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Cheese Curds, 11/25: Packers need to channel 2016 magic against Eagles

The situations are similar on their face, but the Packers face a bigger challenge this week than they did this weekend six years ago.

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On the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2016, the Green Bay Packers were in Philadelphia. The 4-6 Packers were fresh off a loss at Washington, and hopes for the postseason were dwindling to the point that Aaron Rodgers issued his famous “Run the Table” comments after that contest.

That night, the Packers found a complete game, and Aaron Rodgers had a tremendous bounce-back performance. He went 30-for-39 passing for 319 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers won 27-13. Green Bay also got a great defensive performance, holding the Eagles to just 211 total yards while recording four sacks and an interception on Carson Wentz.

This week, the Packers will need to channel their performance in that game in nearly every aspect. Instead of facing a 5-5 Eagles team, Philadelphia comes into this game with a 9-1 record, while the Packers are similarly situated to the 2016 team at just 4-7 and needing a clean sweep through the final six games of the season.

If they can find a way to overcome the difficult matchups ahead of them on Sunday night and pull an upset victory, this Packers team would get a massive emotional boost that could jump-start a late-season run. However, that’s going to be extraordinarily difficult against one of the NFL’s very best teams.

Finally, if you’re looking for a superstitious reason to hope for a Packers win, how about this: in that 2016 game, the Eagles wore their all-black uniforms, and they’re doing so again this Sunday.

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