The Packers must avoid making the same mistakes versus the Eagles as last year.
Matt LaFleur suffered the first loss of his head-coaching career last season against the Philadelphia Eagles. His improved Green Bay Packers team must avoid making the same mistakes again this time around.
For starters, the Packers couldn’t stop the run in that game. Philadelphia had 33 attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns, allowing the Eagles to do whatever they wanted on offense.
However, given the way Green Bay’s offense was playing against a struggling Philadelphia secondary, none of that likely would’ve mattered if not for avoidable mistakes.
Packers made mistake after mistake versus Eagles in 2019
The Packers turned the ball over twice in last year’s meeting with the Eagles not turning it over once. That’s not a good recipe for success.
But the errors began before then.
Shortly after Mason Crosby converted a field goal to give the Packers a well-deserved 10-0 lead, Miles Sanders returned the kickoff for 67 yards, setting the Eagles up with a short field. It took just five plays for Carson Wentz to find Alshon Jeffery in the end zone.
After kicking another field goal to build their lead, Crosby’s next kickoff went out of bounds to give Philadelphia the ball at its own 40-yard line. The result? The Eagles went 60 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. The momentum had flipped.
In the second quarter, down 14-13, Aaron Rodgers was sacked and fumbled, again setting the Eagles up in great field position on the Packers’ 17-yard line. Again, they scored.
In the end, these mistakes all added up. The Eagles took a lead and the Packers were unable to find the end zone despite having multiple opportunities late in the game. Despite Green Bay’s offense dominating Philadelphia’s secondary throughout the game, the turnovers and mistakes cost the team the win.
This year’s Eagles team has struggled, winning only three of their 11 games. Turning the ball over has been the number one issue for them as well as Wentz struggling to rediscover his MVP-level form.
The Packers have the talent to win this game just as they did last season. They must avoid making the same mistakes this time.