Jim Schwartz's Detroit Lions entered the 2012 season with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, but Week 6 holds what is close to a must-win game against the Philadelphia Eagles. At 1-3, the Lions still have plenty of time to turn their season around, but the pressure is mounting with division foes like the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings streaking out to 4-1 records.
The Eagles, meanwhile, will enter the game at 3-2 but with no shortage of turmoil themselves. Despite defeating a couple of the better teams in the NFL (Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants), there have been questions about the team's quarterback situation. Michael Vick has thrown six touchdowns on the season, but also six interceptions, and has also fumbled the ball five times, losing two of them in a one-point loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
That said, the Eagles offense will pose a test for Detroit's defense, which will have to contain Philadelphia's multitude of offensive weapons. The good news on the other side of the ball for the Lions is that Matthew Stafford should have plenty of time to throw the ball -- the Eagles' top-notch pass rush from last year has fallen off this year, totaling only seven sacks on the season.
After Sunday's game, one team will continue to deal with the mounting pressure of massive expectations. The other will likely have quieted critics -- well, for a week at least. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on FOX.