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O'Hara: Final thoughts on today's game at Philadelphia

Posted Oct 14, 2012

The Lions’ secondary will have its energizer back for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Safety Louis Delmas is expected to play for the first time this year.

PHILADELPHIA– The Lions’ secondary will have its energizer back for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

Safety Louis Delmas is expected to play for the first time this year. He gave every indication that he would play in his early warm-ups.

Delmas wore his game pants and did some individual drills more than two hours before kickoff.

The Lions have missed his speed and range, but also the intangibles he brings to the defense. He plays with an energy level that is contagious.

Vick’s risks: Unless he's starting to hang on to the ball, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick could help the Lions’ defense solve one of its biggest problems of the season.

The Lions have created only three turnovers – all fumble recoveries. They haven’t intercepted a pass.

Vick has had 11 turnovers, with six interceptions and five fumble recoveries. To help cure his fumbling problem, Vick carried a football almost everywhere he went last week.

“Not to put too much emphasis on it, but to continuously remind myself that I have to take care of the football," Vick told reporters in Philadelphia during the week. "You want to go out there and make it happen."

Sack dance: The Lions hope to get to Vick the way they got to Randall Cunningham in a 13-11 win at Philly in 1986. They had 11 sacks. Keith Ferguson led the way with four.

In the first five games, the Lions have nine sacks, and only two in the last two games.

Even up: The Lions and their four opponents both have run the ball 100 times. The Lions have been out-gained, 411 yards to 361 but have four rushing TDs compared to one for the opposition.

Philly has relied on the running game more, with 151 runs in its first five games and 661 yards rushing.

Weather: The City of Brotherly Love smiled on both teams. There was hazy sun at kickoff, and temperatures close to 60. Perfect football weather.

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