By: Jake Goldman
Packers Offense: The 2019 Packers look completely revamped. This is not your normal Aaron Rodgers led Packers though. The Packers are only 24th in the league in points per game. Rodgers is throwing for 197 yards per game and the rushing attack is a mediocre 89.3 yards per game. This version of the Packers offense is struggling to explode, but that does not mean they do not have the capabilities to do so. Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Jimmy Graham are more than decent options for Rodgers. One would expect the Packers offense will get going eventually and soon.
Eagles Defense: On the other side of this game, the 2019 Eagles defense has been up and down. Another year, another year of struggle for the Eagles defensive backfield. They are ranked 29th in the league in total yards allowed, making the match-up against Rodgers that much more scary. The Eagles continue to stuff the run well, but with that being said it is more so due to lack of need to rush against the Eagles. The defensive backs have been left out to dry by a bad pass rush that has seen a total of 2 sacks this season. Going into Lambeau against Rodgers seems like a bad combo for this Eagles defense.
Packers Defense: The 2019 Packers defense has been the star of the show for their team. The Packers invested in a bunch of stout defensive free agents across the board and it has paid dividends. They rank 2nd in points allowed this season. They have only allowed 1 passing touchdown thus far this season. This defense headlined by Adrian Amos, seems to be a force to be reckoned within the NFC. Second year player Jaire Alexander has stepped into the role of a lock-down corner in this league. The additions of Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith have fortified the defensive front. If there is one weakness of this defense it is in the run defense. The Packers have given up 3 rushing touchdowns and 4.9 yards per carry thru 3 weeks.
Eagles Offense: In week 1, the Eagles looked like a legit offense in the NFC. After injuries to top targets though, the team has struggled to move the ball consistently. The stats for the Eagles are not bad. They rank 9th in total points. The problem for the Eagles this year has been execution and consistency. The Eagles rank 20th in turnovers with 5 of them in 3 games. Though this has not been Carson Wentz’s mistakes, the playmakers around him have lost 3 fumbles this year. The Eagles lack of execution may be due to the injuries they sustained to WRs Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson. Alshon Jeffery is expected to be in action for Thursday, but Desean Jackson will not be available. For the Eagles sake, they would hope the addition of Jeffery will help their execution holding onto the football and keeping the chains moving.
Prediction: The Eagles are a desperate team, and desperate teams fair well generally. Especially when the opposition is nursing a (3-0) head start. Rodgers will play well, but the Packers defense has faced questionable competition so far. I expect Thursday night to be a high scoring affair.
Packers 34 – Eagles 37