The Philadelphia Eagles are still reeling from the awful loss last Sunday to Seattle that injured Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Mathews ruled out this week with a knee injury. [embedit snippet=”ralph-ads”]
The good news is Philadelphia has four running backs. Rookie Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner took up the slack last week and finished the game. This week Doug Pederson said to expect Smallwood to get a large bulk of carries to make up for the loss of Ryan Mathews.
So that settles the running game, now onto the passing game. Anyone who’s watched the Eagles know that they have a wide receiver problem. The number of dropped passes and bad routes is astonishing. The top of the list is Nelson Agholor. Plagued by drops and constant media harassment for said drops, Agholor has seemed to regress into a stressed mental state and is questionable to play against the Green Bay Packers.
The Eagles brought up pre-season stud wide receiver Paul Turner to the active roster, and he will play against the Packers.Whether Agholor joins them as a 5th receiver is to be seen.
The Eagles have been working hard with Dorial Beckham-Green, and he seems to be emerging as the number 2 receiver behind Jordan Mathews. Bryce Treggs has yet to make as big an impact as he did in his first game against the Giants, but he has the potential to stretch the field and make big plays.
The Eagles got their Tight Ends into the fray as of late, so expect Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, and Trey Burton to be security blankets in short yardage situations.
Green Bay has struggled as of late, losing four games straight and giving up an average of 38.25 points up defensively over that stretch. Their secondary is depleted, and it seems everyone is taking advantage.
Philadelphia has not lost at home all season. I see no reason why they will start now.
The Eagles defense is still one of the top defenses in the league, and one of the best Green Bay has played up to this point in the season.
Prediction: Green Bay will fall to the Eagles on Monday night.