The Green Bay Packers fell short to the Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 40-33. While there will always be missed calls and poor spotting by the officials in any given game, the Packers’ defense deserves all the blame for this loss. Simply put, they could not stop the run. The Eagles torched Green Bay’s rush defense for 363 yards, making Sunday night an historically bad performance for the defense. At one point, inside linebacker Isaiah McDuffie fiegned a knee injury to stop the clock. This is a common tactic of NFL players to preserve timeouts. They will go down with an “injury” so that the officials will stop the clock. The time that the trainers are on the field assessing the “injury” allows the rest of the team to regroup for the next play.
Isaiah McDuffie Got “Injured” Before Jaire Alexander Could Go Down
In the following footage, viewers will see Isaiah McDuffie, Jaire Alexander, and several other Packers slowly making their way to the huddle after a play. McDuffie’s knee is suddenly “injured” and he falls to the ground. On the bottom left of the screen, viewers can see Alexander start a motion to fall to the ground. When he saw that McDuffie had already gone down, he simply fixed his socks.
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McDuffie played 19 defensive snaps last night, or 24% of the defense’s plays. He also played 18 special teams snaps (58%). McDuffie finished the night with three total tackles.
It is certainly fortunate that the injury was not real. The Packers are already down De’Vondre Campbell and Rashan Gary. They really cannot afford to lose any more linebackers.