The Eagles took a hellacious pounding by a surging Packers team, fresh off of a 55-14 beating of the Bears. Green Bay continued to be a heartland buzzsaw, shredding the Eagles 53-20 at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.
The win really showed the disparity between an on-fire Aaron Rodgers and a Mark Sanchez who played serviceably against troubled teams prior to Sunday. All notions of a Sanchez revival will take a backseat for the time being; perhaps Nick Foles can't heal soon enough.
Green Bay never trailed, kicking off the scoring with a Mason Crosby field goal and never looking back, building leads of 17-0 and 30-3 prior to a second Eagles field goal before halftime. At points, the game didn't even feel that close.
The Eagles defense may as well have been Mel Tucker's Bears unit for the way Rodgers flayed them. In all, Rodgers threw for three touchdown passes and 341 yards, with most of the damage coming in the first half. Perfect ball placement and confidence in the pocket guided Rodgers, who led the first team to go turnover-less against the Eagles since Denver did it on September 29 of last year. The Packers performance ends a 21-game streak of Philadelphia's defense garnering a takeaway.
Two of Rodgers' three touchdown throws came in the first half; one to rookie Davante Adams with 3:33 remaining in the first quarter, and the other for 27 yards to Jordy Nelson with 10:39 remaining in the half. The game was pretty much out of reach when Rodgers hit Eddie Lacy for 32 yards early in the fourth quarter. Behind Rodgers, Green Bay converted five of their six first half third downs.
BURNT LIKE TOAST
After playing the best game of his career against the Panthers on Monday night, Bradley Fletcher found himself getting twisted and turned like a pipe-cleaner when trying to cover Nelson. The world-class receiver caught only four balls, but for a whopping 109 yards. One reception was an early 64-yarder with Fletcher lagging behind like a stock-car's parachute, only without the slowing capabilities.
Randall Cobb made out with some monster fantasy numbers, adding 129 yards on ten grabs, mostly as an undeneath target that seemed virtually impossible to cover. The early Packer drives moved at will, with the pass rush stifled outside of a Vinny Curry sack in the second quarter that forced a fumble, recovered by the offense.
The same Mark Sanchez that astounded everyone with a turnover-less performance on Monday reverted into his overwhelmed form, punished by a Green Bay defense that refused to relent. In all, Sanchez wound up on the hook for four turnovers, a handful of which killed promising drives.
Sanchez did throw two touchdown passes, albeit with the game out of reach, to Jordan Matthews and Jeremy Maclin. While the performances of both receivers enhance their impressive numbers on the season, Sanchez's stat-line is brutalized by two interceptions and two lost fumbles. Before the Panthers game, the Eagles' -10 turnover ratio was a blight on the team. After improving it to -5 following the crushing win, the Packer defeat shunts it back down to -9.
MANY UNHAPPY RETURNS
Take away three return touchdowns by the Packers, and they 'only' win 33-20. In the first quarter, the dam burst after a Micah Hyde 75-yard punt return went to the house. The play was notable for Josh Huff freezing like a deer in the headlights with a chance to tackle Hyde dead in his tracks. Instead, the Eagles fell into a 17-0 hole.
Hopelessly down in the second half, Sanchez gave away another pair of scores. Midway through the third quarter, Julius Peppers easily picked off a pass in the flat, running it back 52 yards. About the only consolation was that Mason Crosby missed the extra point. Early in the fourth, Sanchez lost the ball, and Casey Heyward ran that one back 49 yards to put the laugher further out of reach.
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