Everything is going the way of the Philadelphia Eagles lately. Quarterback Nick Foles took the helm in Week 9 and recorded seven touchdown passes. If that doesn't give a young quarterback some confidence, then there's no hope.
Talk about the stars aligning.
For Philadelphia it had to be great to see Foles succeed in such dominating fashion. Even with Foles' stellar performance, Mike Vick is listed as doubtful. That means he could play in Week 10.
The safe assumption is that Foles will be running the show. While many analysts thought that Chip Kelly needed a mobile quarterback, it seems that Foles is better for Philadelphia's offense.
Especially in the red zone.
However, Foles and company aren't playing the Oakland Raiders this week. Still, the Packers aren't exactly a defensive juggernaut. Here's how they compare to the Raiders team that Foles and the Eagles routed for 49 points.
|Raiders and Packers Defensive Rankings|
|Total YPG||Rush YPG||Pass YPG||Points|
The Eagles fast-paced attack, however, will likely have to face Clay Matthews.
But one has to wonder if it will be the same Clay Matthews that recorded three sacks in the first four games. Certainly, one thing will be different. That being the gargantuan club he's expected to wear.
"Clubber Clay" will have to adjust to his injury, which will limit his technique.
Foles and the Eagles offensive line have their collective fingers crossed for a limited Matthews. Either way, his presence is a presence that must be accounted for. And sometimes just having a leader back in the lineup motivates others to play better.
Expect the Eagles to see a watered-down version of Clay Matthews. But also expect to see an improved pass rush for the Packers as a whole.
Still, the Eagles should have no problem moving the ball against Green Bay. The question is can they stop Eddie Lacy?
Lacy kept the Packers in the game when Rodgers went down against the Chicago Bears. He gouged the Bears defense for 150 yards at a 6.8 yards per carry average. Chicago's defense isn't what it once was. They rank 29th against the run.
Meanwhile, the Eagles rank 14th.
Regardless of defensive rankings, the Eagles are still expecting a heavy dose of Lacy. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans has the defense focused on stopping the run.
My, how things change when Aaron Rodgers is holding a clipboard instead of playing under center.
The Packers will probably have some success running the ball, but, at some point, a balanced attack will be needed to beat the Eagles. Seneca Wallace probably doesn't give anyone a balanced attack.
Heck, working out Matt Flynn can't be a good thing.
The Eagles, however, do have a balanced attack. With Foles airing it out and LeSean McCoy on the ground, they'll be able to put up points when they get the ball. Barring an Oregon-esque inability to stop the run, the Eagles will cruise to victory.
It also helps that Kelly's four NFL wins have all come on the road.