5 Bold Predictions for Eagles' Week 10 Matchup
The Eagles caught a lucky break, as they will be facing the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers this Sunday. Without arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, it's hard to imagine the Packers will be as potent offensively with Seneca Wallace at the helm—especially with reports surfacing that they are looking to bring back Matt Flynn.
Against Seneca Wallace and a depleted Packers receiving corps, the Eagles may have a tactical advantage. It won't be an easy battle, but it is certainly a winnable one.
Below are five bold predictions for this week's showdown with Green Bay.
1. Mychal Kendricks Will Record 15 Tackles
Conventional wisdom says that the Packers will be looking to run the ball more without Rodgers, or they will call more predictable passing patterns. Expect Kendricks to shine against Green Bay.
2. Riley Cooper Will Catch 2 or More Touchdowns
Green Bay's pass defense may be ranked around the middle of the league, but in terms of opponents' passer ratings, it is the ninth worst in the NFL. Opposing quarterbacks post a 95.3 passer rating against it.
And with a quarterback as hot as Nick Foles coming into town, expect Cooper to continue to find success. The Packers will likely take their chances with Cooper, fearing DeSean Jackson more, and they will pay the price.
3. Zach Ertz Will Have a Breakout Game
Zach Ertz had somewhat of a breakout game last week, catching five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. While Ertz has been hardly impressive this year, he finally seemed to have some chemistry down with Foles.
Ertz is the most talented tight end on the roster. Celek is the superior blocker, but if Ertz can limit his dropped passes, it will be hard for Kelly to not give him playing time.
Don't be surprised if Ertz takes a huge step forward this weekend.
4. Seneca Wallace Will Post a Passer Rating Below 80
Maybe the Packers should have held onto Vince Young. Young may be past his prime, but he has at least shown the ability to perform well in late-game situations.
When called into action against the Bears, Wallace struggled with a 53.4 passer rating against a very over-hyped Bears defense.
Of course, Wallace should be better against the Eagles. He will have a full week of practice reps with the first team.
But the Eagles defense has shown significant improvement every single week so far. As the game against the Raiders has shown, if the defense can get offensive support, it is now capable of winning games.
Players like Bradley Fletcher and Earl Wolff seem to be finding their niche. Wallace will have a tough day on Sunday.
5. Bryce Brown Will Have a Big Day
Bryce Brown had his best game of the season against Oakland, with seven carries for 54 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per carry. LeSean McCoy has seen a dip in production the past few weeks, not looking quite as explosive and elusive as he had in the first six games of the season, and Brown has functioned excellently as a change-of-pace player.
McCoy may be a bit fatigued from the heavy workload he's had so far this season. Andy Reid was never a run-heavy coach in Philly, and McCoy may simply not be accustomed to having so many carries per game. And after a good game against Oakland, Kelly may have more confidence in Brown to give him more carries.