(WLAX/WEUX) – Yes, the 8-3 Green Bay Packers are poised in a near-perfect position as they enter the final month of the 2020 season.
The Packers enjoy a three-game cushion in the NFC North Division. They’re one-game back of New Orleans in the race for the top seed in the conference. They host three of their four December games at Lambeau Field before a January 3rd rematch with the Bears in Chicago.
And the 3-7-1 Philadelphia Eagles are up first up. While the Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz are reeling, it would be wise to remember the fourth game of the 2019 season.
The 3-0 Packers hosted the 0-3 Eagles at Lambeau, and it was a fired-up and physical Philly team that walked off the field victorious, 34-27.
The Eagles rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns by Jordan Howard, and their defense made a last-stand interception at the goal line to preserve the win.
“In the NFL, you can’t take nothing for granted,” said former Chicago Bears head coach and HOF tight end Mike Ditka.
But Ditka feels the Packers—and their MVP candidate quarterback–are on a roll entering the crucial final five-game stretch and a decisive 41-25 romp over the Bears.
“The Packers are a good team,” Ditka said. “We know that—they’re 8-3 for a reason. Anytime you have No. 12 at quarterback and a running game you have a balanced, dangerous offense. Aaron Jones takes the pressure off Rodgers and Davante Adams looks really good. Green Bay has weapons. Their offense is on the same page and they’re well-coached. It’s one thing to call the play, but you also have a quarterback who can execute any throw. Aaron Rodgers lifts that whole team on his shoulders, elevates the play of the entire team.
“That defense looked pretty good. No team is perfect and you have to play complementary football in all three phases. Stop the run is the first priority for any defense and make them one-dimensional. Rodgers and the Packers started so fast, and then the Bears turned the ball over. And you can’t make mistakes—interceptions, fumbles—because Rodgers and that offense will make you pay. The Bears have their issues on offense, you have to have balance. Rodgers chopped up the defense pretty good. . . there’s still five more games to play. . . the Packers control their own destiny.
Philadelphia. At Detroit. Then Carolina and Tennessee at home, culminating with a finale in the Windy City. The only team with a winning record is the Titans. “You have to take them one at a time,” Ditka said. “It’s a cliché for a reason.”
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Next up at Lambeau: reeling three-win Eagles coming off MNF loss. Last season 0-3 Philadelphia bullied 3-0 Green Bay at home and pulled off 34-27 upset with 176 yards on the ground. Not this time.
Packers 33, Eagles 20.