Just like the Eagles, the Lions starting quarterback had to leave the game last week due to an injury. Matthew Stafford suffered a shoulder injury, so the Eagles will see his backup, Shaun Hill, this Sunday.
Hill didn’t bring a whole lot of excitement in relief of Stafford, finishing with a quarterback rating of 38.9 against the Bears. However, I don’t want to see the Eagles defense play down to him.
Against the Packers, the Eagles did a good job of getting in Aaron Rodgers’ face. They recorded three sacks on Rodgers and forced him to throw two interceptions. He was able to make some plays on the run, but it was nice to see the Eagles forcing him out of the pocket.
The defense needs to generate the same kind of pressure this weekend and make it a very unpleasant game for Hill. If they get in his face early, I can see the Eagles generating a lot of turnovers on Sunday.
Although he might not be an elite quarterback, Hill has a few nice weapons to target offensively. Calvin Johnson is a very good player and would probably be regarded much higher if he had a consistent quarterback in Detroit. They also have young guys like Jahvid Best and Brandon Pettigrew who can potentially make plays with the ball in their hands.
The Lions offensive line was suspect against the Bears, as Best was only able to rush for 20 yards on 14 carries. It doesn’t seem like their pass protection was much better as they threw for less than 150 yards.
That being said, I think that Hill is a guy the Eagles can get to and force into making mistakes. If they let him have a good game, there’s going to be a lot of question marks surrounding the ability of this defense. However, I don’t see them having this problem.
Come Sunday, I expect to see the Eagles putting Hill on his back all game.