What We Learned Against the Eagles

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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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The defense may not boast prestigious rankings at the moment but Dom Capers’ unit has been as opportunistic as any in the league through 11 weeks. It’s no secret that the defense’s play as a whole has been elevated by the move of Clay Matthews inside. This move has decreased Green Bay’s liability in the middle of the field and has allowed Capers to be creative with the use of Matthews and Peppers in blitz packages.

In addition to Matthews, several other defensive players have stepped up, including safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, linebacker Nick Perry and nose tackle Letroy Guion. The improvements are reminiscent of the defense from the 2010 season, which lacked statistical prowess but played opponents tough for four quarters.

With only two difficult games left on the schedule, the Packers have a legitimate chance at securing the No.2 seed and a first-round bye in the NFC Playoffs by the end of the regular season. The health of the offensive line remains highly important during the six remaining games, in order to protect the team’s greatest asset.

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  1.   October 19, 2015, 9:30 pm

    I’m glad that you didn’t minimize what Rivers accomplished on Sunday. He’s one of the best QBs of all time when he’s hot, his only weakness is consistency from game to game and, sometimes from 1 half to another. The Chargers successfully protected their devastated O-line with quick timing routes and limited run plays.

    Manning will be trying to do the same thing with a weaker arm (remains to be seen if he can), but I don’t think Newton’s offense can adjust in the same way. Carolina will likely stick to their read option with a hard to bring down QB, which creates a unique challenge for our D.

    The banged up Packers won a game that they’ve typically lost in the past, with lopsided time of possessions and the offense playing down to their opponents. That builds confidence in me, and hopefully in the team and coaches as well.

    Hard to count on having a healthy team by the end of the season. We’ve been banged up more than most teams by week 17, and this season appears to be on that same track. But the next man up philosophy, McCarthy’s involvement in all phases of the game, and the young talent on this team are all playing important roles in these wins. Regardless of who’s on the field, I’m feeling very good about our playoffs success this year. Go Pack go! 🙂

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