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News & notes from around the web for October 14, 2012

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Eagles-Lions Scouting Report
Never underestimate an NFL team that desperately needs a victory.backed up against a wall. The Lions are off to a disappointing1-3 start after last season's 10-6 record and playoff appearance. They appeared to be a team on the climb. But the Lions have a number of issues - a deficient pass defense, an anemic run game, and historically poor special teams - that have them taking steps backward.

A look on film at the Lions-Eagles matchup – Blogging the bEast
If I’m Juan Castillo, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is covering Calvin Johnson all day, and I’m giving him additional help whenever I can.

Cheat Sheet: Eagles' Offense Vs. Lions' Defense - Birds 24/7
The numbers show the Lions are allowing 28.5 points per game, but that’s a little deceiving when you consider they’ve given up four special-teams scores in the last two games. Football Outsiders has Detroit ranked 20th overall – 24th against the pass and 15th against the run. Like the Eagles, the Lions’ attack revolves around getting pressure up front with their defensive line. They’ve got talent at linebacker, but their cornerbacks are not on the same level as the Birds.

Eagles-Lions: What the (cough) experts say
Our Eagles experts check in with Week 6 predictions, noting that if Calvin Johnson can be held in check, the Eagles' chances stand strong.

Jackson growing as WR despite few big plays
DeSean Jackson doesn't have any long touchdowns this season, but he's been more consistent and sure-handed than ever.

Washburn preaches perseverance as D-line sees drop in sacks
After the Eagles were held without a sack for the second straight game Sunday, Jim Washburn's wife Sandy wrote a Bible verse on a Post-it Note and gave it to the frustrated defensive-line coach to put on his desk at the NovaCare complex. Galatians 6:9 reads: "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."