The Philadelphia Eagles are set to face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon, and for the second straight year, they’re headed to Wisconsin on a losing streak. A year ago, the Birds were able to score perhaps their most impressive win of the season on a Thursday night. This year, Philadelphia is trying to snap a three-game skid.
The Packers, though, certainly won’t make it easy. Aaron Rodgers is playing at an MVP level again, and he has a complement of playmakers surrounding him. Plus, there’s plenty of talent on the defensive of the ball.
But the Eagles have been at their best in the past when their backs are against the wall. And at 3-7-1 and a half-game out of first place in the NFC East, they are still very much in the mix for a postseason berth.
These are the six things the Eagles can do at the Packers on Sunday to get going on the right path.
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1. Get Travis Fulgham involved early and often.
Fulgham, who spent a bit more than a week with the Packers in August, was one of the NFL’s most productive receivers for a four-game stretch in October into November. But in the three games since, he has just four catches for 32 yards. He was not targeted in Week 12 until the fourth quarter. His production has dried up on an offense that needs all of the help it can get. Even with Green Bay’s stable of corners — Fulgham could end up going against rising star Jaire Alexander — the Eagles need to feed Fulgham. He’s shown he can make plays. Give him the chance to do it.
2. Contain Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams.
While DK Metcalf’s stat line against Darius Slay last week was eye-catching, the Eagles defense played an overall good game. Metcalf got his, but nobody else did, and it should have been enough to win. The Eagles run into a similar situation with Rodgers and Adams this weekend. Adams had 10 catches for 180 yards while going against Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox last season, and he should be in for a heavy workload Sunday. But if the Eagles can keep Rodgers and Adams out of the end zone, it doesn’t necessarily matter how many yards they get.
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3. Feed Miles Sanders.
Sanders had his least productive game of the season against the Seahawks with six carries for 15 yards. A year ago, he had his breakout game against the Packers with 11 carries for 72 yards. The Packers defense has good pass rushers and a stout anchor on the line in Kenny Clark, but the unit has been susceptible in the run game this season. The Packers have given up the eighth-highest opponent yards per carry average this season, but they’ve seen the eighth-fewest carries. The Eagles need to keep things close so they can let Sanders utilize his talent.
4. Pound the interior of the offensive line.
The Eagles offensive line injury issues have been well-documented, but the Packers are dealing with some of their own. Green Bay lost starting right guard Lane Taylor to a season-ending injury in Week 1, and then starting center Corey Linsley suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for a couple weeks. Rookie Jon Runyan Jr. is supposed to make his first career start with left guard Elgton Jenkins moving to center. So there’s some inexperience and some moving parts, and that should be something that Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson and Javon Hargrave can take advantage of.