While the Green Bay Packers wouldn’t be mathematically eliminated by losing at Philadelphia tonight, but their post season chances would take a major hit.
The Packers (4-6) will try to end a four-game losing streak against the Eagles (5-5) at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Packers expect to get a pair of defensive starters back tonight. Both cornerback Damarious Randall and linebacker Jake Ryan are expected to play.
Just how effective Randall (groin) can be remains to be seen. But he is the only cornerback on the roster that has an interception this season. The Packers as a team is -6 in turnover differential, which ranks 26th in the NFL this season.
Offensive lineman Don Barclay (shoulder) is also listed as questionable and could play tonight.
Last week, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he felt the Packers can run the table, winning all six of their remaining games. Rodgers most likely made that statement because he feels the Packers offense is close to returning to form. Rodgers himself is returning to his old form and feels the Packers can make a splash if the offense can do more than its share.
They’ll need to start fast, something they haven’t done during their four-game losing streak. In last week’s loss at Washington, the Packers went three and out on their first three possessions. Nine plays that gained a total of six yards.
The Packers will also face a team that is as desperate as they are. The Eagles are at the bottom of the NFC East and can’t afford to fall any further behind. But, Philadelphia is a perfect 4-0 at home this season. They’ll be looking to extend that mark to 5-0 tonight.
Both teams are desperate for a win. The victor will stay in the race. The loser will most likely be playing out the string.