Philadelphia Eagles meet Green Bay Packers. Take Lombardi Ave. To Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood


Nov 10, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back

LeSean McCoy

(25) tackled by Green Bay Packers safety

Morgan Burnett

(42) in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. The Eagles won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles meet Green Bay Packers. Take Lombardi Ave. To Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood

On Sunday November 16, 2014, the 7-2 Philadelphia Eagles travel to the frozen tundra to take on the 6-3 Green Bay Packers. The Philadelphia Eagles meet Green Bay Packers in Green Bay for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Eagles faced a Rodgers-less packers and won that game 27-13 behind the 155 yards rushing of running back LeSean McCoy. In that game, quarterback Nick Foles threw 12 out of 18 passes for 228 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, while his Packer counterpart quarterback Scott Tolzien tossed 24 for 39 280 Yards 1 touchdown but 2 interceptions.

This year is is the Eagles who will be starting backup quarterback Mark Sanchez, while the Packers will field starting quarterback
Aaron Rodgers.

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To make it a little interesting, we decided this would be a good time to compare notes, and hear from behind enemy lines.   So we have invited Lombardi Ave.’s own Josh McPeak to answer five questions about the Green Bay Packers for us, while I have answered five questions for the Lombardi Ave.     You can catch the Eagles viewpoint on on Thursday.

(1) Tell us a little about yourself, and a general appraisal of the Packers season so far.

 My name is Josh McPeak and I am a native of Virginia but have been a diehard Packers fan ever since I can remember. For the last six months I have joined the staff as a writer for Lombardi Ave.  As an owner I feel like we are part of the greatest fan base in professional sports. To have the likes of Brett Favre followed up by Aaron Rodgers has truly been a blessing.

The Packers season has been a bit of a rollercoaster. It didn’t start pretty but then Rodgers assured everyone to R-E-L-A-X and the team rolled to four straight victories. Insert the New Orleans Saints and it looked like things were about to go downhill quickly. After Sunday night against the Chicago Bears the Pack look like they could beat anybody. Time will tell.

(2)  The Packers are doing very well at 6-3, but trail the 7-2 Lions.  Will they be able to make up ground in a very competitive NFC North conference?

That’s a very good question. This Detroit team is a very scrappy bunch. They have finally found a way to win even if it is ugly and they probably have the best defensive front in all of football. I still think it may boil down to week 17 in a winner-take-all game for the NFC North yet again.

Detroit has Arizona but without Carson Palmer that might not be the challenge it was a week ago. They also have the Patriots left on the schedule that look like they are clicking on all cylinders right now. The Lions have to play Chicago twice still yet and one would hope they would somehow throw a worthy team on the field at some point.

Green Bay still has the Eagles and Patriots left that appear to be tough games. It will be interesting but I am still holding out hope that the Lions turn back into the Lions before the season is over with.

(3) The Packers are an impressive 4-0 at home, but a pedestrian 2-3 as a road team.  How important does that play into post season considerations?   Do you think the Packers need to have home field to be successful if they make it to the playoffs?

Aaron Rodgers has definitely restored the mystique of Lambeau Field. I don’t put much stock into the two road losses this season however. The loss in Seattle versus the 12th man was a tough atmosphere for any team to go into as they celebrated their Super Bowl victory. New Orleans is always a tough place to play in the Super Dome and the Saints desperately needed a win at the time.

Honestly, I don’t think Green Bay will lose another game until the 2015 regular season.

The first round playoff game at home last season did not seem to benefit the Pack in anyway and in 2010 the Packers won three road games as a wild card to win the Super Bowl. I think the momentum at the end of the season plays a larger factor than home field.

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  • (4) The Packers are not among the league top 5 NFL teams offensively, but is very good.   The team boasts a pretty good pass defense, but appears to have trouble stopping a running game.  Do you think that will be their Achilles heel for the remainder of the season, and will  the move of Matthews to inside linebacker help in that regard?

    A week before the bye the team allowed Mark Ingram to rush for 172 yards, averaging 7.2 yards-per-carry while scoring 1 touchdown. A week after the bye they hold Matt Forte to 54 yards and only 3.2 yards-per-carry. Moving Matthews to ILB at times really seem to be a great transition.

    If the Packers are unable to consistently perform better against the run as the leaves fall off of the trees and the weather worsens it will definitely be their downfall. Teams like Dallas and your Eagles have a very strong ground game this year. Green Bay will more than likely have to beat one of those two, if not both to reach the Super Bowl.

    (5)  The Eagles truly consider the visit to Lambeau as one of their toughest games of the season.   How do you see the game playing out?  Please include a final score and any noteable players who you expect to have a good game.

    It’s really hard for me to see Mark Sanchez duplicating his 332 yard, 2 touchdown night. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers are showing signs that they could become the dynamic duo that push this defense over the top. Casey Heyward is also transforming into one of the best play-making corners in the NFL.

    My fantasy team has been waiting for a breakout performance from LeSean McCoy however. I really hope it’s not this week but I know it is looming. Connor Barwin will also need to be blocked this week.

    Honestly, I don’t think Green Bay will lose another game until the 2015 regular season.

    Packers 34 Eagles 20

    So there you have it folks. If you want to read the “rebuttal”, I recommend you check out the fine website of Lombardi Avenue and see how we roll in Philly. It will be civil war in the Matthews family, where Casey has the chance to outshine newly inside linebacker Clay Matthews in Lambeau Field.

    There is a chance of snow in the forecast. We KNOW the Eagles can handle snow. I think we’ll be surprised to find that they can handle Lambeau as well.

    A special thanks to Josh McPeak and his colleagues at Lombardi Ave. for his cooperation and effort to make these stories possible.