Philadelphia Eagles vs Green Bay Packers Matchup Preview 9/26/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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Week 4 starts off on Thursday night with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay. The Packers are coming off a hot streak, looking to add win number four to their undefeated record. The Eagles, on the other hand, are coming off of a couple of upset losses and looking to redeem themselves. Facing a very similar problem to last season, the Eagles are struggling with injuries to a couple of key wide receivers, making wins a little harder to come by for them as they adjust to their team of inexperienced receivers. The Packers’ defense is ranked 5th against the pass, which will certainly make it harder for those Eagles receivers. If the Eagles can get their run game going, they’ll have a chance, but they’ve been mediocre running the football so far. Therefore, the Packers are favorites at home, looking to continue their undefeated streak against the Eagles on Thursday night. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Philadelphia Eagles vs Green Bay Packers matchup page.
Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 7:20 ET
Location: Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
Coverage: FOX, NFLN, Amazon
Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson (O), Alshon Jeffery (Q), Corey Clement (O)
Green Bay Packers: Montravius Adams (D), Jimmy Graham (Q), Jake Kumerow (Q)
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The best phrase to describe Philadelphia’s disappointing loss to the Lions would be “dropped passes.” 7 of them, to be exact, including 3 on their last drive of the game. These passes were crucial to their performance, possibly netting them an important first down and/or putting them in field goal range. Due to injuries to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles are playing with a receiver core that lacks the experience and polish that a receiver like Jackson or Jeffery would have.
With the short week, it’ll be interesting to see if Doug Peterson can adjust their game plan enough to account for their inexperienced receiver core. Green Bay’s pass defense is ranked 5th in the league, and therefore will not be making it any easier on the Eagles’ passing game. The best bet the Eagles have is to get the run game going. Green Bay’s run defense is ranked 25th in the league, allowing 149 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns against the Broncos, and 198 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown against the Vikings. The Eagles have had a mediocre running game, getting 123 yards and 1 touchdown in their week one win over the Redskins, 49 yards and one rushing touchdown in week two, and 127 yards and 1 touchdown against the Lions. If the Eagles are going to win against the Packers on Thursday night, they’re going to have to do it against the run game, as throwing to their wide receivers against this Packers pass defense is going to be difficult.
Thankfully, Jeffery’s return is looking like a definite possibility for Thursday night’s game. His return would be great for the team’s chances against the Packers. The Eagles are definite underdogs heading into this game, but if Jeffery returns and they can get their run game going, they have a chance at ruining the Packer’s undefeated record.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Green Bay Packers Analysis
The Packers will be coming into this game strong. With Aaron Rodgers healthy at the helm, a new head coach who seems to have a good grasp on the team, and a strong defense, they’re looking like a force to be reckoned with this year. Plus, they have the momentum of their undefeated record behind them, and having scored more points than the last game every week, they’ll be hard for the Eagles to stop.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a big game against the Broncos, going 6/99/1 for receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Davante Adams went 7/106/0 against the Vikings, and 4/56/0 against the Broncos, continuing to be the weapon that he has been for the Packers. Despite having Malcolm Jenkins, one of the best safeties in the league, the Eagles are ranked 29th against the pass, the 4th lowest pass defense in the entire league. With Aaron Rodgers throwing to two talented receivers like Valdes-Scantling and Adams, they’ll be looking to score some major yardage through the air. Aaron Jones is a great running back, and he had a big game against the Vikings a couple weeks ago, going 23/116/1 on the day for carries, yards, and touchdowns. The Eagles run defense is ranked 2nd in the league, so the Packers are going to have to be careful not to get shut down on the run.
Overall, the Packers are the favorites in this game based on the power of their passing game. The way the Eagles’ secondary has been performing, they should be able to get in enough yardage through the air to win them the game. If their top 5 pass defense holds up, they should be able to keep the Eagles to minimal points.
Green Bay Packers Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: A High-scoring Game
Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a big 20 plus point game in PPR leagues, and with the Eagles being ranked as low as they are in the pass defense, playing him might be a good idea with him coming off a 6/99/1 game. Davante Adams will also be a good start, being Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiver in a game where the opponent’s pass defense is ranked so lowly. Aaron Jones might not be a safe start either, as the Eagles defense has been great against the run and will probably limit him. On the Eagles side, starting Agholor or any of the other wide receivers you may have is not recommended, due to how they’ve been performing lately and their matchup with the Green Day secondary.