The Sunday Morning Packers Gameday Preview

Good Morning Packer Nation!!! Welcome to the week 13 coverage of your 13 time world champion Green Bay Packers! Please join me and the rest of the CHTV staff for all things Packers as we get you set for the 3:25 CT showdown against the Eagles.

Good Morning Packer Nation!!! Welcome to The Sunday Morning Packers Gameday Preview!  This week, the Green Bay Packers will be looking to continue their winning ways as they take on the struggling Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field.  These have been trying times for the Eagles as they have dealt with their share of injuries and underwhelming performances which have put head coach Doug Pederson and starting quarterback Carson Wentz on the hotseat in Philly.    

Will Pederson and Wentz help the Eagles walk out of Lambeau with a win and provide themselves with some much-needed Philadelphia Freedom, or will Rodgers and the Packers expose the Eagles weaknesses and drive them closer to their breaking point?   I will have the answers to those questions and more in this week’s Sunday Morning Packers Gameday Preview.  

I am happy to have you with me here today for all things Packers; so just sit back, relax, and enjoy this morning’s Packers Gameday preview with your morning cup of Joe or drink of choice.

What to Expect Against the Eagles in Week 13?

15 interceptions, 46 sacks on their quarterbacks, and a -10 turnover ratio is not a pretty picture especially for a team that was expected to contend for a division title, but this is the current situation the Eagles find themselves in.  All of these disastrous stats are the culprit for their 3-7-1 record.

On the flip side, the Packers are 8-3 with one of the league’s best offensive units.  They have shown that they can take on the league’s best and have proven to be a top contender in the NFC.  Aaron Rodgers is playing at an MVP level; the rushing attack seems to be waking up and their offensive line has been one of the league’s best despite plenty of moving parts. 

For the Packers to continue their winning ways they must continue to have a balanced offensive attack and exploit the Eagles weaknesses.  The key to continued success will be for the rushing attack to get cooking (the Eagles defense gives up 128 rushing yards per game), control the clock, and set up the play-action game where Aaron Rodgers has a 135.9 quarterback rating.

For the Eagles, it’s pretty simple, get back to basics by running the ball (they average 5 yards per carry on the ground), and establish safe passing routes with opportunities for YAC.  Pederson needs to establish Sanders and Scott in the screen game and running game, try some read option and wild cat with Wentz and Hurts, and re-establish Zach Ertz and continue to involve Dallas Goedert.  

If the Eagles are successful in executing basic routes, they can pick their spots to take shots down the field.  The Eagles should expect plenty of different blitz packages in an effort to consistently hit and rattle Wentz which usually leads to a multiple turnover game.  The Eagles cannot afford to turn the ball over multiple times.  If this happens, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will blow them out of the building.             

Three Burning Questions That Will Determine the Outcome of This Afternoon’s Game:

  1. Will the Packers rushing attack continue to roll despite the loss of Corey Linsley?
  2. As always, will Mike Pettine find a way to at least contain the Eagles rushing attack? 
  3. Will Doug Pederson and the Eagles coaching staff go back to basics and utilize his running backs and tight ends so Carson Wentz will succeed?

Sunday Afternoon Fantasy Football Picks (Always Start the Plug and Play Guys)

  • Allen Lazard- I think with after two weeks of practice under his belt, Lazard will be featured prominently in the Packers offense.  I expect the Eagles to try and throw the kitchen sink at Davante Adams so I am expecting a 5+ catch, 85 + yard, touchdown performance from the Lizard. 
  • Miles Sanders- I see Sanders being a great flex option in daily fantasy leagues (if you can spare the cap room) because he is a 150+ total yard candidate for this afternoon’s game.  I think the Eagles have to make Sanders the focal point of their offense so I am expecting 23-25 touches (17-20 rushes, 4-5 catches) which will make him a week 13 difference maker.
  • Robert Tonyan- I think Tonyan stays hot and continues to get targets from Rodgers because the Eagles have to devote much of their focus to stopping Davante Adams and Aaron Jones.  I think Tonyan could see some targets on check downs, third downs, and RedZone situations. I think Big Bob will have a big 5+ catch, 50+ yard, touchdown performance.
  • Dallas Goedert/Zach Ertz- I think Wentz absolutely has to rely on both tight ends to provide balance to the offense.  I see a combined 8-10 catch effort so I think either player could be a flex option in deep leagues.
  • (Sleeper) Boston Scott- I think Boston Scott could provide big dividends in you front load your salaries in daily fantasy and need a cheap alternative at RB/Flex.  Scott has knack for providing a lot of bang for your buck in the RedZone and in the screen game.  I think Scott could have a 50+ total yard game with a touchdown.         

