Packers: Turnovers could be the difference vs. Eagles in Week 13

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Turnovers could be the difference between the Packers and Eagles.

Despite both teams still being in contention to host a playoff game in January, the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles are having very different seasons offensively.

For the Packers, their two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having one of his best seasons. Rodgers is dominating defenses and making some incredible plays each and every week. He belongs in the MVP race again this year.

Carson Wentz, once an MVP candidate who helped his team win the Super Bowl, is struggling in an offense that can’t stop turning the football over.

And turnovers are the major difference between these two teams ahead of Sunday’s meeting at Lambeau Field.

Neither defense will be pleased with the number of takeaways they have this season. Green Bay did come away with three turnovers in last week’s win over the Chicago Bears, taking the season tally to 12, but that’s just one ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams rank in the bottom half of the league for takeaways.

When it comes to turning the ball over, these two teams couldn’t be further apart.

Rodgers has always protected the ball as well as any quarterback and this season is no different. Rodgers has just four interceptions this year and the Packers have fumbled five times. Green Bay has turned the ball over just nine times, third-fewest in the NFL.

In contrast, Philadelphia has the third-most turnovers with 21. Wentz has thrown 15 interceptions, a league-high and over three times as many as Rodgers.

Wentz has 15 interceptions in 11 games this season. Rodgers has 15 interceptions in his past 49 games, dating back to Week 2 of the 2017 season.

Turning the ball over is a major reason why the Eagles enter Week 13 with a 3-7-1 record. Wentz has been a million miles away from his MVP-level season.

On Sunday, turnovers could again be the difference between these two teams.