Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch tells you the things he will keep his eyes on during the Eagles-Lions game Sunday:
1. Effectiveness of those three- and four-wide receiver sets: The three-wide receiver, one-running back, one-tight end set was the Eagles’ formation of choice even before fullback Leonard Weaver went down with a season-ending knee injury. Now, it will be a way of life, particularly this week against a Lions secondary that is runway model-thin at cornerback. Detroit is going to have trouble matching up with the Eagles when they spread them out with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Riley Cooper.
2. Stopping the run without Stew: The Lions averaged less than a yard per carry in last week’s loss to the Bears, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try to run against the Eagles, who likely will be without middle linebacker Stewart Bradley. Their rookie running back, Jahvid Best, is a game-breaker. The Eagles struggled against the run after Bradley went down with a concussion against the Packers. His replacement, Omar Gaither, doesn’t bring the physicality to the MIKE position that Bradley does.
3. The new Vick?: Andy Reid insists that Mike Vick, who is expected to replace concussed quarterback Kevin Kolb, no longer is the undisciplined, tuck-it-and-run guy who used to play for the Falcons. Reid says Vick has learned the fundamentals of playing the position and can stay in the pocket and go through his progressions. With the Lions expected to try to pin him in the pocket, we’ll see how far — or how little — he’s come.