The Green Bay Packers are coming off a blowout victory against the Bears in a 41-25 victory at Lambeau Field. Now they need to carry that momentum over to this Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles who are coming off an embarrassing loss on Monday. They need to keep focus as the Packers are in control of their own destiny in the NFC at 8-3. Also the Eagles are going to come in desperate for a win to save their season which is slipping away fast. With that being said, here are the keys to victory against the Eagles.
Key #1: Stop Miles Sanders and the Run Game
It is like a broken record every week when we keep saying that the Packers need to stop the run and that it is still the main weakness. Despite the win against Chicago, the Packers couldn’t stop the run and that is concerning. The Eagles, when they beat us last year, exposed our weak run defense and ran the ball down our throats. Expect the same thing this Sunday as the Packers will get a solid dose of Miles Sanders, who is a real solid running back in this league. The Packers have to stop Sanders as the Eagles will try to run the ball heavy to help a struggling Carson Wentz. This will be a long day for the Packers defense if Miles Sanders gets going early and often.
Key #2: Mike Pettine Needs to be on the Attack All Game
Mike Pettine improved a bit against the Chicago Bears as he made Mitch run for his life most the game and wasn’t playing so soft. He needs to do that again against the Eagles, especially when Carson Wentz is the most sacked QB in the NFL this season. Unlike last year, the Eagles don’t have the guys on the offensive line like Lane Johnson who is out for the year with a ankle injury. There is no excuse for a lack of pressure on Carson Wentz. The Packers also need to get physical with the receivers because the Eagles struggled against press man corners on Monday night. This will be a test to see if Mike Pettine can build off the performance against the Bears. As Matt Lafleur stated, that he needs a complete game from the defense lets see if they can this Sunday.
Key #3: Need Jon Runyan to be Great Again
Corey Linsley is going to be out for a couple of weeks. This means that Elgton Jenkins will move to center and the rookie Jon Runyan will get his first official NFL start. He has come in and played really well when his number has been called. That has been huge with the injuries along the offensive line. Now he will get tested again when he meets Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargaves, two solid interior defensive linemen for the Eagles. He has answered the bell many times and is looking like the steal of the draft. Now the Packers need him to come up big again as he will be the starter at left guard this Sunday.
Key #4: Stay Focused Don’t Overlook the Eagles
The Packers have to stay focused on what is in front of them and not take the Eagles lightly. Yes, the Eagles are not good this year, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook them. Last year the Eagles came into our house and gave us a fight and came out with the win. I know the Packers don’t want that to happen again. The Eagles are in desperation mode and need this win to keep their season alive. They will come with energy and won’t lay down for us. This will test the Packers in being consistent. We will see if they will keep the same energy that they had against the Bears. Hopefully the Packers stayed prepared and come out victorious, but we will see on Sunday.
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