The Philadelphia Eagles were able to defeat the Green Bay Packers with a 27-13 victory on the road. This win brings the Birds to an even 5-5 on the season.
The Packers offense struggled early in this contest. Seneca Wallace started under center after Aaron Rogers went down with a broken collarbone during last weeks contest against their rivals, the Chicago Bears. Wallace would unfortunately have the same luck as Rogers, as he left the game with an apparent groin injury after the team’s first drive.
This left rookie quarterback Scott Tolzien to lead a banged up Packer offense for the remainder of the game. It was very evident that the rookie had some first game jitters, throwing two interceptions to a struggling Philadelphia secondary.
Tolzien would finish the game with a modest 280 yards and recorded only one touchdown to his rookie tight end Brandon Bostick.
It would be Nick Foles and the Eagles who would steal the show this week in Lambeau, much to the demise of the cheesehead faithful. Foles threw for 228 yards and for 3 touchdowns, all of which were 30 plus yards. Riley Cooper would be on the receiving end of 2 of those touchdown strikes.
Cooper and Foles have accounted for 5 Eagle touchdowns in the past two weeks and have really established quite the chemistry. Although Riley Cooper and Desean Jackson would have the same amount of targets this week, it was Cooper who led the team in touchdowns, yards and yards per catch.
Lesean McCoy also did his fair share to torment the Green Bay defense, rushing for 155 yards on 25 carries, keeping him among the league’s leaders in rushing yards.
Injuries would ultimately be the headline for this contest however, as Jason Peters, Earl Wolff and Mycheal Kendricks would be sidelined for the Eagles and Evan Dietrich-Smith, Casey Hayward, Nick Perry and Don Barclay left the game for the Packers.
Not to mention the Packers recent instability at the quarterback position.
Although the Packers attempted to make a late comeback in the fourth, a Jordy Nelson touchdown pass would be ruled incomplete on fourth down allowing the Eagles to wind down the rest of the game clock and seal their victory.
If Mason Crosby could have made two more of his field goal attempts and if the Packers were able to remain healthy throughout the match, this might have been a different contest. Even more so if the late Nelson touchdown was ruled in Green Bay’s favor.
This victory is huge for the Eagles as they will face the struggling Washington Redskins next week before their bye. Depending on how the Cowboys play in the next to weeks, the Eagles could find themselves sitting at the top of division during their week off.