In the afternoon window on CBS, most of the country will see the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers meet at Lambeau Field. A team with a record of 3-7 shouldn’t be in the spotlight, but here we are on Sunday in Week 13. That 3-7 team, the Eagles, is also still in contention to get into the playoffs. As good of a job as Doug Pederson is doing in begging to get fired, his team can still go to the playoffs.
The pathetic NFC East currently has Washington and the New York Giants tied at the top with a record of 4-7. Someone has to win this division, and it could be any of these four teams. Even the Dallas Cowboys, who are 3-8 and last in the division, still have a legitimate shot of going to the playoff. As ugly as that sounds, it’s possible we see the Cowboys in the playoffs.
I don’t think too many people want to see the Eagles, but the game does carry postseason implications, so there is that. You have to remind yourself that the Eagles could be a playoff team, though. I’m sure the same even happens with their own players. The Eagles have been ridiculed from the top to the bottom, so it has to be hard to have the mindset that they’re in the thick of the divisional race.
For the Packers, it would be a choke job if they somehow give the NFC North away. The Packers are comfortably atop the division with a record of 8-3. The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings trail with records of 5-6. In other words, the Packers are closing in on the divisional crown. I heard a lot of people say the Vikings were going to be the breakout team of the division, but Aaron Rodgers wasn’t letting that happen. The Packers are on the heels of an impressive 45-21 win over the Bears. Head below for our free Eagles vs. Packers props for December 6, 2020.
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Davante Adams Receptions
Aaron Rodgers had to do without Davante Adams and most of his offense earlier in the season. He made it work, though, and made a name out of Allen Lazard and Marquez in the meantime. Adams made up for lost time immediately, and has been playing like one of the best wide receivers in the NFL since his return. Adams has recorded 908 yards and 11 touchdowns through nine games.
He’d obviously be well over 1,000 yards by now if he had played a full season. Rodgers has looked his way often since he came back on the field. Adams has been targeted 99 times for an average of 11 times per game. He’s collected a total of 74 receptions on those 99 targets. That’s good for 8.2 receptions per game.
Before Adams was held to 6 receptions against the Chicago Bears last week, Adams had five straight weeks of at least 7 receptions. The Packers didn’t have to pass it a whole lot last week against the Bears. Mitch Trubiky was so bad that Rodgers was able to hand the ball off in the fourth quarter. Despite how bad the Eagles have been, expect this to be a closer contest. Adams should record at least 7 or 8 receptions on Sunday.
Aaron Jones Rushing Yards
Aaron Rodgers was without Aaron Jones in the backfield for a few weeks this season as well. For everything he’s had to fight through, I wouldn’t be shy about giving Rodgers the MVP award. Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson are squarely in the hunt as well, but I wouldn’t oppose it going to Rodgers either. Wilson was the early leader, while Mahomes and Rodgers have since passed him in the race. Jones does provide the Packers’ offense with a different dimension, though. He’s one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL.
Jones has gained 624 yards and 6 touchdowns on 4.8 yards per carry. He has also caught 33 receptions for 261 yards. Jones is a multi-faceted running back that is capable of carrying the load if Rodgers has an off game, though there hasn’t been a lot of those in 2020. Jones is coming off a very nice day against a quality Bears’ defense. He chewed them up for 90 yards on 17 attempts for 5.3 yards per carry. The Eagles haven’t been successful at stopping the run this season. They’ve conceded 128.2 yards per game on the ground. I am going to side with Jones capping off the afternoon with at least 58 rushing yards on the Eagles in Week 13.