The Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) are on the road once again visiting the Green Bay Packers (5-3) in Lambeau Field at 1 PM ET this Sunday. The Eagles are 2nd in their division and so are the Packers, but there’s only so much the “cheese-heads” can do, considering QB Aaron Rodgers’ fractured clavicle injury. And it’s bad timing because the Detroit Lions look like they have a chance at walking away with the division as long as Rodgers is hurt.
The Eagles’ spot in the division is something that they control, but as long as they play the way they did against the Oakland Raiders, everything should be fine. The game was shocking to anyone who has watched the Eagles recently. Their season has been interrupted with coaches struggling to decide who the starting quarterback is and that’s not something they can afford or win with.
Speaking of the quarterback situation, Nick Foles showed some impressive skills to say the least by throwing for seven touchdowns, tying the NFL record alongside Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning in the 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders’ pass defense wasn’t something as terrible as, say, the Buccaneers, but it proved to be a match. The Eagles scored their first offensive touchdown in two weeks and just got on a roll from there.
When it comes to Michael Vick, he is injured, and it wouldn’t be smart for the coaches to rush him in when he’s not healthy. Besides, Foles is a good quarterback and the team needs to have a consistent leader that they’re used to.
Foles and Vick have two obviously different styles. Foles is a more traditional pocket passer and Vick is a mobile quarterback. With Vick, the Eagles’ quarterback has the option to run and pass the ball. In all honesty, that’s the offense that Chip Kelly designed when he came to Philly: an explosive offense with a mobile quarterback like he had in Oregon.
But for now Kelly is starting Foles against the Pack. The only thing I worry about is their defensive front coming for Foles starting with mad-man Clay Matthews who is returning to play. But as long as LeSean McCoy does his thing, the offense can be balanced like last week.
On the flip side of the ball, QB Seneca Wallace won’t be hard to stop if they put pressure on him. But the danger is RB Eddie Lacy; he’s a big, strong back and he’s truly been the Packers’ success story this season. So to sum it up, Seneca Wallace has lessened the strength of Green Bay’s offense (minus Lacy) but they still have a good defense. And so did Oakland, but if the Eagles keep that high powered offense going they’ll be just fine.
Expect the Eagles to fly high and keep on going towards being first place in the NFC East.
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