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In the dress rehearsal for the regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday. This will be the last chance to see the starters in action before the regular season.
Sam Bradford will start at quarterback for the Eagles once again. He led the Eagles to a touchdown on the only drive he played last week against the Ravens, it’s reasonable to assume he will play a few series to truly try to shake the rust off before the season begins. I am looking for him to take some steps forward with his fluidity and be a bit better and sharper throwing the ball.
It seems Aaron Rodgers will not be suiting up for the Packers. This is a bit unfortunate for Eagles fans, seeing the new and improved secondary facing off with the league’s best quarterback would have been excellent to watch. I am expecting the Eagles dominant defensive play from the first and second unit to continue as the Packers appear to be resting a large portion of their starters.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to watch in this game will be the Eagles’ Inside Linebackers. It appears Kiko Alonso will play his first game in a Philadelphia uniform alongside Mychal Kendricks, proud owner of a brand new contract extension announced this week. There is a very real chance the Eagles ILB tandem will be one of the best in the league, this will be our first taste of what could be a truly special pairing for years to come.
Josh Huff will not play (bereavement.)
With reports that the Packers will rest a large number of starters the focus of this game will be on the on the first team offense. Even if they are playing a watered down defensive front, it is integral for them to progress with their understanding of each other and their execution of the select few plays Chip unleashes. Bradford missed a few open throws last week and I expect as the offense becomes more comfortable with one another their timing and execution will improve.