Picks, Parlays, and Game Props

  • Viable Anytime TD Scorer Options: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, Bob Tonyan, and Aaron Jones. 
  • Anytime TD Scorer Parlay: Davante Adams, Miles Sanders, Allen Lazard, and Aaron Jones (+2302) 
  • Two Touchdown Scorer: Miles Sanders (+800)
  • Game Pick: I think the Packers force a couple of turnovers (caused by pressures, hits, and sacks) which swings the momentum of the game in their favor and Aaron Rodgers continues to perform at an MVP level.  The Packers offense will not be stopped and I see them gaining 450+ yards of offense on their way to a 35-28 victory.      

Packer fans, I want to hear from you!  Let me know your thoughts on this game against the Eagles.  How do you see it playing out? Did you hit on any fantasy or game/parlay picks from the last few weeks?  What are your picks for this week?

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David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave 

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Lare's picture

December 06, 2020 at 07:02 am

The Packers win if they control the LOS, don't beat themselves and score more than 40 points.

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GatorJason's picture

December 06, 2020 at 09:45 am

Capt Obvious, with insightful analysis like that, you should be working for ESPN! Go Packers!!

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December 06, 2020 at 07:16 am

It ought to be a comfortable win. Thing is, we just can't be in-your-face, brash and bold about any game, since we don't know if the Defense decides to show up. If Pettine bikes down to lambeau or walks down there, Pack loses. If the pack loses against the Eagles, then Trubisky, Stafford, Tannehill, Bridgewater all lick their chops with a blueprint for revenge, and pack finishes 10-6, and one-done postseason.
Pettine better drive some D-train locomotives into that Eagle's Oline, please and get some early 3-outs. If the locomotives show up early (and King catches another gift-wrapped stocking stuffer), Eagles can't match, and pack puts up 6 TDs.

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Lphill's picture

December 06, 2020 at 08:06 am

Good points David, the Coaches better have the Packers ready to play because the Eagles have been called out all week especially Wentz, the last thing we need is Pettine and his schemes making Wentz look like a pro bowler , it was reported that Pederson is going to use both QB' s today and he is not calling the plays the Packers defense has to be ready for some trickery from a desperate team.

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December 06, 2020 at 12:08 pm

It’s at that point in the season where every game gets more important. We’re still in the hunt for top seed but we can’t lose any more games. If our leader comes out sharp and focused, this should be under control by halftime.

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Lphill's picture

December 06, 2020 at 12:25 pm

I hope so Leatherhead the Eagles are 3 rd in the leauge in yards per carry , just over 5 per, and they get the running back, back today who had a big game last year against the Packers, Pettine better have his guys ready.

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PatrickGB's picture

December 06, 2020 at 02:13 pm

I predict an upset. They will run all over us, our run game stalls and Wentz gets his act together.

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dobber's picture

December 06, 2020 at 02:37 pm

Classic trap game...Philly is still in the hunt for their division, and has gone through the paces of a desperate team this week (players only meeting, coach on the hot seat, etc.). If the Packers can get an early lead--as they've been able to do most of the season--they might make it very hard on Philly. If Philly gets a lead, their physicality might be hard for the Packers to match.

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Lphill's picture

December 06, 2020 at 02:52 pm

I understand Austin not active because he needs to learn the offense, but Anthony Rush couldnt get in a few snaps at nose? He is inactive.

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