Despite a sluggish offense, the Packers are thriving in the early going, riding a resurgent defense to a 3-0 record and a spot atop the NFC North, one of the league’s most competitive divisions. The Eagles, meanwhile, are a surprisingly anemic 1-2 and sitting back with the pack in the NFC East, which is currently being ruled by the rolling Dallas Cowboys.
The balance of the NFC isn’t exactly at stake here, but this is an interesting game for the future. If the Eagles lose this, they’re 1-3 and fading behind the Cowboys fast, and their division (minus Washington) might actually put up a fight with Daniel Jones at quarterback for the Giants. If the Packers win, they’re up to 4-0 and in a great position to weather some inevitable regression as time goes on. If the Eagles win, though, they’re at .500 and clawing their way back, with all the talent in the world with which to bring to bear to the future. The Packers, meanwhile, would pull back a little more toward the pack.
It’s just one game, in other words, but the result will have some short-and-long-term ramifications for a couple of divisions. Watch and chat about it right here, if you’re up for it.