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Eagles v Packers: Time for Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay offense to explode

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After two straight losses by slim margins, you would think that the Eagles would be frustrated, and understandably so. 

But they do not have the luxury of sulking or licking their wounds as up next for them are the unbeaten Packs, whom they pay a visit on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

These are not the Packs of 2018, which went 6-9-1 and missed the playoffs. The current version are currently 3-0 and sit atop the NFC North.

They enjoy a dominant home record against the Eagles (1-2), winning 17 of their 22 encounters in front of their own fans. Not just that, the Green and Gold also have an overall winning record of 28-16 against the Birds.

It’s no surprise then that the Matt LaFleur-led side are 4.5-point favs in this matchup.

Now let’s discuss how the Packs have fared so far this season. They have not scored at an astronomical rate over the first three games by any means. Instead, their calling card has been their stingy defense, which is allowing opposing offenses just 197.3 passing yards per game and 11.7 points per game — the latter figure being the second lowest in the league.

They have also been attacking the enemy quarterbacks with a real venom, already recording 12 sacks over the first three games.

The leader of Green Bay’s offense of course is quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has impressed — as he always does — but without truly exploding. He took a while to find his game in the 10-3 season opening win over the Bears but has since regained his rhythm.

Rodgers has completed 57 of his 93 attempted passes for 647 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. He also has a pretty impressive overall record against the Eagles, throwing 93 passes and completing 57 of them for 1,036 yards over five games. He also has 10 touchdowns to his name against the Eagles as well — all decent numbers but not mind-boggling.

But while most things appear to tilt in favour of the Packs, it does not guarantee they can also cover the spread.

The thing here is that even though Philadelphia and their 1-2 record looks unimpressive, they have generally done pretty well under head coach Doug Pederson. The 30-21 record amassed over four years as well as a Super Bowl means that this side must be respected, even if the recent numbers don’t make a pretty viewing.

That narrative, however, would have flown had the Eagles not have practically half their side carrying a variety of injuries. Add to it wide receiver’s Nelson Agholor’s catching that is now so woeful, the Philadelphians cannot get that out of their minds even when they are rescuing babies out of burning buildings.


Eagles at Packers Betting Prediction:

So which side do we go with? Do we expect the Packers to combine their robust defending with offensive fluidity? Or do we bet on the Eagles to find something from somewhere and, at the very least, cover the spread? Our pick for this one is the former. The play here is the Packs -4.5 points at -110 via PointsBet.

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