Packers vs Eagles Live,Green Bay will take on Philadelphia at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday at home. Green Bay has the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency. Eagles coming off two consecutive losses and unbeaten Packers at Lambeau suggests a Week 4 kickoff worthy of your eyeballs.
Green Bay won the only game these two teams have played in the last five years.
The Green Bay Packers have opened a season 4-0 just three times in the last 20 years. The 2007 Packers went on to reach the NFC Championship Game, while the 2011 and 2015 teams made the divisional playoffs.
How To Watch
When: Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET
Where: Lambeau Field — Green Bay, Wisconsin
TV: Amazon Prime Video
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Ticket Cost: $69.00
The Packers brought a two-game winning streak into their contest against Denver last week; they left with a three-game streak. Green Bay walked away with a 27-16 win. No one put up better numbers for them than WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who really brought his A game. He caught six passes for 99 yards and one touchdown.
Meanwhile, if Philadelphia was expecting to get some payback for the 24-23 defeat against Detroit the last time they met, then they were left disappointed. It was close but no cigar for Philadelphia as they fell 27-24 to Detroit. This makes it the second loss in a row for the Eagles.
Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz was the frontrunner for MVP honors two years ago, but tore his ACL in Week 13. He seems to be all the way back.
Wentz is playing terrific football and ranks No. 3 among all quarterbacks by Pro Football Focus. Wentz has thrown six touchdowns and two interceptions, despite playing with a depleted wide receiver group that has struggled with drops.
The Eagles employ a running back-by-committee approach with Miles Sanders (106 yards), ex-Bear Jordan Howard (99 yards) and ageless Darren Sproles.
Sanders, a second-round draft pick in April, has versatility and breakaway speed. Howard is a grinder who is used more on early downs and short yardage. Sproles, 36, can still run away from people and is a threat in the passing game.
Green Bay has run the ball 45.6% of the time, up 11.4% from a year ago. The problem is the Packers aren’t running it well, ranking just 24th with 89.3 yards per game.
The Eagles are expecting to get standout Alshon Jeffery (calf) back this week. Jeffery left Philadelphia’s Week 2 game in Atlanta after just six snaps, then didn’t play last week.
Speedy DeSean Jackson (abdominal strain) is not expected to play, though. That means slot man Nelson Agholor, who has struggled with drops, will be a greater part of the gameplan. Tight end Zach Ertz, a two-time Pro Bowler, ranks among the best in football at his position.
Green Bay standout Davante Adams ranks just 42nd in the league in targets (21). The Packers must get him the ball more.
The Packers’ front five kept Aaron Rodgers remarkably clean against Denver last week. Not only wasn’t Rodgers sacked a single time, he was only hit once all day.
Desperate Eagles coming off two consecutive losses and unbeaten Packers at Lambeau suggests a Week 4 kickoff worthy of your eyeballs. The need-it-more factor is clearly in Philly’s corner if you attach much weight to that sort of intangible stuff, and it could be why the point spread fell from 4 1/2. But most everything else more quantifiable points to Aaron Rodgers and the Gee Bees. Pack’s stout pass defense and a rush that already has produced 12 sacks should make it a struggle for Carson Wentz. Especially because he will likely be missing DeSean Jackson (groin) again, and have Alshon Jeffery (calf) at less than 100 percent even if he plays. And the burden on Wentz is only underlined by Philly’s mediocre ground game. I would shy away from an over/under (45) that could be volatile, but feel pretty good about Mr. Rodgers in his neighborhood covering a modest point spread.
Green Bay’s victory lifted them to 3-0 while Philadelphia’s defeat dropped them down to 1-2. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: The Packers enter the game with only 4 touchdowns allowed, good for second best in the league. As for the Eagles, they rank second in the league when it comes to rushing yards allowed per game, with only 57 on average. We’ll find out if either of these strengths ends up making the difference in the matchup.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwarz won’t blitz very often. Instead, he’ll ask his front four to generate consistent pressure, something they haven’t done enough to start the year.
Fletcher Cox is one of the top defensive tackles in football, but has started slow (no sacks, three tackles). End Brandon Graham has 42.5 career sacks, but zero this season.
Eagles’ top corner Ronald Darby (hamstring) won’t play, meaning Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas will start on the outside. Neither player is close to special. Free safety Rodney McLeod and strong safety Malcolm Jenkins are one of the top duos in football.
Green Bay, which had the NFL’s worst special teams a year ago, reverted to form last week. The Packers allowed a 60-yard kickoff return, had a pair of critical penalties and kicker Mason Crosby missed from 45 yards.
Kick returner Miles Sanders and punt returner Darren Sproles give the Eagles a solid 1-2 punch. Jake Elliott is an extremely dependable field goal kicker (84.8%), while punter Cam Johnston (50.7 average) is one of the best in the game.
Green Bay rookie head coach Matt LaFleur, who was brought to town for his offensive acumen, can’t get the Packers’ offense on track. Green Bay ranks 28th in yards per game (286.7) and 23rd in points (19.3). Fortunately for LaFleur, veteran defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has his unit excelling.