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Containing The Enemy: Davante Adams

The Eagles are coming off of three straight losses since their bye week. In each of those three games, the Eagles scored just 17 points. The offense still isn’t looking good, but their defense has been impressive (given the circumstances) and has been the soul reason they are even in these games each week. The problem with this formula is that the defense will have to deal with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this week. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, and he will be able to put up points on the Eagles defense. The only way to possibly beat the Packers this week would be to take away Rodgers' top weapon -- Davante Adams.

Adams is obviously the Packers' top target, and it’s not even close. Adams is first on the Packers in practically every receiving stat. Even though he has only played in nine games so far this season, he has almost double the stats of receivers that have played all 11 games for Green Bay. Adams has 74 receptions; the next highest is Robert Tonyan with 37. He has 99 targets, almost double that of the number two receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (51). Adams is 10th in the NFL with 908 receiving yards while Valdes-Scantling is second on the team with 518 yards. On top of all of those numbers, Adams has 11 receptions of 20+ yards, 100.9 yards per game, and 11 touchdown receptions.


Against the Seahawks, the Eagles could not defend DK Metcalf. That is not a good sign for things to come this week when comparing the two receivers. Metcalf has more receiving yards than Adams, but Adams has more receptions, targets, and touchdowns in 2020. Jim Schwartz thought he could leave Darius Slay alone on Metcalf last week, which failed miserably. This week he will need to double-team Adams with Slay and some safety help. It'll leave Avonte Maddox one-one-one versus Marquez Valdes-Scantling, but that is something the team will have to live with and hope that Maddox can contain MVS just enough for the Birds to be able to win this game.

The Eagles are coming off of three straight losses since their bye week. In each of those three games, the Eagles scored just 17 points. The offense still isn’t looking good, but their defense has been impressive (given the circumstances) and has been the sole reason they are even in these games each week. The problem with this formula is that the defense will have to deal with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this week. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, and he will be able to put up points on the Eagles defense. The only way to possibly beat the Packers this week would be to take away Rodgers' top weapon -- Davante Adams.


The Birds can not afford another big receiving performance against them if they want to stay in the mix for the NFC East. They need to focus on one game at a time, and they need to put all the focus they can on #17 in green on Sunday.



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