Packers: Important Takeaways from Green Bay’s Win over the Eagles

The Green Bay Packers came into Philadelphia needing a win. And after playing their most complete football game in over a year, that’s exactly what they got.

For one of the first time’s this season, the Packers played complementary football. The offense, behind Aaron Rodgers excelled. The defense, despite some struggles early, got stops and special teams executed perfectly.

This was a great team win for the Packers and it’s one that now gives them some momentum going forward. At 5-6, there is still plenty of work to do, but had Green Bay fallen to 4-7, all hope would be lost.

Now, the Packers have life. They also have a quarterback, who has found his MVP form. That is one key takeaway and here are the three most important one’s from Monday Night’s 27-13 win over the Eagles.

1 — He’s Baaack — 

If you missed the game, I feel sorry for you, because Aaron Rodgers was at his absolute best. He completed 30 of 39 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Rodgers averaged eight yards per attempt. His quarterbacking rating was a stellar 116.7 and his QBR, was 92.6, which is off the charts.

Leading up to the Eagles game, Rodgers said he felt the Packers could run the table. He said the offense was starting to click. Boy, was he right. Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to a lesser extent, couldn’t be stopped. They were getting open and Rodgers was right on the money.

The protection up front was stellar and the two-time MVP picked apart the Eagles, a defense that was ranked in the top 10 in both points and yards allowed. It had allowed just nine points a game in its previous four games at home, all wins.

But the great thing about Rodgers, is this is just the beginning. He’s been trending in this direction for weeks and over his last six games, he has 18 touchdowns compared to three picks. In that same time, Rodgers is averaging 317 yards per game. He also has three consecutive games over 100 and has posted a passer rating over more than 100 in four of his last six outings.

In short, he’s on fire and if he keeps playing that way, the Packers have a chance against anyone.

2. — Pass Rush finally gets going — 

For weeks, the Green Bay defense has failed to offer any resistance, but last night, that finally changed. And while Green Bay didn’t play great defensively in the first half, it sealed the deal in the second.

Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Nick Perry and Mike Daniels all notched sacks in the win for the Packers. In addition to four sacks, the Packers hit Eagles QB Carson Wentz eight times.

The second half should be a reminder that this defense was built to play with and protect the lead. It allowed Green Bay to be aggressive and attack the quarterback. That’s the recipe for success and seeing the pass rush get going, was significant.

3 — Davante Adams is the No.1 right now —

Nelson may regain the No.1 spot in wide receiving pecking order for the Packers, but right now, Adams is Green Bay’s best receiver.

The third-year pro is having a tremendous six-game stretch just like Rodgers. In those games, he has 43 receptions for 558 yards and five touchdowns. For the season, he 58 catches for 776 yards and eight scores. He is also averaging 13.4 yards a reception.

This is the kind of player the Packers expected Adams to become after his rookie season. But injuries hindered him last year. Now, he’s developing into legit big-time threat for this offense. His issues with drops are nothing but a distant memory.

Looking ahead – 

The Packers are now two games behind Detroit. But as I wrote last week, they are still very much in it.

Green Bay will host Houston this Sunday, with a chance to get 6-6. If the Packers can do that, they will be right back in the hunt with a home game looming against Seattle.

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