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Packers at Eagles preview and predictions

It’s finally game day

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Returning to work on a Monday if you had a four day weekend can seem interminable. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: the Eagles play tonight.

And they play a team that is reeling. The Green Bay Packers have lost four straight, and they’ve been downright abysmal in their last two. Two weeks ago to the Titans they got down 21-0 in the first quarter en route to a 47-25 loss. Last week against the Redskins they went into the half down just 13-10, they lost 42-24. They haven’t been able to stop anybody by any means. Green Bay’s defense has given up at least 270 passing yards in the losing streak and 151 rushing in the last two games.

They’re exactly what the Eagles offense, who can’t consistently complete a pass and are missing Ryan Mathews, needs to get the team back to a winning record and a run at the playoffs. The Eagles, who have scored at least 23 points in seven games, should feast.

Meanwhile the defense gets another tough task: stopping Aaron Rodgers, who despite the Packers’ struggles has been sharp. During the Packers’ losing streak he has 12 TDs to just 3 INTs, completing 64% of his passes for 316 yards a game, giving him a 101.9 passer rating, and he’s had 163 rushing yards on just 18 attempts. The defense that has held Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan in check at home has another huge hurdle to clear.

The Eagles are undefeated at home. The Packers are winless on the road. That shouldn’t change tonight.

Predictions

Score: Eagles 34, Packers 20

Bold Prediction: Two touchdowns for Zach Ertz

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