Most of you know the story well. On the 2022 NFL Draft’s first night, the Philadelphia Eagles executed a trade that sent shockwaves across the NFL’s landscape. They dealt the 18th overall selection and a third-round pick to the Tennessee Titans. In return, they acquired 2020 Pro Bowler/wide receiver A.J. Brown.
Number 11 has made an immediate impact, tallying ten receptions for 155 yards in his debut. No disrespect is intended to DeVonta Smith, but for the first time in a long time, perhaps since the days of Terrell Owens, it felt as if the Eagles had a game-changer and true number-one receiver on their roster. You saw his performance versus the Pittsburgh Steelers right?
A.J. Brown has been phenomenal in his first season as an Eagle, but can he reach new highs against Green Bay?
The Eagles host the Green Bay Packers in Week 12 on Sunday Night Football. With that comes more opportunity for the Eagles’ wideout, who after ten games has 785 receiving yards and six touchdowns on his resume in 2022.
The Packers have already allowed 100-yard performances to four different players so far in 2022. Three of those performances have come during Green Bay’s past four games. A.J. Brown could be due for a monster performance.
Here’s a walk down memory lane.
In Week 1, Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson racked up 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay’s secondary. Some dismissed Jefferson’s big-time performance as an off day for Green Bay’s defense, but looking back, this was a sign of things to come.
In Week 8, Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills added 108 yards and a trip to the end zone to his 2022 resume. In Week 10, CeeDee Lamb tallied 150 yards and two endzone trips. Fortunately for The Pack, Lamb’s big day wouldn’t lead to a Dallas Cowboys win.
Most recently, in Week 11, Tennessee Titans rookie wideout Treylon Burks introduced himself to a national audience while tallying 111 receiving yards in primetime versus Jaire Alexander and company.
Of the four players listed above, three (Diggs, Lamb, and Jefferson) have had multiple 100-yard receiving games, a feat that A.J. Brown has accomplished as well.
He’s solidified himself as the Eagles’ future at the wide receiver position as he’s signed through the 2026 season. He’s currently on pace to reach 1,335 yards receiving. That would rank him second in franchise history in terms of the most single-season receiving yards. The legend, Mike Quick, is the leader in that category having notched 1,409 receiving yards in 1983.
A.J. Brown has already had some big games as an Eagle. There are no guarantees in the NFL, but Sunday Night Football provides the backdrop for another. He earned Nickelodeon’s NVP Award for his performance in Week 8, and he’s someone worth taking a flier on as an anytime touchdown scorer.
The Packers allowed both Diggs and Lamb to reach the endzone. Just based on the existing evidence, Brown has a chance of having a big night of his own. The odds are undoubtedly stacked in his favor.