Why do we know the name of Dr. John Gray? Because the Packers’ team physician was the MVP tonight. Injuries to five Packers put a damper on an otherwise uneventful game by the Pack.
Most serious were the injuries to backup offensive lineman Don Barclay and a scary knockout of Malachi Dupre on a mostly-legal hit by Tre Sullivan.
Sullivan would later blast Max McCaffrey on an incomplete pass after the play was over, with no forthcoming penalty.
Raysean Pringle also will be evaluated for a concussion.
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The well-oiled machine that “ran the table” in last year’s playoff push ground to a halt tonight in the first half.
Rodgers and Nelson, the architects of so many crucial wins last season, were both in civvies as Brett Hundley took the keys to the finely-tuned sports car that the Packers offense should be.
Turnovers plagued both teams in the first half, a total of five by halftime. Philly added two more in the second half, with one potential INT dropped in the final minute.
The Packers led 17-6 at the half by the virtue of 10 points off turnovers, only recording four first downs.
The Eagles struck first after a Ty Montgomery fumble to go up 6-0, but Trevor Davis would later provide the bright spot of the first half with an electrifying 69-yard punt return.
Jeff Janis recovered from a drop with a TD catch in the second quarter, and Crosby rehydrated after his dry spell with a 43 yard FG.
Lowlights were plentiful: S Kentrell Brice left with a finger injury, and backup C Don Barclay left on a cart with an ankle injury before the half.
Hundley threw an interception, the receivers had some unfortunate drops, and the cornerbacks, including rookie Kevin King, gave up some big plays.
Rookie S Josh Jones looked great: a big hitter who can go sideline-to-sideline.
Jayrone Elliott and veteran free agent Ricky Jean-Francois brought serious pressure against the Eagles’ second team offense.
Cornerback Josh Hawkins showed some flashes with good tackling form and solid coverage but was picked on relentlessly in the second half.
Lenzy Pringle was a bright spot among the cornerbacks, with a few good tackles, along with a pick by Marwin Evans.
Quarterback Joe Callahan, last year’s preseason breakout star, showed a good deep ball and some excellent touch.
Callahan did lose control of the ball but was bailed out by his own team, keeping the turnover margin on the correct side.
The new-look Philly offense sputtered without Wentz, Jeffery, and Blount.
McGloin played most of the game, mostly ineffectively. Wentz’s 1-yard run provided six of Philly’s nine points.
Taysom Hill took advantage of the weak Eagle secondary with a touchdown pass to rookie standout Michael Clark.
The defense showed more mettle than doomsayers predicted, allowing only nine points while creating turnovers all over the field.
Constant pressure on the Eagles led to fizzled-out drives throughout the second half.
Punter Justin Vogel had a great game, four of six punts inside the 20, keeping Philly contained.
The return game looks to be in good hands with Trevor Davis and his blazing speed.
The Packers will take a break from practice this weekend, returning Monday to prepare for the Redskins.
The NFC East is always a slugfest, and a physical Redskins team will be looking to prepare for a grueling season.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the injured Packers, we hope to see them in action soon.
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