The Philadelphia Eagles will play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in a vitally important game for both teams as the NFL season starts to distinguish who will be competing for the postseason and who will fall along the wayside. Today's big game will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Packers come into this game on 5-3 and are locked in a three-way tie with the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears at the top of the NFC North. With the Lions and Bears facing each other today, one of those team will fall back, which means the Packers need to win today to keep pace with one of those teams at the top of the division.
The NFC North is the most closely contested in the NFL right now, and the coming few weeks will be vital in deciding which of the teams can string together a good run and establish themselves as the main frontrunner in the division.
Meanwhile, it's quickly becoming do-or-die time for the Philadelphia Eagles, who come into this game on 4-5. They are second in the struggling NFC East, behind only the 5-4 Dallas Cowboys. If the Eagles can put together a good run of form there's every chance they could turn things around and establish themselves as the top team in the division.
However, if their inconsistent form continues they run the risk of one of their other rivals taking the initiative and building an insurmountable lead at the top. So the coming few weeks will be vital in distinguishing how the Eagles' season will go, and whether they will be competing for the division and the playoffs.
The Eagles come up against one of the strongest offenses in the league today. The Packers are ranked 3rd in total points scored per game (29 points), and ranked 2nd in total yards gained per game (423 yards). The difficulty in playing against this Packers offense is that they are solid in both pass and rush; they rank 6th in the league on pass (274.4 yards per game), and 3rd on rush (148.6 yards per game).
The Eagles must find a way to close down quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and stop him being able to distribute the ball freely. Rodgers is 168 of 251 for 2,218 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Green Bay Packers will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network or online through free live stream by clicking here.