The Eagles are running out of time.
An injury-plagued Philadelphia Eagles team has started the season at a disappointing 1-2, despite their Super Bowl aspirations. On Thursday, they will head into Lambeau Field to face an undefeated Packers team that has been gutting out win after win to start the season.
Offense has been a stumbling block for this Eagles team. After a strong passing game in Week 1, the loss of DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey has really hurt Philadelphia. The running game simply hasn’t materialized, as neither Jordan Howard nor Miles Sanders has emerged as a star.
Their offensive troubles have been compounded by a weak pass rush, allowing opposing quarterbacks to outshine Carson Wentz.
Eagles defensive ends so far this season— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) September 22, 2019
Week 1: 0 sacks, 4 QB hits
Week 2: 0 sacks, 4 QB hits
Week 3: 0 sacks, 2 QB hits
Key injuries on the interior of the defense have made the struggles of the ends look that much worse. While Matthew Stafford had an OK day against them last week, Matt Ryan torched Philly in Week 2.
While the Eagles have had some tough breaks, the Packers have gotten pretty lucky. They have gone 3-0 against a soft set of early-season opponents, and while it hasn’t always been pretty, the team hasn’t lost.
Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been his immortal self through three weeks, but the emergence of Marquez Valdes-Scantling against Denver gave Green Bay the extra push they needed to get past the struggling Broncos.
Green Bay’s defense has shined in the first weeks of the season. The Packers’ D converted three turnovers into 14 points against Denver. Za’Darius and Preston Smith combined for five of the team’s six sacks on the day as they held Joe Flacco to 213 yards and zero TDs.
Not everything is going perfectly in Green Bay. Rodgers has to play better and the weak running game needs to improve on last week’s 3.3 yards per carry. The defense’s run stopping hasn’t been as strong as its pass coverage.
While some of these problems are still being ironed out, both Davante Adams and MVS should be able to take advantage of a weak Eagles secondary, and help Rodgers get back on track.
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers
- When: Thursday, Sept. 26, at 8:20pm ET
- Where: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Network (free trials with various streaming services)
How to watch Eagles vs. Packers online
The majority of Thursday night games are simulcast on Fox and NFL Network. This week, you will be able to watch TNF on these two networks and with any streaming platforms that carry them.
What is NFL Network?
NFL Network is where you go if you want to be immersed in pro football. There’s plenty to love about NFL Network, including the ability to watch exclusive shows like Good Morning Football, NFL Total Access, A Football Life, Inside the NFL, and most importantly, Sunday’s NFL GameDay once the regular season begins. There’s also daily programming devoted to fantasy football and power rankings—the kind of stuff football lovers need in their lives. NFL Network shows most Thursday night games during the regular season, and it’ll exclusively show some of the international games in 2019. Take note, though: NFL Network can no longer be seen via DirecTV Now.
The bottom line: If you want to get closer to the action and catch (almost) every Thursday Night Football game, you need NFL Network.
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.” While select Football games are no longer on Sling, you can still catch them with AirTV.
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is probably your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan boasts nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which will allow you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live TV directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is certainly your best bet. PlayStation works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
- Cost: $8.99 a month, or $12.99 a month/$119.99 per year (includes Amazon Prime service)
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
Amazon Prime Video allows you to stream Thursday Night Football every Thursday this season (starting Sept. 26 through Dec. 12), save for Thanksgiving. It’s also possible (not obvious, but that’s what we’re here for) to watch NFL RedZone through the service.
Other ways to watch Eagles vs. Packers online
The NFL app
Cost: Depends on provider
Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Android RV, iOS and Android devices
If you subscribe to NFL Network through your cable provider—or you know someone who does and they owe you a sizable favor—you can also watch via the official NFL app. All you have to do is download it from your streaming device of choice—Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, or Android TV—and then enter in your cable credentials when prompted. You can also stream on any iOS or Android device, or on your desktop. Just visit nfl.com/watch.
Fantasy Football: Who should I start?
Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver: Coach Doug Pederson says he is “optimistic” that Alshon Jeffrey will return in Week 4, so keep an eye on the receiving situation ahead of Thursday night. But Agholor has been a reliable fantasy option, even if he has made some in-game mistakes. (Plus, he handled some Twitter pettiness earlier in the week with class.)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Wide Receiver: Analysts have predicted a coming-out party for MVS, and it finally happened in Week 3. Look for the young receiver to play an increased role going forward.
Eagles vs. Packers: Why it matters
The Eagles’ season is slipping away. If this team falls to 1-3, catching the Cowboys in the NFC East starts to feel impossible. A wild card berth is going to be hard to come by in a competitive conference, and even if some of the team’s injured stars come back, it might be too little too late.
Philadelphia is going to come into this game feeling desperate, and they might just get some of their offensive weapons back just in the nick of time.
The Packers are one of the least complete undefeated teams remaining. For Green Bay, notching some wins against weaker teams will help them stack up against the Vikings and the Lions in what is shaping up to be one of the league’s most competitive divisions.
Though both teams could certainly use the win here, and both teams aren’t playing their best football, the edge should go to the Packers. Even as Aaron Rodgers has adjusted to a new offensive scheme, the defense has held strong. If the defense continues to play lights out football and Rodgers gets back to his old self, what looks like it could be a close game could turn lopsided really fast.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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