Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 13 vs. Eagles

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Five Packers key to victory in Week 13 vs. Eagles.

It’s December and the heat gets turned up. At least in the sense of playoffs races and meaningful football.

Up next for the Green Bay Packers is a showdown with the downtrodden Philadelphia Eagles. The Birds from PA are down but not out of the race for the NFC East and come in looking to stay in the thick of things.

The last time the Packers played the Eagles after meeting the Bears was 2014 when the Packers put up 50-plus points two weeks in a row.

The team wouldn’t mind the same outcome of that season but it’s not likely things will play out in the same way.

Philadelphia has lost their last three games and are in desperate need of a win. Green Bay can expect Doug Pederson and his squad to give all they have to come away with a victory.

The Eagles are amazingly only one game out of first place despite having only three wins. The East is an absolute mess and all it’s going to take is to get hot in December to punch their ticket to the playoffs. The Eagles want to start that hot streak Sunday.

Green Bay comes into the game after thrashing the Bears 41-25 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score says. The Packers dominated the Bears but allowed some garbage time scores to get the score close.

The defense wants to and needs to put together a complete performance. Question marks have surrounded the defense since last season and even though they were up big, giving up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter does not inspire confidence.

Reinforcements are on the way though. Brian Gutekunst added a mountain of a man, claiming Anthony Rush off waivers. At 6-foot-5 and 360 pounds, Rush has the size to help in run defense, clogging running lanes and holding the point.

The offense and special teams wasn’t neglected. He also brought in Tavon Austin to help in the return game and on offense.

While those two will not be the focal point of this game, these five players will be.