By HCR Staff | Sept. 27, 2019
Every short week road win is impressive, but especially so at Lambeau Field. In the Philadelphia Eagles win against the Green Bay Packers, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was simply out-coached by Doug Pederson. Blowing an early 10-point lead at home is certainly not distinguishing for a head coach.
The key moment in this game came midway through the second quarter when Pederson adjusted his game plan to rely on the run game more. Alternatively, Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine failed to adjust in time. With the long weekend, he is going to be thinking about how he will emphasize his run defense during practice all next week.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz wasn’t much better himself either. He was burned badly on three blitz calls that seemed unnecessary at the time, but at least he switched it up a bit.
There were two calls made by both head coaches that we did not like.
First, Doug Pederson called for a 2-point try. There were over nine minutes left in the third quarter and the Eagles just took a 27-20 lead, after overcoming a 10-point deficit. He’s on a short week road game and at that point in the game, we believe collecting points is more valuable than trying to extend the lead by possessions.
Second, LaFleur passed up an easy field goal try and went for a redzone fourth down conversion. Over half of the fourth quarter remained, and Aaron Rodgers is your quarterback. LaFleur acted as if the Packers were not going to threaten the redzone again, which of course, they did. Notwithstanding a 3-0 start, LaFleur is not quite there with his judgment. It will be a work in progress.
On another note, our HCR betting algorithm recommended the Eagles on the Money Line and Against The Spread. 1-0, we are off to a good start!