Review~ the Packers showed what turnovers can do to a far superior team…blast an inferior team out of the water. Then, like week 1, the Packers’ defense allows a concerning number of garbage-time yards and points.
The major difference, easily seen by anyone, was QB-play. Trubisky finished: 26/46, 242 yards, 3TD, 2INT, 74.7 RAT. Whereas Rodgers lit up the Bears’ 6th ranked defense for: 21/29, 211 yards, 4TD, 0INT, 132.3 RAT. Completely controlling the game and walking away with an easy victory. The issue, as typical with this season is the defense. This sentence may get lost in the fray, but the defense will likely show up enough to give the offense an opportunity to win the game and after the missed opportunity…well, let’s focus on the now.
Preview~ enter the Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1, 3rd in the NFC East, .5 GB). Head Coach, Doug Pederson is coaching for his job – as of this morning, it seems that this is a must-win in order for the 2017 Super Bowl-winning Head Coach to keep his job. This is what happens when you tie your career to the wrong QB (keep in mind, they decided to let Nick Foles walk and pay Carson Wentz).
The Eagles are awful on offense and actually decent at holding their opponents on defense…however are middle of the road as far as points allowed. My guess, without watching ALL of their games, is they’re awful in the field position game – translating to their opponents not having to drive all that far to score, because they do eventually score. By solely looking at the match-up, the Packers shouldn’t have an issue with the Eagles…then again this is another opportunity for the defense to shut down a potentially dangerous offense. Some (me included) still believe Doug Pederson is a solid play-caller and offensive mind. If Green Bay can hold Philadelphia to under 20 points, that would be quite the accomplishment – at least this season. Rodgers & Co. should keep pace and hang another 30+ on this Eagles team, at home. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise if they hang their third 40-burger, which would greatly help the D get into a groove.
As it currently sits, the Packers are the 2nd seed in the NFC and need to keep pace, and root for both Seattle and New Orleans to lose. The Packers currently hold the tiebreaker over each, but never hurts to gain ground.
Soo…go Falcons and Giants.