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Green Bay Packers' defensive collapse drives fan ratings after loss to Philadelphia Eagles

Larry Gallup
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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There are at least 363 reasons the Green Bay Packers defense got the lowest average scores in our postgame fan ratings after the Packers' 40-33 loss Sunday night to the Philadelphia Eagles.

That's the number of rushing yards the Eagles got, which included 157 by quarterback Jalen Hurts and 143 by running back Miles Sanders. Overall, Philadelphia averaged 7.4 yards per carry and ran for three touchdowns.

Lanes were open, gaps weren't filled, edges weren't set and many tackles were missed by the entire defensive unit.

Hurts also completed 16 of 28 passes for 153 yards and two more touchdowns.

Even though, at 9-1 coming into the game, the Eagles had the NFL's best record, it was an especially dismal showing by the Packers defense.

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The defensive linemen, dominated at the line of scrimmage, got the worst average score, 1.4 on a one-to-five scale, from about 1,700 voters. The other defensive groups didn't do much better, with the linebackers at 1.6 and the secondary at 1.7.

The coaches — and certainly the defensive coaches factored into this — were next-lowest at 1.9.

The Packers' offense, which has consistently been worse than the defense this season, actually did pretty well.

The running backs got the highest average score at 3.8. It wasn't a standout performance but Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon totaled 107 yards on 20 carries and caught six passes.

The wide receivers and tight ends were next at 3.4, as rookie Christian Watson continued his breakthrough with four catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.

The quarterbacks were at 3.0 — and that's quarterbacks plural as Jordan Love relieved the injured Aaron Rodgers in the second half — and the offensive linemen were at 2.9.

The special teams scored well, at 3.4, as Keisean Nixon had 172 yards on kickoff returns.

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Contact Larry Gallup at (920) 996-7216 or lgallup@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @LarryGallup.

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