hammer the over in Week one for Jalen Hurts.

A.J. Brown | Over Total Receiving Yards

Now turning attention from Jalen Hurts to one of his best friends and now teammate, A.J. Brown. The Eagles acquired Brown expecting him to be the catalyst in their attempt to kickstart their passing offense and he will look to do just that on Sunday.

It’s been well documented that Brown was Hurts’ primary target in camp and that is a trend that will almost certainly carry over into the season. It’s not just their friendship that has led to this but also Brown’s ability as a wideout.

Look for Hurts to target Brown early and often on Sunday. Against a questionable Detroit Lions secondary, the Eagles’ new star receiver has a chance to go off for certainly more than 64.5 receiving yards.

Take the over here.

Dallas Goedert | Anytime Touchdown

While A.J. Brown is projected to be Jalen Hurts’ favorite target, Dallas Goedert is also expected to have a featured role in Philadelphia’s offense. While many consider Goedert’s career so far to be more promise than production, this season is setting up to be his breakout year.

He’s no longer sharing snaps with Zach Ertz and the Eagles are expected to run more 11 personnel this season with their revamped receiving core. This will be the freest the field will look for Goedert in his career so far and he’s expected to take full advantage of the situation.

Any Goedert prop should be encouraged but a Goedert anytime touchdown is an especially delectable selection.

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