Packers Morning Buzz: Eagles concoct perfect plan for springing upset
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia offering observations from the Eagles' perspective after their 34-27 win Thursday night over the Packers. Frank opines that Eagles coach Doug Pederson came up with the perfect strategy for winning in Green Bay:
I loved the concept of Doug Pederson's gameplan — to run the ball early and often, try to control the clock and wear down the Packers, and keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. I think it gave the Eagles the best chance to win a game in a very loud stadium, a very difficult stadium to play in. Pederson found a terrific balance with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, and it seemed to keep the Packers off balance. Sanders and Howard combined for 159 rushing yards on 26 carries and the Eagles netted 176 rushing yards in all. ... Attacking with an authoritative running game and keeping Rodgers off the field as much as possible was the only way the Eagles were going to stay in the game. Pederson spent enough years in Green Bay to understand the challenge of coming in here, and the gameplan was perfect.
You can read Frank's other observations here:
Tom Silverstein writes that Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers let a potential signature win slip away:
Here's the play that ended the Packers' final hopes of tying the game late:
Pete Dougherty warns that injuries and the inability to stop opponents from running all over them spell trouble:
The Packers could be in even bigger trouble if Davante Adams' toe injury lingers:
Did the Packers give up too quickly on their run game?
Running back Jamaal Williams, who was carted off after the first play from scrimmage with head and neck injuries, said on Instagram that he was doing OK:
Eagles' balanced attack shakes Packers' confident defense:
Ryan Wood and Olivia Reiner discuss how the defense could use a run-stuffer like Mike Daniels:
The Packers have yet to put together a complete game on offense, writes Jim Owczarski in his Packers Insider:
Jaire Alexander and Darnell Savage are the future of the Packers' secondary, Silverstein writes:
Savage is off to such an impressive start that he's the early favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors:
Former Packers GM Ron Wolf always tells it like it is:
And finally: The story behind how Aaron Rodgers and Brian Bulaga became big fans of Manchester City:
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