The Green Bay Packers played the best half of pro football in week 10 the league arguably has ever seen, and they’ll try to carry that momentum into a huge week 11 clash with the Philadelphia Eagles.
They’ll need to, as Philly is quite the formidable opponent on paper, as they walk into Lambeau Field with a stellar 7-2 mark. Mark Sanchez has kept the offense humming the past two weeks, while a formerly porous Philly defense has grown to be adept at forcing turnovers and finding ways to score.
The big question is, can the green and gold keep up with the Eagles on their own turf, or is this where Green Bay’s inconsistent defense is finally exposed in front of their home crowd?
Despite the huge matchup at home, Packers tickets are still a fantastic bargain buy at just $203.78 on average, while fans of both sides can get in the door for just $77.
Of course, Green Bay fans will only recognize it as true value if the Packers escape with a win, something that will likely only be accomplished if their touch and go defense can show up in a big way.
Judging off of last week, that just might happen. Green Bay wisely switched up their scheme on defense, as they utilized athletic sideline to sideline linebacker Clay Matthews as a middle linebacker, instead of as a pure pass-rusher on the outside. That improved Green Bay’s run defense against the Chicago Bears in week 10, while also allowing Matthews to get his hands on the ball more and help create turnovers.
Going into week 11, Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers is sure to stick with what’s working, and that should mean a lot of Mathews all over the field again. That could be bad news for the Eagles, who haven’t been very effective on the ground with LeSean McCoy and may not want to rely too much on Sanchez’s arm. Sanchez has been the answer for them the past two weeks, but if he drowns in a sea of turnovers, Packers fans could easily witness another drubbing at Lambeau.