Philadelphia Eagles schedule: Dissecting 3 make-or-break games
By Smit Bajaj
A Week 13 visit to Lambeau Field will reveal the Philadelphia Eagles’ true colors.
The Eagles had a pivotal win in the legendary Lambeau Field last year, but it will be tough for history to repeat itself in 2020. For starters, the game will be played in December. No big deal right? Wrong. Green Bay is notorious for being a frigid location, and playing in one of the coldest months in one of the coldest NFL stadiums is less than ideal.
In conditions like this, the new-school style of throwing the football 50 times a game is nullified, as teams tend to run the ball more. The proof of this? Just last year when the Eagles visited Lambeau in late September, the “Birds” ran the ball 33 times and elected to throw it 27 times. The only other time they ran the ball more than they threw the ball was against the Buffalo Bills when the weather was cold and rainy.
Of course the whole team will be put to the test in this road matchup, but the young Miles Sanders must play well. The Packers’ run defense was lackluster towards the end of last year, and Sanders has a real chance to exploit Green Bay’s defense. Just last year, Jordan Howard was able to run through the Packers defense. There’s no reason to expect any less from Sanders.
Week 13 is when the playoff race truly starts heating up. A win could send the Eagles into a late-season winning streak and could put them in a position to clinch the NFC East, but with only four games left after this game, a loss could significantly reduce their chances of making the playoffs.