“Packers Instant Takeaways”: Jordan Love replaces the hurt Aaron Rodgers past six hours.
The Green Bay Packers offense scored 30 points against a strong defense for just the second time this year. Unfortunately, the Packers’ defense was unable to stop the Eagles’ running game or even come close.
If the Packers had any chance of making a postseason run before going 4-8, those chances are now all but gone.
Here are my immediate conclusions from the Packers’ performance, as I always do after a game. All of us, I suppose, have been curious about if the Packers would switch to Jordan Love at any time this year once they are out of the postseason picture. Although Aaron Rodgers had been managing a thumb issue, Green Bay may not have much of a choice given his most recent setback.
Love seemed assured despite the tiny sample size; he was letting loose as he ran through his progressions, prolonged plays, and had a few nice tosses. A positive performance.
- It’s true that the Eagles’ attack makes many defenses look poor, but my goodness, the Packers appeared totally unprepared. Did they know the Eagles are a club that emphasizes running? Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts had no resistance from Green Bay. Sanders had wide rushing lanes in between the tackles, and Hurts profited from the edge rushers’ persistent shoddy edge setting. There were occasions when Quay Walker was employed as a spy, but either it wasn’t enough or he wasn’t successful.
Additionally, Green Bay didn’t appear to have slowed down the passing game either. Rasul Douglas in particular and the Packers’ safeties put up poor performances, as did the cornerbacks.
- Green Bay continues to miss tackles. Several missed tackles, sort of.
Third downs were terrible on both sides of the ball. The defense played great to create numerous third and long situations, but it didn’t really matter because they couldn’t get off the field since the offense couldn’t convert any of them.
- Joe Barry was awful, but so were the other guys.
- Before suffering a foot injury, Darnell Savage did not make the starting lineup. Rudy Ford and Adrian Amos were deep in the Packers’ nickel formation, with Keisean Nixon in the slot.
- The Packers’ only players under contract in 2023 are Savage and Tariq Carpenter, but you can add Ford after he made another play with a forced fumble. He was hired to play on special teams, but he has also proven to be a capable defender.
- The Packers’ offense, defense, and special teams all appeared absolutely lost within the opening six minutes of the game. Green Bay deserves praise for maintaining its fight and keeping this game close. It might have been quite simple to give in.
- On Wednesday, Justin Hollins, who had been claimed off waivers, made a strong first impression with a run stop, sack, and pressure. He has already outperformed Jonathan Garvin and La’Darius Hamilton in terms of effectiveness.
- The run game was the Packers’ best chance of offensive success, as I predicted before the game, and we witnessed that. Without Jordan Davis, the Eagles’ run defense has recently been weak, and the Packers were able to open up some wide running lanes for Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. This, at least initially, helped pave the door for some passing game success.
- Two running back setups were more prevalent than they have been lately, and Green Bay was far more productive this season while using such settings. Additionally, Jones and Dillon saw greater action in the passing game.
AJ Dillon has unquestionably his greatest game of the year. Compared to what we’ve seen all year, he appeared far more explosive.
– The Packers’ defense has let up 60 points this season in the final two minutes before halftime, according to a statistic provided by Rob Demovsky. in the NFL, the most.
- Aaron Rodgers was intercepted twice by the Eagles, who entered the game as the NFL’s best team at forcing turnovers.
Despite a few blips here and there, playmaker Christian Watson is still developing rapidly in front of our very eyes. His speed changes the dynamic.
- Keisean Nixon, who has a ton of energy for the position, appears to be the Packers’ real find in the return man position.
Final thoughts: The Packers face a difficult task against the Eagles.
The Green Bay Packers, who just returned from a little break after another discouraging defeat, will likely face their toughest test of the season when they travel to face a complete and invincible Philadelphia Eagles squad.
This game between the Packers and Eagles will take place in prime time, and to start things off, I have my concluding comments on it. The Eagles’ defensive front will be a challenge for the Packers’ offensive line. They are among the finest at applying pressure, and they typically do so with just four rushers, leaving more defenders in coverage.
Having said that, the run game will be where the Packers’ success will start if they are to have any. Even while the Eagles are still excellent against the run, they have shown recently that they are vulnerable without Jordan Davis in the center. This Green Bay offense bases everything on the running game and will use Matt LaFleur’s playbook and play-action to open up the passing game. Even though it’s difficult going, they must find a way to persevere.
- Why must the Packers continue to rely on their running game? We witnessed against the Titans that the passing game isn’t strong enough to carry this club. I consider it to be a more difficult method of moving the ball. As was already established, pressing will be a problem, and more defenders in coverage will present challenges. The Eagles’ cornerbacks play with a lot of vigor as well, and in past weeks, we saw teams press the Packers’ receivers at the line of scrimmage. However, perhaps the Packers can occasionally benefit from their aggression by making some big plays over the top. To obtain clean releases, leaning into the LaFleur offense with bunch setups and motion will be beneficial.
- It’s challenging to identify a weak spot in the Eagles’ defense, but Green Bay might have some success taking advantage of the linebackers.
- The Packers largely employed zone coverage in the secondary when they faced Josh Allen a few weeks ago, primarily to keep the defenders’ attention on Allen, who could seriously injure Green Bay with his mobility. This implied that Jaire Alexander wasn’t on Stefon Diggs either, which meant that neither aspect of the strategy succeeded. Does Green Bay use the same strategy to deal with Jalen Hurts’ mobility? Who will defend AJ Brown? Rasul Douglas should go on Brown as Alexander covers DeVonta Smith, despite the fact that Brown has been the much more explosive receiver.
- The Eagles set up many of Hurts’ runs in advance, but he also makes plays for himself when plays fall through. Matt LaFleur discussed how difficult it is to bring him down due to his resistance to giving ground. Hurts will be slowed down by the Packers linebackers and edge rushers, who will work to keep Hurts in the pocket.
Blitzes will be necessary if Green Bay is to have any chance of applying pressure. Without Rashan Gary, the Packers have had trouble applying pressure, and the Eagles have a strong offensive line. However, they expose themselves to attack in the passing game when they blitz. Given that the Packers lack depth at edge rusher, I would also anticipate Justin Hollins, a newbie, to receive some defensive snaps in addition to Quay Walker, who, according to PFF ($$), got 17 versus Tennessee.
- How will Joe Barry approach stopping this Eagles offense? The Packers will probably suffer through the passing game if Barry wants to stop the run, and vice versa, as this is about as well-rounded of a unit as you will see. With both his arm and legs, Hurts can cause harm to teams. While Brown and Dallas Goedert are among the most explosive players at their positions in terms of yards per catch and YAC, Miles Sanders is averaging almost five yards per carry.
- The Eagles’ recent string of six giveaways gives the Packers’ defense some cause for optimism. But will the Packers be able to seize any chances? This season, they’ve had trouble, and the offense has had trouble capitalizing on the defense’s errors.
The Packers will probably need to win out and need some help if they want to make the playoffs, even though it feels like the season is already over from a mathematical perspective. What kind of reaction does this team show after a difficult loss and a little break? Will everyone appear to be prepared for the offseason? Or will they start strong?
- The Packers’ special teams unit hasn’t been good at all, which has gone unnoticed because everything else has been so awful.