"They're still putting up points, they're still putting up yards, and they've still got Aaron Rodgers back there, who's still playing at a high level," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. "Obviously, they're not necessarily getting the results that they want in wins. But if you take the scoreboard off of the tape and just watch the game, their offense is still moving the ball. . . . So I don't think their record necessarily reflects what they're doing offensively."
Through 10 games, Rodgers has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 2,761 yards, 25 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. That's somehow considered a down year for a passer who has a career quarterback rating of 103.4 and whom Eagles coach Doug Pederson called a future Hall of Famer.
During the four-game losing streak, Rodgers averaged 316.25 yards, three touchdowns, and fewer than one interception per game. He also averaged 40.75 rushing yards per game during that skid, and he's on pace for a career-high 414 rushing yards.
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"I feel like we can run the table. I really do," Rodgers said. "The offense is starting to click a little bit more. We've just got to put together a game where we're more consistent from the first snap to the last."
Before they can win six in a row, the Packers (4-6) have to win one. It won't be easy Monday night at Philadelphia.
The Eagles (5-5) are 4-0 at home, including a 34-3 rout over Pittsburgh in Week 3, a 21-10 win against Minnesota last month and a 24-15 victory over Atlanta two weeks ago. They've outscored opponents 108-38 at the Linc.
A night game means fans have more time to tailgate and get riled up for the opponent. Rodgers recalled a Monday night game in Philly in 2006 when he was still Brett Favre's backup.
"(They were) screaming and yelling at me about getting the splinters out of my butt," Rodgers said. "Give them credit. A good trash-talk is tough to do. They're some of the best fans. You definitely have to get ahead of them early, and try to take the crowd out."
For instance, the Eagles used to have a two-hour daily call-in show called “Eagles Live,” which was streamed live on its own digital platforms. According to Leblang, the show had a healthy audience, but there wasn’t any growth, which made it tougher to justify the resources and manpower needed to produce high-quality live content. The Eagles still produce daily show called “Eagles 360,” the only difference is that it’s not live.
“People are still coming to us to watch this programming, but they’re doing it in a way that caters to their own unique schedules,” Leblang said. “We live in an on-demand world and the audience is going to tell you when the best time is for them to engage with your content — and the answer, most of the time, is whenever they feel like it.”
In other words: Unless the content is “unique or newsworthy, it does not need to be live,” Leblang said.
For the Eagles, this means a lot of live video on game day. The team averages 60,000 to 75,000 unique viewers for its live content every game day during the season, Leblang said. Roughly 85 to 90 percent of viewers are outside of the local Philadelphia TV market, which means the team is serving the part of its fanbase that’s underserved by mainstream media options.
“Chip is a good dude. He was a good man,” Maxwell said of his former coach. “He’s a very smart guy. He knows his football. ... He changed my life, man. More so than that, he gave me an opportunity. He believed in me, that I could be the guy. It didn’t work out, but it taught me a lot.”
Maxwell had great things to say about Kelly. But the former Eagles coach left Philadelphia with a reputation for not getting along with management and some players. One of the high-profile feuds involved now-Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy.
Maxwell said he got along fine with Kelly. According to the veteran corner, the big issue during his one-year stint in Philadelphia was the defense, which ranked 30th in the league.
“We weren’t communicating on defense. Our defense just wasn’t good,” Maxwell said. “Our red-zone defense sucked. We just wasn’t good. We just didn’t have the chemistry and the fight for each other that I’m on now [with Miami].”