Eagles

Eagles at Packers: Game time, TV schedule, odds and more

Eagles

The Eagles (3-7-1) will be in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon to face the Packers (8-3) at Lambeau Field.

Here’s everything you need to know:

  • 3 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP
  • 4:25 p.m.: Eagles at Packers on CBS
  • 7:30 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP
  • 9:30 p.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBCSP

The CBS broadcast crew for Eagles-Packers is Jim Nantz (play by play), Tony Romo (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline).

Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP.

The Eagles opened as 9-point underdogs, according to PointsBet.

The referee for Eagles-Packers is veteran Bill Vinovich. The Eagles are 5-7 all-time with Vinovich as the ref. He had the 49ers game earlier this year.

Offensive ineptitude

There are just two teams in the 2020 season that have failed to reach 30 points in a game: The Jets and the Eagles. Anytime you find yourself in the company of the Jets, you know things aren’t going very well. The Eagles have scored exactly 17 points in each of their last three games and are now averaging 21.5 points per game this season.

The Eagles’ defense isn’t perfect but they’ve done a much better job than the offense.

Since the Eagles’ offense has been so bad, there’s a blame game going on in Philadelphia. Who’s fault is it? Carson? Doug? The O-line? Receivers? Really, it’s a combination of everything, which is why it’s so tough to fix. Wentz definitely isn’t playing well — he’s been bad — but he’s not getting consistently good calls from his play-caller, who refuses to call balanced games. The offensive line has contributed to the 46 sacks but it’s not all their fault either because Wentz holds the ball too long. And sometimes Wentz holds the ball because his targets are either not open or in the wrong spot. And there have been times where all those problems aren’t problems and the receivers and running backs simply drop passes or Wentz misses them and we're back to Square 1. As Jason Kelce once said, “It’s the whole team!”

 

Will they run the ball?

The last time the Eagles played the Packers in Green Bay was Week 3 last year and they won that game behind a big running attack led by Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. The Eagles piled up 176 yards on the ground that day against a Packers team that wasn’t very good against the run.

The Eagles should try to do that again on Sunday. The Packers are giving up 4.6 yards per carry and a good running attack could potentially get the Eagles’ offense going and keep Aaron Rodgers off the field.

The problem, of course, is that Doug Pederson always seems to get away from the run too early. On Monday, Miles Sanders got just six carries in a game that was pretty close for much of the evening. Sure, the Seahawks’ pass defense was seen as the bigger weakness but you’ve got to find a little more balance than that. Wentz dropped back over 50 times! That’s way too much for a quarterback that’s struggling as much as he is.

The problem with Pederson is that when the run isn’t working early, he just goes away from it. Sanders is the kind of back with the ability to rip off a long run at any time and Pederson is taking away his chances to do that.

Eyeing a draft pick

If the season ended today, the Eagles would have the No. 6 pick in the draft but they realistically have a chance to move up higher than that. They have a real chance to get up as high as No. 3 by the end of the season. Even if you’re not rooting for losses, it’s something important to keep in mind. The best pick the Eagles could have as a division winner is No. 19.

This weekend, the two teams ahead of them in the draft order have a decent chance to win. The Chargers play the Patriots (5-6) at home. And the Cowboys will face the Ravens (6-5) on Tuesday night and might miss Lamar Jackson in that game if he’s not off the COVID-19 list.

So if the Eagles lose this weekend, they have a chance to move up to a higher draft spot depending on the two teams ahead of them.

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