The Eagles face a tough opponent right out of the gate on Sunday when the Packers come to town. This is a team who will contend for their division and are a likely playoff team. However, this doesn’t mean the Eagles are doomed. They’re far from it.
In my eyes, this is a game the Eagles can definitely win. Here’s why:
1. The offense is better than you think
Kevin Kolb didn’t leave the offense to a single touchdown in the preseason. Who cares, it’s the preseason. People constantly moan about how much they hate the preseason and how it doesn’t mean anything, but then they get scared because Kolb didn’t light up defenses. Deep breath everyone.
This offense will score points. They held things back in the preseason, and I think we’re going to see a lot different looking offense come Sunday. With a Week One match-up like this, why would the Eagles show all their cards during four games that don’t count? Think about it.
2. The Packers secondary is banged up and very young
The Packers had one of the best defenses in the league last year. A lot of it had to do with their secondary. Charles Woodson is a great player and I expect him to play very well on Sunday. However, two key parts of their secondary will be absent this weekend. Al Harris and Atari Bigby will both miss the game. This means that half of the secondary the Packers would like to have on the field won’t be there.
Replacing Bigby at safety will be third round draft pick Morgan Burnett, and Tramon Williams will replace Al Harris. This shifting around also means that undrafted rookie Sam Shields will be the nickel corner for the Packers on Sunday. This should have Kolb salivating.
Look for Jason Avant and Brent Celek to have big days on offense.
3. Eagles pass rush will get to Aaron Rodgers all day
This was the off-season strategy, wasn’t it? We picked up a bunch of young, speedy defensive ends and linebackers who will look to get in Rodgers face early and often. The Eagles know if they don’t pressure Rodgers, he will pick them apart.
With a year under his belt, Sean McDermott has a much improved defense with two stud defensive ends, one high-motored rookie and one who has already found himself in the Pro Bowl.
4. The Packers don’t travel well outside of Lambeau
Here’s a fun fact, and one that should help calm your nerves if you’re fearful about this game. Rodgers has only beaten a team with a record above .500 one time outside of Lambeau Field. Unfortunately the Eagles don’t have any record right now, but you get the point.
Don’t think this fact means auto-win, but it’s something to keep in mind.
5. The power of kelly green
Is this a stupid reason? Eh, maybe. However, the Eagles had a blowout win the last time they wore anniversary jerseys at home against an NFC North opponent. It was the Lions, but who cares. These jerseys are awesome. I’m totally on the bandwagon for ditching the black alternates and making these the full time alternates.