Green Bay Packers Game Plan to Beat the Eagles
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The Packers and the Eagles will lock horns on Sunday, but this matchup will hardly resemble their week 1 meeting. The Packers will be scheming for a Michael Vick led offense rather than preparing for the pocket passing Kolb, and the Eagles will meet a Packer defense with new faces at every level from the defensive line to the linebackers to the defensive backfield. What will the Packers need to do to rise above a very hot Eagles team?
Packers Keys to Beating the Eagles
Packers Defensive Game Plan
Physical Play from Woodson and Williams
The Eagles love their crossing routes and they have the type of fast receiving corp to complement that offensive scheme. However, the west coast relies on timing. If Green Bay corners Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams play their usual physical style, they’ll throw the Eagles’ timing off and nullify those short crossing routes.
Controlled Pressure on Vick
The Packers will have to get pressure on Vick without losing contain. If they don’t, Vick will either connect on those deep routes or wiggle free and run for long gains.
Shut Down the Run Game
It’s all too easy to pigeon-hole the Eagles as a passing offense that relies on Vicks legs to gain yardage on the ground. Still, LeSean McCoy has generated a respectable 1080 yards on the ground this season. The Packers can’t get their sights on Vick and neglect the Eagles run attack.
Packers Offensive Game Plan
Revive the Run Game
The Packer run game disappeared last week against the Bears. Much of that was planned as the Packers ran the spread offense fairly often, but the run game could be a real key to the Packers controlling the clock and giving their defense time to rest up before facing Vick and company.
Protect Aaron Rodgers
Two concussions have reduced Aaron Rodgers’ usual mobility drastically. When he does scramble he looks like he’s either afraid to get hit or has been coached to take zero hits. That means the Packers offensive line will have to step up big and protect number 12.
Receivers Must Catch the Ball
The Packers have a talented squad of receivers. Unfortunately, talent matters for little if you drop passes, which is what the Packer receivers have been known to do several times this season. Rodgers is seldom far off the mark with passes. If Greg Jennings and company can reel those passes in, they’ll be difficult to stop.