On Thursday, the Green Bay Packers take the prime-time stage against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation kindly volunteered to answer our questions about the Eagles and provide some insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
APC: If you were building a game plan for the Eagles, how would you attack them on offense? On defense?
I’d attack the Eagles on offense by trying to exploit Isaac Seumalo, who MIGHTILY struggled against Grady Jarrett in Week 2. Try to hit Carson Wentz early and often if he’s going to be holding on to the ball. I’d also aim to take away Zach Ertz -- just like the Lions did -- and force the Eagles to win through Nelson Agholor. Agholor’s made some COLOSSAL mistakes over the past two weeks. He dropped the game-winning touchdown in Week 2 and he fumbled a critical possession away in Week 3. He’s severely harming the Eagles from within.
Defensively, well, I’d bring out the Packers’ game plan from when they played the Eagles in 2016. If Jim Schwartz is going to have his corners play off, just have Aaron Rodgers take what the defense is giving him. No need to force things. With the Eagles’ pass rush struggling the way it is, Rodgers should get some opportunities to take shots down the field. The Eagles’ secondary has been struggling to hold up so the Packers should be able to find success through the air.
We’d like to thank Brandon. Be sure to check out the rest of our Q&A session with Bleeding Green Nation over the course of the week as well as our Q&A session over there. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company this Thursday for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Eagles versus Packers.