I think the Eagles will beat the Green Bay Packers this Sunday. The Packers aren’t a great football team. They’re good, but not dominant, unless you give them points by going to sleep on Aaron Rodgers and their receivers. The victory will make them the talk of the National Football League, so I encourage you to get ready for quite a ride down the stretch.
The key defensively to stopping the Packers is the Eagles defensive line and linebackers being able to make plays on a scrambling Rodgers, and not letting him extend plays then make big completions down the field. Of course it’s easier said than done, but I like the way the Birds have been able to keep quarterbacks in the pocket, then make plays on them as the quarterbacks try to escape.
Pass rushing linebackers Connor Barwin, Trent Cole and Brandon Graham will all play key roles in getting the job done and I think they’re up to it. You’re going to hear from defensive end Vinny Curry, as well as big Fletcher Cox and Cedrick Thornton. The Eagles defensive front is very disciplined and that will play a key part in keeping Rodgers contained.
Rodgers is a very good athlete, but he will take chances with the football when he’s trying to create big plays. Many times he’s holding the ball in one hand and it can be knocked loose for a fumble or two. I see a couple of turnovers for the Packers from Rodgers trying to do too much.
I can’t stress enough how important it is that the Eagles secondary force Rodgers and the Packers to be patient. It’s Friday, the Eagles safeties and corners should start backing up right now. They can’t afford to give up the big play and make things easy for the Packers. They must force them to put together 10 plus play drives to score touchdowns. They can’t let Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb escape their attention at any time during the game.
Any time Rodgers escapes the pocket, the Eagles cornerbacks and safeties had better know what Nelson and Cobb are up to and where exactly they are on the field. Communication will play a very prominent role in the success of the defensive secondary this week. Each play should begin with them identifying where Nelson and Cobb are lined up, then continued to communicate throughout the play.
I like the Eagles offense led by Mark Sanchez and their chances of having success against the Green Bay Packers defense. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will likely be lining up at the inside linebacker on run downs and outside linebacker on pass downs. The Birds should run at him and give him plenty of misdirection to get him confused.
Rotating the running backs, LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk will also give him plenty to think about. I expect the Birds to run the ball well and thereby take the pressure of Sanchez.
The Birds quarterback will have time to throw the football and he just needs to take what the defense gives him. Sanchez and the Eagles offense will have a big day, thanks to Chip Kelly’s game plan and play designs.
I expect the Birds to win it convincingly, 38-24. The Birds won’t be handed the Lombardi Trophy after this win, but they’ll now be slated as one of the teams in the running for the big one. Monday isn’t a holiday, so you must go to work!!!! LOL