The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t lose to the Lions last week. They beat themselves.
The Eagles are sitting at 1-2 and are at a pretty big risk of going to 1-3 on Thursday when they head to Lambeau to duel the Packers. The Eagles lost at home last week in a game that was defined by missed opportunities. Carson Wentz did everything he could to will the Birds to a victory, evading pressure and making throws into tight windows. The issue for Philadelphia was the receivers, who struggled to make clean catches.
Dallas Goedert’s dropped touchdown pass sticks out the most, though the Eagles would score later on that drive. Darren Sproles made a great catch late in the game, but he did push off of the defender, negating the catch. Nelson Agholor has also gotten a lot of criticism for his role in dropping passes. With the injuries to Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, the other wideouts really need to step up.
The Green Bay Packers enter at 3-0 and have impressive wins over the Bears and the Vikings already. The greatest revelation for the Packers has been their defense, which has allowed less than 12 points per game. They added new faces to their defense like linebackers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith and safety Adrian Amos, and they’ve made an impact to what has been a much-improved defense.
The defense hasn’t been much of an issue for the Eagles, but it may become one against Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers can sling the ball from anywhere on the field and he has good receivers, including Davante Adams.
This will be a really tough road game for the Eagles. I think this is a team that still can and will make a run at the playoffs, but don’t be surprised if the Eagles drop this one on the road. I expect the offense to have a tough time and ultimately end up being the reason the Eagles lose.
Final Score: Eagles, 13. Packers, 24.