Both the Green Bay Packers (4-6) and the Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) are in dire straits as they face each other on Monday Night Football in Week 12 of the 2016 NFL season. After starting the season 3-0, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have lost their last four, dropping to third place in the NFC North. The Eagles also started the season out 3-0, but have only won twice since then. With a victory over the Packers, the Eagles would still be a half game behind the third-place Washington Redskins (6-4-1). If either Green Bay or Philadelphia hope to make a serious run for the NFL Playoffs, they need to begin on Monday night.
Week 12 Injury Updates
Obviously, contributing to Green Bay’s struggle since their 3-0 start is the absence of running back Eddie Lacy, who is out for the rest of the season (and has been since helping the Packers in their first three games) with an ankle injury. According to Sunday afternoon’s injury report from CBS Sports, Lacy will be joined by at least five other players on Monday night, with at least three more guys possibly joining that list. From the Packers’ offensive line, guard TJ Lang is out with a foot injury, while center JC Tretter is out with a knee injury. Missing from Green Bay’s defense will be linebackers Kyler Fackrell (hamstring injury) and Blake Martinez (knee injury), as well as cornerback Demetri Goodson (knee injury). Listed as questionable for Monday night after a limited practice on Saturday includes tackle Don Barclay (shoulder injury), cornerback Damarius Randall (groin injury), and linebacker Jake Ryan (ankle injury).
The Philadelphia Eagles have a considerably shorter list. Running back Ryan Mathews and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai are both out with knee injuries, while defensive lineman Connor Wujciak is out with a shoulder injury.
Predictions: Top Performers For Fantasy Football — Packers at Eagles
According to standard fantasy football scoring provided by the NFL, Philadelphia running back Darren Sproles (17.80 points) is projected to be the most productive player for this week’s Monday Night Football, although he will be playing with a sore rib. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (17.26 points) isn’t far behind, with QB Aaron Rodgers (14.62 points) expected to be the biggest producer for the Packers. Wendell Smallwood (11.00 points) is projected to put up decent numbers for Philadelphia, and even Kenjon Barner (7.90 points) scores higher than any running back from Green Bay: James Starks (5.40 points) and Christine Michael (2.40 points).
The Packers have an advantage over the Eagles at wide receiver, with Jordy Nelson (13.20 points) and Randall Cobb (12.20 points) of Green Bay both projected to match or outperform Jordan Matthews (12.20 points), Philadelphia’s top receiver. At tight end, the Eagles’ Zach Ertz (11.00 points) was given the third highest overall projection for Week 12 at his position, while no one from the Packers cracked the top 25 spots. Neither team’s defense or kicker are projected to do especially well this week.
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Remaining Green Bay Packers Schedule — 2016
After their prime-time match-up against the Eagles in Week 12, the Green Bay Packers will have five games left to try to sneak into the NFL postseason. They return home for Weeks 13 and 14 to host two current division leaders in the Houston Texans (6-4) and the Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1). For Week 15, they travel to face their division rivals, the lowly Chicago Bears (2-8). They finish off the rest of the NFC North by hosting the Minnesota Vikings (6-5) in Week 16 and ending the regular season on the road against current division leaders, the Detroit Lions (7-4). If the Packers make it to the playoffs, they will definitely have earned it.
Remaining Philadelphia Eagles Schedule — 2016
If the Eagles can get past the Packers, the rest of their path to a potential Wild Card spot won’t be an easy one. They go back on the road for Week 13 to face the Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1) before returning home to host division rivals, the Washington Redskins (6-4-1). Their last away game will be Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens (5-5), as they host division rivals the New York Giants (7-3) in Week 16 and then the Dallas Cowboys (10-1) in Week 17, who are currently the best team in the NFC East and the entire NFL.
Where to Watch Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers
The 2016 Week 12 edition of Monday Night Football featuring the Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles will be played at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. The game will be televised on ESPN with coverage beginning at 8:30 PM EST. The game can be heard live on Sirius XM Radio and can be viewed online with a subscription to NFL Game Pass.
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