Green Bay Packers
MONDAY 8:30 Lincoln Financial Field PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
NEEDS TO STEP UP:
DT Fletcher Cox: For the first time this year, I’m calling out the big guy. Even if he doesn’t record a sack, we need Cox to crush the pocket and keep the Packers QB from being able to step into his throws consistently.
WE MUST CONTAIN:
QB Aaron Rodgers: Like I said in my Four Things article, if we shut down Rodgers, we shut down the Packers. The smartest thing we can do is force him out of the pocket and to his left. When he scrambles he like to slide, then tries to get back up. If he does that, nailing the shit out of him would go a long way towards making him reluctant to run. Then you get him throwing away more balls, and either rushing or forcing some passes.
EAGLES STORY LINE:
Weeks like this are where losses to teams like the Lions and giants really hurt us. Even if we win this game and get to 6-5, we’re still on the floor of the division until at least next week. With Dallas likely to win the East, if we’re not going to tank for a better playoff spot, we’ll need to win a wild card berth. For that to happen, we need to win this Conference match-up.
We have the tools to do this job. It’s just a matter of using our tools correctly this week.
If we don’t win this game, the math starts to add up against us, in relation to a wild card spot.
EAGLES 24 – Packers 22
I agree about Cox. Not consistently crushing. Effective but not a 100 million dollar player. The D line lacks talent at DE. I like Graham but not stout enough. I was impressed with the Tampa Bay line. Sleeper team.
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I also think the problem is at DE. Barwin, Graham and Curry are all very good pass rushers, but not one of them is an overpowering presence that can drive a blocker into his QB. All of them depend on speed and angles to get home. We need a 275-290 guy to put beside Cox.
That being said, I’m still VERY high on Vinny Curry, but I like him better on a QB’s blindside. He’s more mindful of setting the edge than either Barwin or Graham. As the adage goes: Unless you know it’s a pass, play the run FIRST.