Five takeaways from Packers’ season-saving win at Eagles
Packers show urgency at last
A sense of urgency lacked the Packers until it was too late throughout their four-game losing run.
That all changed Monday night. Green Bay played with purpose, energy and an understanding of the importance of their play. Mike McCarthy executed an aggressive gameplan focused on taking the game to Philadelphia, and silencing their vocal fans.
The Packers also played with heightened focus. They were highly efficient on offense, converting 10-of-14 third downs and 1-of-1 on fourth down.
Aaron Rodgers was sharp, completing almost 77 percent of his 39 passes. Davante Adams displayed ability he could’ve only dreamed about a year ago, looking like the second-round pick he was expected to be.
The Packers were efficient in all phases of the game. An Achilles heel on special teams this year has been defending kickoff returns. Philadelphia lead the league in kickoff return yards, but they were held to an average of just 16.3.
Question marks still surround a decimated defense, but the unit surrendered only one touchdown, sacking Carson Wentz four times and intercepting him once. Signs of life were evident after allowing an average of 38.32 points per game in their past four.
The Packers knew they needed this one, and it was clear from the opening kickoff.