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Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles: staffers predict


OK, you fans of the Green Bay Packers, here we are heading into the Week 11 matchup against NFC East Division leader Philadelphia Eagles … and with it comes staffers predictions.

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Josh McPeak

Josh McPeak: It’s really hard for me to see Mark Sanchez duplicating his 332 yard, 2 touchdown night. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers are showing signs that they could become the dynamic duo that push this defense over the top. Casey Heyward is also transforming into one of the best play-making corners in the NFL.

My fantasy team has been waiting for a breakout performance from LeSean McCoy however. I really hope it’s not this week but I know it is looming. Connor Barwin will also need to be blocked this week.

Honestly, I don’t think Green Bay will lose another game until the 2015 regular season.

Packers 34 Eagles 20

David Burdette

David Burdette: Looks like a high scoring one.

The Packers have been destroying at home to the tune of over 40 points while Philly is coming off of a 45-point win over the Panthers.

Aaron Rodgers is proving he is one of the game’s best quarterbacks, while his weapons such as Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Eddie Lacy are on fire. Can the Packers defense hold, however, versus a fast paced offense?

On the other side, Chip Kelly seems to be proving his system can utilize any quarterback. Mark Sanchez played some turnover-free football last week, but can he continue it versus a contender? The Packers have two things to worry about from these Eagles – an opportunitistic defense, and Shady McCoy turning it on.

In the end, Rodgers is just too much to handle.

Packers 42 Eagles 34

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson: So, the Clay-Matthews-in-the-middle trick worked.

Has it saved the run defense?

Will Dom Capers ever use it again now that the rest of the league is ready for it?

Or will Matthews continue to split time with Nick Perry holding the edge on the outside?

It might not matter if the Green Bay Packers offense is clicking this week like it was against the Bears night. I don’t expect Aaron Rodgers to throw six touchdowns in the first half, but I do expect fireworks, and I expect the Lambeau advantage to propel the Pack to victory.

Packers 37 Eagles 28

Patrick Hughes

Patrick Hughes: This week 11 matchup is important for the Packers because they need wins against playoff-level competition.

The Eagles are said  competition.

If Green Bay wins, playoff hopes are substantiated; if they lose, the Pack appears to be a team that can’t get over the hump.

My hunch is the Packers pull out a hard-fought victory and continue to build the case that they are a team with which to reckon.

Packers 35 Eagles 24

Darryl Krejci

Darryl Krejci: Sticking with what is tried and true, I will again put on the tutu, the Pabst hat, leg warmers and my “Owner” jersey and with the power of the tutu at Lambeau Field, brings forth a victory against Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez.

In the end, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will combine for a bazillion yards. Aaron Rodgers will throw for five touchdowns and the defense will have at least one pick-six.

Packers 45 Eagles 14

Kenn Korb

Kenn Korb: We are in for a good one here. These two teams are both coming off of impressive all-around late-night performances against lesser competition.

How will they fare against much better competition?

Big surprise – I see a ton of offensive prowess being exhibited here. The Packers are firing on all cylinders offensively and will continue to move the ball quickly and effectively against the Eagles.

I doubt it will be as easy as it was against Chicago – especially since the Eagles do have a decent-quality defense. But whatever impact they do make won’t make up for the plays and points put up against them.

On the flip side, expect the Eagles to try punishing the sub-par run defense of the Packers all day, with a mixture of passes by Sanchez to keep it moving.

Clay Matthews and Co. have their work cut out for them in terms of stopping a high-powered offense, but if the group can play anywhere close to the level shown against the Bears, it would make things a lot easier.

In a game of offenses, side with the better QB.

That’s Aaron Rodgers, without a doubt.

He moves around and creates plays better than anyone in the league, and he’s playing at a ridiculous level right now. Even with the backing of an expectedly-potent run-game and Chip Kelly’s playcalling, Mark Sanchez just doesn’t compare.

The difference will be shown on the scoreboard; in this case, it’s about 11 points.

Packers 44 Eagles 33

Dan VerDuin

Dan VerDuin: If it were Nick Foles starting this week, I would have a completely different prediction. However, given Mark Sanchez’s more frequent issues, I am going to be leaning toward the Packers.

I do not have any confidence in the Packers defense to stop any kind of under route, screen pass, or crossing route, which basically means the Eagles and Darren Sproles will be able to do 60 percent or more of their playbook anyways.

With that said, I have confidence in our Packers offense led by Rodgers and accompanied by Nelson, Cobb, and Lacy to take us to a win.

Packers 31 Eagles 30

Ray Rivard

Ray Rivard: It. Is. Time.

The Green Bay Packers have not won a game against a top tier team in like two season.

It. Is. Time.

Whether or not former Packers outside linebacker coach Kevin Greene is in the picture, his words – It. Is. Time. – ring true today.

Everything points the Packers way: They are playing at home, Aaron Rodgers is on fire, the mix of the run and passing game in gaining momentum, and the defense is beginning to show signs that they can actually disrupt offenses and get off the field on third down.

Expect the Packers to give up at least three touchdowns today, but that’s OK because Aaron Rodgers will lead the white-hot Packers to at least four scores. This one could be high scoring, but Green Bay finally gets the monkey of its back and wins convincingly at home.

It. Is. Time.

Packers 44 Eagles 24