Green Bay Packers' Defense Must Step Up to Stop Chip Kellys' Offense

By Thomas Yale
Packers defense
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With the loss of Aaron Rodgers this week the Green Bay Packers come into a match up this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, who just last week scored 49 points against a lowly Oakland Raiders team, come into Lambeau Field to take advantage of a Green Bay team looking for answers after losing their star quarterback.

The Eagles seem to have found their new signal caller in Nick Foles, who tossed a record tying seven touchdowns on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles offense has thrived when Foles is under center compared to when the injury prone Michael Vick is in the offense. Vick seemed to be the perfect fit for the run and gun Chip Kelly style of offense that translated into the NFL very well this Sunday against the Raiders. Foles, is turning out to be the better option of the two, and with Foles under the helm, Kelly was able to enjoy the success of the Eagles win the way he use to at the University of Oregon.

The Eagles passing game is now ranked 10th in the league at 265.3 yards per game, coming into a game where the Packers are vulnerable against the pass ranking 20th in the league giving up 250.5 yards per game.

This Packers team has been able to step up when needed and on this Sunday in early November, the defense will be needed more than ever. The Packers did receive some good news this week that Clay Matthews returned to practice, which is a step forward for the linebacker who has missed the past three games with a broken thumb. If Green Bay wants to stay atop of the NFC North, their defense is going to have to step up and play very well against a potent offensive team coming into town.

The Packers are going to have to get after Foles early and often and get pressure on the quarterback to force him to make quicker decisions and make crucial turnovers that could swing the game in Green Bay’s favor.  If there has been any game the Packers defense has to stand up and protect their house, this week would be that game. The defense has been improving with many young stars immerging from an injury ravaged defense, but this week against the Eagles, it’s time to help Green Bay keep their season alive while their MVP heals.

Thomas Yale is a Blogger/Sports Writer  for . Follow him on Twitter @tyale12, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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