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Eagles-Packers predictions: Anyone think Birds have a chance?

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The Eagles (3-7-1) are facing the Packers (8-3) in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.

To the predictions:

Reuben Frank (5-6)

The last team from outside the division to win at Lambeau in consecutive seasons was the Buccaneers in 1988 and 1989. The Eagles beat the Packers last September at Lambeau, but since then the Packers have gone 18-5 and 9-1 at home and the Eagles have gone 10-12-1 and 4-7 on the road. I can't come up with one reason the Eagles are going to become the first non-division team since the Vinny Testaverde Buccaneers of three decades ago to go into Lambeau and win two years in a row. They don't have the talent on defense to hold up against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' top-ranked offense, and they don't have the firepower to put up big numbers against the Packers' mediocre defense. I don't think it will get totally out of hand, but I do think this one is over by the middle of the third quarter, and the Eagles' losing streak reaches four. 

Packers 29, Eagles 19

Dave Zangaro (4-7) 

The reason the Eagles couldn’t afford to lose those games to the Giants and Browns are because now they’re in the middle of the toughest part of their schedule and like last week, I just have no idea how they can win this game.

Sure, the Eagles were able to take down the Packers early last season behind a strong running attack but that was a long time ago. I don’t have any faith that this offense will do what it need to do to start scoring. They’ve scored 17 points in their last three games and struggled to get there on Monday night. Against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, that’s not going to be good enough.

 

Packers 31, Eagles 17

Ray Didinger (5-6)

The Packers are putting up 31.7 points per game, most in the NFL, and the Eagles needed a garbage time Hail Mary to reach double figures Monday night against the worst defense in the league. The Packers are 8-3 and gearing up for another playoff run. The Eagles aren't going anywhere at 3-7-1.

Wide receiver Davante Adams has a streak of six consecutive games with a touchdown reception. This is D.K. Metcalf/J.J. Arcega-Whiteside all over again. The Eagles could have selected Adams in the second round of the 2014 draft but they took Jordan Matthews instead. Matthews was the Eagles pick at No. 42. The Packers got Adams 11 picks later. He has the most touchdown receptions in the NFL (40) over the past five seasons.

Imagine an Eagles offense with Davante Adams, D.K. Metcalf and Justin Jefferson. On second thought don't. You'll only start crying and people will stare. It's not a good look.

If you want to make a case for an Eagles upset in Lambeau, be my guest. I can't.

Packers 30, Eagles 20

Barrett Brooks (4-7)

As a former player, I've been in this situation the Eagles are facing. They are asking themselves what direction this team will take for the rest of the season. Being a player on the 3-13 team in 1998, there were so many different scenarios playing inside that locker room. There was no dominant direction in the management, coaching staff, or even players to step up and put the team back on track! It became a very selfish atmosphere to work in. Players were doing their thing, making sure they had a good tape for next season! It was virtually an interviewing process for the 31 other teams to showcase their talent! Head coach Ray Rhodes and his staff knew they were on the chopping block after the season.

This 3-7-1 Eagles team, I think, is in a totally different situation. I do believe Coach Pederson still has a firm grip on the team. They will still follow him into battle and give maximum collective effort towards the team's goal, win games. They are still galvanized with the ultimate goal of winning and getting back into the division race.

But I have to be honest in my analysis of this Sunday. The Eagles don't have a team that is good enough to beat Aaron Rodgers. This game is a revenge game for A-Rod and the rest of the Packers, who were embarrassed last year in GB. I believe the Eagles will give a better effort in fundamentals and applying the game-plan, but they do not have enough to beat a Packers team with homefield advantage in the playoff still within their grasp!

 

Packers 32, Eagles 21

Mike Mulhern (6-5)

While there’s a rush to pin the Eagles’ offensive woes on one person or thing, it’s really been a total organizational effort. Lack of talent. Injuries. Bad protection. Receivers not being open or on the same page as Carson Wentz. Poor accuracy and decision making from the quarterback. No imagination in the play-calling. Abandoning the running game. Failed fourth-down decisions. The group is filled with equal-opportunity offenses and offenders, and they’re all intertwined. Meanwhile the Packers are the antithesis of the Eagles. Green Bay is an offensive juggernaut that leads the league in scoring. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 33 touchdowns to just four picks. Davante Adams may be even more unstoppable than DK Metcalf (hopefully Jim Schwartz saves his compliments for after the game this week).

Even if the Eagles magically put it all together on offense this week, the likelihood of the defense doing enough to frustrate Rodgers seems slim.

The push toward an uncertain offseason and a top-five pick continues.

Packers 31, Eagles 22

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