By: Bill Tewes, Mark Prott, & Jim Boyce
The Packers lost yet again, and with their playoff hopes sinking look to stop the bleeding in the City of Brotherly Love.
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The Packers are a dumpster fire right now. Giving up yards and points over the last four weeks in ways that haven’t been seen in decades. Nothing really points to Green Bay winning on Monday, and yet I feel as if this might be one they pull off. The Eagles are dealing with a bit of a slide themselves, as they now sit at 5-5 after a 3-0 start.
One thing that gives me some hope for a Packers victory is that the Eagles do not appear to have the passing game to expose Green Bay’s secondary the way the Redskins did. Carson Wentz has played well for a rookie, but has clearly been asked by the Eagles coaches to not take any risks. The Eagles receivers are a pretty pitiful group. Jordan Matthews is a decent option, but Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor have reached the point in their careers where they need to do something or they might be out of the league within a couple seasons. The Packers secondary might actually be bad enough to let this group do some damage, to me this the key for Monday.
The Eagles front seven is good enough that they might derail the Packers offense entirely, but if Rodgers can get some time to throw he should be able to exploit the cornerbacks. I said last week that the offense needed to get off to a fast start and it’s true again this week. If the Packers open with three straight three and outs we likely will be in for a very long night.
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The Packers and Eagles appear to be pretty similar teams right now on paper. Both are struggling mightily over the past month and their respective playoff chances are all but dead barring some sort of remarkable season turnaround. Neither team is all that inspiring on either side of the ball. The main reason I’m going with the Eagles is because they are at home and head into Monday Night Football with a 4-0 home record this season.
Carson Wentz has had a decent rookie year and looks to have a bright future. While I don’t see him lighting the Packers defense up in the same way Cousins or Mariota recently did, I predict he can make his share of plays with the trio of Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz, and the seemingly ageless Darren Sproles. The Packers have been showing a leaky run defense lately, which they can ill afford. Even though I’m hopeful the return of Damarious Randall and Jake Ryan should help to some degree, I’m still not confident the defense can prevent the big plays from happening, which has been their achilles heel of late.
In a pleasant surprise, the return of Jared Cook seemed to add another dimension to the Packers offense last week. It will be interesting to see if Rodgers and Cook can build on their performance from last week or if more inconsistency will again plague the offense. The guess here is the inconsistent play will result in field goals instead of touchdowns, which will prove costly. Christine Michael was reportedly impressive in practice this past week but that means nothing if it doesn’t translate to the field. The Packers desperately need to find a running game.