There is every reason to believe the Philadelphia Eagles will not defeat the Green Bay Packers this evening on Thursday Night Football.
Just look at all the things working against the Eagles’ favor:
- The Packers have the NFL’s second best overall win percentage in home games since Aaron Rodgers became the starting quarterback in 2008.
- Rodgers is among the best quarterbacks in the league. It’s hard to imagine the Eagles’ defense shutting hm down when they’re struggling to both rush the passer and cover effectively. Rodgers made his job look so easy while last going up against Jim Schwartz’s unit back in 2016.
- The Packers’ defense ranks third overall in DVOA. Green Bay’s combination of defensive talent and coaching is very formidable. The Packers have the NFL’s second best graded pass rush by Pro Football Focus; they’ve logged 13 sacks in three games. It’s going to be difficult for the Eagles to score points with DeSean Jackson still out and Alshon Jeffery/Dallas Goedert seemingly playing at less than 100%.
It’s really not difficult to envision the Eagles getting blown out in this game.
And yet ... I’m 100% irrationally confident the Eagles are going to win this game.
They need this game way more than the Packers do and we’ve seen Doug Pederson’s teams fight hard when their backs have been against the wall before. Carson Wentz is also bound to stop being so unlucky at some point, right?
It won’t make sense but the Eagles will win this game. It’s a lock.
Score prediction: 24-21, Eagles win. In overtime.
Bold prediction: Eagles defensive ends, who have combined for zero sacks this season, will have three tonight. Including one strip-sack.
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