Two teams who are trending in separate directions will meet in this week’s addition of Thursday Night football. The Philadelphia Eagles came into the season expecting to compete with the Dallas Cowboys for supremacy in the NFC East. After last weeks 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions they find themselves at 1-2 and in an early season hole. The Green Bay Packers came into the season with less expectation and some uncertainty with a new Coach bringing in a whole new offensive system and apparently butting heads with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers early on. The offense hasn’t been dominant, but it has been productive and the defense appears to be the best the team has had in several years. After last weeks 27-16 win over the Denver Broncos the Packers find themselves at 3-0.
The Eagles are on a two game losing streak after this past weekends loss. After trailing 20-10 at halftime a third quarter touchdown cut the deficit to 3 but that would be the deciding margin as the Eagles offense failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities. Malcolm Jenkins blocked a Matt Prater 47-yard field goal with 1:53 left and the Eagles had possession down by 3 but were unable to put any points on the board from there. Darren Sproles was called for offensive pass interference followed by an incomplete pass by quarterback Carson Wentz to end the game. The Eagles played without its top 2 receivers in Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey whose status for this week’s game remains up in the air. Wentz finished up 19/36 for 259 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. Those numbers will need to improve in order to get the offense back on track.
Rogers is not outing up the gaudy statistics through 3 games that have him on track to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. However, he has found a way to score points when needed and relied on a vastly improved Packers defense to close out games. On Sunday he was 17-29 for 235 yards and a touchdown. Those type of numbers would have spelled doom for the Packers in the past, but things appear to be different in Green Bay in more ways than one this season. The offensive line has been outstanding, only allow Rogers to be knocked to the ground once on Sunday. Lightning fast wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had the lone receiving touchdown of the day and 99 yards total on 6 catches.
With the short week of practice its tough to say how many changes/adjustments can make. The Packers and Eagles will both be looking to get some kid of running game going in an effort to jumpstart the offense as a whole. The Eagles have the most to lose this week as falling to 1-3 would put a huge dent in their playoff hopes. The Packers have gotten off to a dream start and will hope to continue the streak in prime Time on Thursday Night.