Green Bay Packer fans will be treated to the Packer’s home opener on Saturday when they face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in week three of the NFL preseason. Typically starters tend to play into the latter half of the second quarter, however, several Packer’s starters may see minimal to no time at all.
WHO: Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) @ Green Bay Packers (1-1)
WHAT: Week 3 of the NFL preseason
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29 @7:00 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
The Packers are coming off of a dreadful week two performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers where the final score undermined the circumstances that occurred throughout the game, including Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury.
Nelson’s injury had such a negative impact on the atmosphere of the team, several star players including Aaron Rodgers may not see any time in tomorrow’s game, and with backup quarterback Scott Tolzien’s concussion sidelining him for this matchup, the Packers will likely come out of the gate with Rodgers, Brett Hundley or Matt Blanchard.
Aside from the quarterback position, this could be the final audition for several players on the Packer’s roster. The Packers must submit a 75-man roster by Sept. 1, the current roster currently has approximately 88 players.
One position to watch in terms of depth is the offensive tackle positions. Last week we saw Don Barclay take over at left tackle for David Bakhatiari’s and the offensive lineman’s performance was less than stellar to say the least. Alongside Barclay, the rest of the offensive line depth is relatively bleak.
Meanwhile, the Eagles will likely see a variation of quarterbacks to take the field. It is unclear whether head coach Chip Kelly will start quarterback Sam Bradford, due to his status after last week’s close calls. Bradford took hard hits on several occasions, one in particular from Baltimore Raven’s linebacker Terrell Suggs was criticized throughout the NFL. However, seeing as though starters typically see more playing time, Kelly may go with his starting quarterback through the first quarter. Behind Bradford stands Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow, respectively in that order. The Packers will likely be faced by each of these quarterbacks, with Sanchez taking a majority of the reps.
Lastly, the Eagles boast one of the most efficient offenses throughout their preseason schedule. Through two games, the Eagles are averaging 38 points per game, while only allowing an average of 13.5. Needless to say, the Packer’s defense may have their hands full.
If you are looking to catch this game, watch for these headlines, including the high-scoring offense of the Eagles, and the progression of the Packer’s backups. Again, don’t expect to see Rodgers playing deep into the second quarter as the third preseason game typically exhibits.
The Packer’s home opener can be found on WGBA-TV (Green Bay) at 7:00 p.m. CDT.
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