STOP “CUTTING THE CHEESE”!
By Wayne Sargent
The Green Bay Packers have been “CUT” by injuries beyond imagination.
The Philadelphia Eagles, (5-5) will host the Green Bay Packers, (4-6) next Monday at Lincoln Financial Field. While both teams are coming off losses, the Eagles love the “Stakes” at home against the Packers. Having not lost a game at home this season the Eagles are flying high in Philadelphia. These two NFC rivals first met on October 29, 1933 at City Stadium in Green Bay. The Pack won 35-9. Since then they have met 42 times, including 3 postseason games with Green Bay leading 26-16-0. The biggest blowout was won by The Pack on November 11, 1962 by a score of 49-0.
The Eagles, new head coach this season is ex-Packer quarterback Doug Pederson. Doug previously served as an Offensive Coordinator for the Eagles and most recently the Kansas City Chiefs. While Pederson played for the Pack, he was Brett Favre’s backup for many years. The Eagles, led by star rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, also have a potentially explosive running game.
For the first time in four games, the Green Bay Packers showed signs of life and the desire to win last week against the Washington Redskins. Aaron Rodgers threw for an impressive 351 yards, 3 touchdowns and earned a passing rating of 115.0 but that wasn’t enough. The Packers defense gave up 515 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Packers have been “Shredded” to the point of near depletion because of injuries. Having had their share of problems this season, Injuries, coaching, play calling and the lack of leadership has the fan’s puzzled. Now, it’s more evident than ever the injury will have an impact of any hopes of a reaching an 8th straight Playoff Game. The pass rush against the Redskins was essentially non-existent, the secondary is depleted and too many passes are being dropped or thrown off target. Hopefully with the addition of the newly acquired running back Christine Michaels and the return of tight end Jared Cook, the Pack may improve their offense but now the defense is a major concern?
My question now becomes, will Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy bring in some new talent with an attempt to save their season or will they let their demise continue? This week’s “Ultimate Prediction” The Packers drop their 5th straight to the Eagles, 35-27.