The Green Bay Packers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 30-16 to improve to 9-3. The Packers had control of this game and were flying high (pun intended). The Eagles made it a game late in the 4th after a punt return for a touchdown by Jalen Reagor. Aaron Jones was able to cement the victory with an impressive 77-yard touchdown run. Here are some of the big takeaways from the Packers victory.
Packers pass rush
Heading into this game Za’Darius Smith had been the only consistent pass rush from the Packers. That changed Sunday afternoon. The Packers front seven totaled seven sacks, including 1.5 sacks from Zadarius and Rashan Gary. Kingsley Keke lead the team with two sacks. The biggest reason the defense was able to hold the Eagles offense to nine points was the consistent pressure they were able to put on Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts.
Eagles pass rush
The Eagles pass rush had consistently been one of the bright spots on a porous Eagles team. They rank second in the league with a total of 38 sacks but were unable to get pressure on Rodgers for most of the game, sacking Rodgers only twice. The front seven was unable to disrupt the rhythm of Rodgers and the passing game which gave up 30 points, including three touchdowns by Rodgers.
Head coach Matt LaFleur needs to be in the discussion as one of the best play-callers in the league. Week in and week out, LaFleur is always putting the Packers offense in good situations.
After the victory against the Chicago Bears in week 12, Rodgers said “Lafleur called the perfect game.”
The same could be said against the Eagles as well. While Rodgers had another great game and made some other-worldly throws, LaFleur made it easy for the offense for most of the game. A mixture of sweeps, motion, and play-action left the Eagles secondary and linebackers confused on where the ball was nearly every play. The biggest example, was a motion, play-action pass where tight end Marcedes Lewis slipped out behind the linebackers and Rodgers found him for an easy 36-yard completion. If LaFleur can continue his brilliant play-calling, the Packers offense will be hard to stop come January.