Packers defense will need to be ready for Eagles’ speed on offense

Green Bay Packers, Kevin King (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Kevin King (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

The Packers defense will face a revamped Eagles offense in 2020.

Only one visiting team left Lambeau Field with a victory last season, and that was the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Green Bay Packers had little trouble moving up and down the field prior to Davante Adams getting injured, but the biggest concern was the defense.

Carson Wentz, well-protected all game, had all the time in the world to pick apart Mike Pettine’s defense. Wentz threw three touchdown passes, while the Eagles also rushed for 176 yards and two more scores.

Eagles’ speed on offense will test Packers defense

Like Green Bay, Philadelphia entered this offseason with a major need at wide receiver. Last season, no pass-catcher reached the 1,000-yard milestone, and no wide receiver even made 500 yards.

The receiving corps was hit with injuries, but the Eagles knew they needed to make changes in the draft. And that’s what they did. There was a focus on adding speed, starting with talented first-round pick Jalen Reagor, who the Eagles selected ahead of Justin Jefferson.

Philadelphia then added John Hightower and Quez Watkins on Day 3, two more speedy receivers. But to complete the overhaul of the wide receiver position, the Eagles also traded for Marquise Goodwin during the draft. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are still under contract also.

It might be unlikely that all three of their rookie wide receivers make a significant impact this year, but they’ve strengthened their depth at the position in a big way. Reagor, in particular, is a player Eagles fans should be excited about.

Philadelphia made the changes on offense that Green Bay should’ve done.

The Packers’ pass rush couldn’t get home in last year’s meeting with the Eagles, allowing Wentz a chance to enjoy a coffee before attempting a pass. Now, their offense will give the Packers defense even more to be concerned about.

To win this game, Pettine’s defense will need to put in a much stronger performance than last September.