What We Learned Against the Eagles

eagles-packers-footballThe Packers’ dismantling of Chicago in Week 10 may have been their most impressive victory of the season but the blowout of Philadelphia in Week 11 was most certainly the most impressive versus a quality team. With the win, the Packers now own an important tie-breaker over the Eagles in the NFC playoff race, which figures to see at least one good team eliminated from the postseason at the end of December.

The offense stole the spotlight against the Eagles as Aaron Rodgers tossed three more touchdowns on 341 passing yards. However, the defense and special teams contributed 21 of the 53 total points, with touchdowns scored on an interception, fumble and punt return. For Julius Peppers and Casey Hayward, these touchdowns were their second on the season – simply outstanding for two players who aren’t every-down starters.

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Post-Game Rants and Raves

Okay coach sign me up I am on board now with this defense being the real deal. They held Chip 2014 PackersKelly’s high powered no huddle offense to 2 field goals until there were two minutes left in the third quarter when they finally found the end zone, By that time though Aaron Rodgers and the offense had pretty much locked up the game with a 53-20 win plucking the Eagles. The defense held McCoy to 88 yds. and Sproles to 21. The only thing the Eagles can sink their talons into about this game was Jordan Matthews had 5 receptions for 107 yds. but other than that the Packers defense owned them for sixty minutes.

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FOX Responds to Upset Viewers

FOX news sent a message to greenbaypackernation.com’s Facebook page today. Take a look and see foxwhat you think. Here is the message in its entirety:

Dear Viewer:

Thanks for your note regarding the “flex” FOX Sports employed during the NFL game you were watching. Obviously, you would have preferred us to stay with the game you were watching.

Making the call on a flex is always challenging, but our feeling is that most viewers in neutral areas of the country would prefer to be switched to a more competitive game rather than see the conclusion of a game that has become lopsided.

We understand that not everyone is going to be happy when we make such a call, especially if you’re a fan of one of the two teams playing. However, our experience tells us that a greater number of people would prefer seeing the conclusion of a contest where the outcome is still uncertain.

We appreciate your point of view and will consider it in the future.

Best regards,

FOX Sports Customer Service Team

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Breaking Down Week 11 vs. the Eagles

P_144_SM_EaglesHelmet_md[1]Coming off of one of their most impressive wins of the season, the Packers host Eagles in a game with big-time playoff implications. Having only beaten one team with a record over .500 this season, we can be sure that Mike McCarthy and the Packers are eager to strengthen their resume at home versus one of the NFC’s most talented teams on paper.

The notable absence in Sunday’s NFC showdown is Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who shredded the Green Bay defense at Lambeau last November. Instead of Foles, the Packers get Mark Sanchez, who has been surprisingly effective under Chip Kelly in two games as starter. The Packers’ limited exposure to Sanchez is a shutout win in the Meadowlands during their 2010 Super Bowl season, which featured a considerably different set of Packers defensive personnel.

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