10 Things To Know About The Eagles-Packers Matchup
By Frank Irving
The NFC showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers in Week 10 will feature a clash of historical trends, two substitute quarterbacks in starting roles and an arsenal of scoring threats on both teams.
Here are 10 facts to ponder before kickoff of what should be a highly entertaining game.
1. Including this weekend's game at Lambeau Field, the Eagles will have played six of their first 10 games this season on the road. All four of Philadelphia's wins have come with the team in the visitor's role, and their only road loss was Sept. 29 at Denver.
2. The Packers loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 9 was the team's first home defeat of the season. Prior to that, Green Bay last dropped a home game in Week 1 of the 2012 season.
3. The Packers have not lost two games in a row since Week 14 and 15 of the 2010 season.
4. Seneca Wallace, who will replace the injured Aaron Rodgers at quarterback for Green Bay, has started a total of nine NFL games since the beginning of the 2009 season: two for the Seattle Seahawks and seven for the Cleveland Browns. Wallace's record in those games is 1-8.
5. Eagles QB Nick Foles has started nine games in his NFL career with a record of 3-6. Two of those wins have come in the past four weeks; in both instances, Foles was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
6. Foles' passer rating of 127.4 for the 2013 season is tops in the NFL. Wallace has a career passer rating of 80.6.
7. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing yards with 777. Packers rookie RB Eddie Lacy ranks 8th in rushing yards with 596. McCoy averages 86.3 yards per game, while Lacy averages 85.1 yards per game.
8. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards with 823, while Packers WR Jordy Nelson ranks sixth with 716. Nelson has scored seven touchdowns to Jackson's six.
9. Packers WR James Jones has the second longest reception (an 83-yarder) in the NFL this season. Jones averages 17.4 yards per catch, ninth best in the league. Eagles WR Riley Cooper averages 18.1 yards per catch, third best in the league.
10. Micah Hyde of the Packers has the longest punt return (a 93-yarder) in the NFL this season. Hyde averages 16.5 yards per punt return, 2nd best in the league.