3. Defense finds the end zone again
The Packers match up well with the Eagles.
Philadelphia turns the ball over. A lot. The Eagles have 21 giveaways this season, third-most in the NFL. Wentz leads the league in interceptions and the team has also lost six fumbles. It’s hardly surprising given Wentz is on pace to be sacked almost 67 times this season.
If Green Bay can take the lead early and force Philadelphia to play catch-up, Wentz is going to have to take risks. If the pass rush can generate pressure and force Wentz into quick decisions, it will lead to some turnover opportunities for this defense.
Mike Pettine’s defense arguably had its best performance of the season last week against the Bears, sacking Mitch Trubisky three times and finishing the game with seven quarterback hits. Darnell Savage intercepted Trubisky twice and Preston Smith returned a fumble for a touchdown.
The Packers’ pass rush can create problems for the Eagles offense, and I predict it will lead to multiple turnovers. Like last week, one of them will be returned for six points.
With five games to go, the Packers are still in the mix for the NFC’s top seed but will need to be close to perfect the rest of the way. Winning this week is important.
What are your bold predictions for the game?