The Eagles come flying into Thursday’s matchup against an undefeated Green Bay Packers team following a tough loss to the Lions. Playing at Lambeau Field is always a tough task, but especially in primetime. The Eagles are hoping to avoid a three-game losing streak. Here are the crew’s predictions for the game:
Alex Whitney (2-1)
Well, this isn’t the start the Eagles wanted or expected. Coming off back-to-back close losses to two teams they should have beaten, and now facing a Green Bay team on a short week is a tall task. The secondary is banged up and struggling while the defensive line hasn’t gotten to the quarterback at all. Desean Jackson will remain sidelined but Alshon Jeffery should make his return. All told, I don’t think it’ll be enough to beat a Packers team who is starting to gain traction new Head Coach Matt Lafleur’s system. Eagles start off 1-3 and have to climb their way out.
Final Prediction: Eagles 17, Packers 30
Eric Fenstermaker (1-2)
The Eagles and Packers are going in very different directions. The Eagles have greatly underwhelmed their last two games, and the Packers have won three straight and against good teams, too. Aaron Rodgers is a dynamic play-maker, and the Eagles’ secondary hasn’t been stellar to start the 2019 campaign. The main match-ups to watch will be Rodgers against the Eagles’ secondary, and Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard vs. the Packers revamped defense. The Eagles will get some players back from injury, but I wonder if it will be enough. Once a stone gets rolling, it takes a lot of momentum to stop it. I don’t think the Eagles will have enough to get the job done, especially on a short week while losing a day of preparation due to travel.
Final Prediction: Eagles 17, Packers 27
Joe Fabiani (1-2)
The Packers surprisingly have been relying on their defense so far this season. However, they haven’t faced any top scoring offenses yet, as the Bears, Broncos, and Vikings are all in the bottom ten in passing offense. Green Bay has only given up an average of 11.7 points per game, but expect that to go up after the matchup against the Eagles as Philly is averaging 25.3 ppg. Aaron Rodgers is only averaging 215.7 passing yards per game and their running game is only averaging 89.3 ypg. The Eagles suffered another key injury as Ronald Darby is expected to be out a few weeks with a hamstring injury. However, it may be a blessing in disguise as Darby has struggled so far. The Eagles have continued to show faith in rookie Miles Sanders, but must have a big bounce-back game after coughing up the ball twice last week. I would expect to see him and Jordan Howard get a lot of carries in this game to limit Rodgers’ possessions at home. The Eagles must win the turnover battle and they can’t afford to fall behind on the road in a hostile environment. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will be back this week but I don’t expect a huge game from him. The Eagles must work the middle of the field with the running game and the tight ends. Dallas Goedert seems to have bounced back from his injury as he is listed as a full participant in practice. I do think the Eagles are capable of pulling out a victory with their backs up against the wall. However, don’t be surprised if this game comes down to stopping Rodgers and his crew at the end.
Final Prediction: Eagles 30, Packers 24
Joey Kapusta (1-2)
The Eagles loss to Detroit brought back memories of the 2016 season. There were several games in the 2016 season where the Eagles “beat themselves” with sloppy turnovers, unforced penalties, and costly mistakes. This past Sunday was reminiscent of so many of those games. Playing on a short week, against an undefeated team, on the road, is never a recipe for success. Before calling up Craig James from the practice squad, the Eagles defense had a total of three healthy corners on the active roster. I have no doubt that Aaron Rodgers will target this young secondary early and often. A good pass rush is one of the ways to combat a shaky secondary. Unfortunately, the Eagles haven’t had much of a pass rush thus far this season. Can that change this week? Rodgers is known for holding the ball longer than he should so the defensive line will be tested all game. Wentz has another good showing thanks to having Alshon back, but in the end, long drives and the inability to get off the field on third down may doom the birds. I have been wrong the last two weeks, so here is to hoping I am wrong once again.
Final Prediction: Packers 30, Eagles 27
Tyler Edgerton (1-2)
Thursday Night Football usually turn out to be unpredictable and the Eagles vs Packers seems to be just that. A lot of chatter surrounding both these teams as we head into week four. The Eagles have had some misfortune this season but also have failed to execute a full sixty minutes. The matchup of quarterback Carson Wentz and Aaron Rodgers is an intriguing one as they both have similar styles. The Eagles offensive game plan should try to attack the Packers run defense as they’re giving up over 130 yards per game, while the Eagles pass defense must improve. I’m not so sure this is week the week that happens as Rodgers has already told the Green Bay media he feels it’s his turn to carry the team. It’s so tough to win on the road, especially on a short week – yet the Eagles have won their last three Thursday Night Games. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they win this game, (especially with a sense of urgency and desperation) but I don’t expect them to.
Final Prediction: Eagles 26, Packers 30
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