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Eagles vs. Lions 2019: TV schedule, live stream and storylines for NFL Week 3

Eagles vs. Lions 2019: TV schedule, live stream and storylines for NFL Week 3

The Eagles (1-1) will host the Lions (1-0-1) at the Linc this Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Here’s everything you need to know: 

12 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP 
1 p.m.: Eagles vs. Lions on FOX 
4 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP
6 p.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBCSP 

The FOX broadcasters for this game are Thom Brennaman (play by play), Chris Spielman (color) and Shannon Spake (sideline). 

Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP. 

A long list of injuries 

The Eagles are banged up heading into this game. That includes three important skill position players: Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert. 

Without those guys in this game, the Eagles will have to rely on backups. That includes Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega Whiteside. 

On defense, they’ll be without Tim Jernigan (broken foot), who had already replaced the injured Malik Jackson at defensive tackle. 

Two games in five days 

The Eagles in some ways are already preparing for Thursday Night Football. They had a walkthrough on Wednesday and so did the Packers in Green Bay. Both teams play at 1 p.m. on Sunday and then against on Thursday, Sept. 26 in Green Bay. Because that game in Green Bay will be a tough one to win, this one against the Lions is extremely important. 

Hard to figure 

This Lions team is a tough one to understand. They let the Cardinals come back and tie them in the opener and then took down a potential playoff team in the Chargers in Week 2. Ultimately, they’re probably just a mediocre team that’s destined for 7-9 wins, but the Eagles certainly can’t take them lightly on Sunday. 

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Alshon Jeffery misses 2nd straight day of Eagles practice

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Alshon Jeffery misses 2nd straight day of Eagles practice

Alshon Jeffery missed practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury on Thursday, putting his status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots very much in question. 

It’s rare for an Eagles player to miss the first two days of practice in a week and play that weekend. 

On Wednesday, head coach Doug Pederson said Jeffery was “day to day” with the ankle injury he suffered in the Bears game before the bye week. He left that game early, but then had an extra week to rest. 

Earlier in the season, Jeffery suffered a calf injury early in the game against Atlanta. It’s possible he’s been playing through injury for most of the season, which would help to explain his drop in production. 

In eight games this season, the 29-year-old receiver has just 34 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns. He’s on pace for his worst statistical season since his rookie year in 2012. 

On Wednesday, I asked Pederson about Jeffery’s dip in production. 

“Well, I think with having Dallas [Goedert] a little more involved in the offense, the ball gets spread around a little bit more. The times we have gone to Alshon, he's made plays,” Pederson said. 

It’s worth noting that Jeffery is tied for the team lead in drops with three. He’s one of five Eagles with three drops this season. 

“His value to the offense has been very good,” Pederson continued. “The ball's going to find the open guy. Sometimes he's the primary, sometimes he's not. He might be the secondary or the third guy in the progression. He's a guy that gives of himself to the team. That's who Alshon is. He doesn't gripe or complain. He does battle through injury. He's battled through it his whole career. He's battled through it here. He's a tough kid.

“We continue to game plan. We game plan for him every week. Again, it's my job to try to dial up as many plays as I can for him.”

If Jeffery doesn't play on Sunday, look for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside or Jordan Matthews to have a big role. 

The only other notable player missing at Thursday’s practice was Nigel Bradham, who will likely miss his fourth straight game this Sunday with an ankle injury of his own. 

Jason Peters (knee) and Jordan Howard (shoulder) were both practicing Thursday after being listed as limited on Wednesday. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is running the recipe?

Eagle Eye podcast: Is running the recipe?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at the Eagles’ final seven games and try to figure out if they can win with a run-first mentality. 

Plus, they go over the wacky transcript from receivers coach Carson Walch. Alshon Jeffery might be a big problem. 

Phil Perry from NBC Sports Boston joins the pod to talk about this matchup against the Patriots and how much New England is looking back at Super Bowl LII. 

• Looking at the final seven games
• Is running really the recipe? 
• Carson Walch didn’t produce either
• Alshon Jeffery might be a problem 
• Phil Perry joins the pod 
• A closer look at Eagles-Patriots matchups
• Watching the Super Bowl objectively 

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