Week 11 Preview: Eagles at Packers

We have team notes and stats as we take our final look before Sunday's NFC showdown vs. Philadelphia


KICKOFF: Sunday, 3:25 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE: Packers by 4 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Philadelphia 5-3-1, Green Bay 4-4-1

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 25-16

LAST MEETING: Eagles beat Packers 27-13, Nov. 10, 2013

LAST WEEK: Eagles beat Panthers 45-21; Packers beat Bears 55-14

AP PRO32 RANKING: Eagles No. 4, Packers No. 6

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Eagles beat Packers 17-13 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in 1960 for Philadelphia's third and most recent NFL championship. ... Eagles 14-3 in last 17 regular-season games, tying Arizona for best record in that span. ... Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin and Packers WR Jordy Nelson, along with Steelers WR Antonio Brown, are only players in NFL with at least 800 yards receiving and eight TD catches. ... Maclin tied with Calvin Williams for seventh on franchise's career receiving touchdowns list with 34. ... LB Connor Barwin has 10 1/2 sacks since Week 4, most in NFL. ... LB Brandon Graham tied for first in league with four forced fumbles. ... K Cody Parkey has hit 13 straight field-goal attempts. ... Packers lead NFL in point differential at home, outscoring opponents 166-65 in four games. ... Packers under coach Mike McCarthy are 30-2 at home when scoring 30-plus points. ... QB Aaron Rodgers leads NFL with 129.5 passer rating in first half of games. He threw for six TDs in first half of win over Chicago. ... Rodgers has gone 286 straight pass attempts at Lambeau Field without interception, last throwing pick at home on Dec. 2, 2012, against Minnesota. ... WR Jordy Nelson needs 111 yards for second straight 1,000-yard receiving season and third in four years. ... WR Randall Cobb has touchdown catch in last six games. ... LB Julius Peppers has 3 1/2 sacks in last two games. ... CB Casey Hayward has three interceptions in last four games. ... K Mason Crosby has made franchise-best six straight field goals from at least 50 yards.


GETTING TO RODGERS: There are few quarterbacks in the league better at extending plays than Rodgers, who showed no lingering effects last week from a sore left hamstring. The Packers' quick-strike offense can beat foes on screens to running back Eddie Lacy or deep balls to receiver Jordy Nelson.

The Eagles, second in the NFL with 32 sacks, are coming off a game in which linebacker Connor Barwin got to Carolina's Cam Newton 3 1/2 times. Packers starting guards Josh Sitton (toe) and T.J. Lang (ankle) played well last week with injuries, though they are admittedly not at 100 percent.

WHERE'S CLAY?: One of the biggest keys to the Green Bay defense's shutdown last week against the Bears was the move of linebacker Clay Matthews inside when the Packers played with five defensive backs. Matthews would be one of two inside linebackers on the field in that scheme.

Matthews finished with a career-high 11 tackles and a sack. The Packers shored up their run defense. With the element of surprise gone, McCarthy has been coy about how often the Packers might stick with Matthews inside.

BROTHERLY LOVE: Matthews could have received advice about the move from his younger brother, Casey, who is a starting inside linebacker for the Eagles.

"Going from outside backer, always going after the quarterback and playing stacked and taking on linemen and having to tackle running backs, it was a little different," Casey Matthews said. "He had a pretty good game. I told him he's the highest-paid inside backer in the league."

The brothers are downplaying Sunday's game.

"We try not to treat the situation any bigger than it is," Casey Matthews said.

ON THE RUN: Two of the best running backs in the league in 2013 aren't quite making the same impact this season.

Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy, is coming off a 12-carry, 19-yard outing against Carolina. The Packers, ranked 30th against the run, hope they've figured out their issues on the ground. Lacy is averaging just 53 yards per game on the ground, though he has emerged as a receiver the last two games. Lacy turned a screen pass into a 56-yard score last week.

TEMPO TEST: Both teams like to push the pace on offense. That would seemingly help both defenses, too, which must drill against the up-tempo attacks in practice.

"That helps a lot, because if you can get the feel, or even somewhat of a feel in practice, to a high-offense team, you can transfer that over to the field," Packers defensive tackle Josh Boyd said.


Turnover Margin (+10)2 3
Points Scored (30.8)2 5
Points Allowed (22.8)8 17
Total Offense (357.8)7 12
Rushing (101.3)9 18
Passing (256.4)6 10
Total Defense (371.7)11 23
vs. Rush (142.6)15 30
vs. Pass (229.1)6 9t
Third-Down Offense (42.7%)5 10
Third-Down Defense (44.8%)12 25
Red-Zone Offense (62.2%)5t 9t
Red-Zone Defense (48.4%)2 6
Category NFC NFL
Passing: Rodgers (120.1)1 1
Rushing: Lacy (478)10 17
Receptions: Nelson (56)4t 7t
Rec. Yds.: Nelson (889)2 5
Interceptions: Hayward (3)2t 6t
Sacks: Peppers (5.0)9t 19t

Turnover Margin (-5)12t 24t
Points Scored (31.0)1 4
Points Allowed (22.0)5 12t
Total Offense (404.3)2 5
Rushing (114.8)6 13
Passing (289.6)2 5
Total Defense (366.9)10 21
vs. Rush (115.2)11 19
vs. Pass (251.7)9 22
Third-Down Offense (42.5%)6 11
Third-Down Defense (38.4%)4 12
Red-Zone Offense (50.0%)14 25t
Red-Zone Defense (58.1%)8 18
Passing: Foles (81.4)14 25
Rushing: McCoy (641)3 6
Receptions: Maclin (48)10t 18t
Rec. Yds.: Maclin (828)4 8
Interceptions: Jenkins (3)2t 6t
Sacks: Barwin (10.5)1 2t

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