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Packers defense can’t handle Eagles running game in defeat

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PHILADELPHIA — For 12 games, the Green Bay Packers have shown they’re going nowhere this season. So Sunday night’s 40-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t reveal much about this team.

What happens next might.

The Packers lost because their defense couldn’t stop a thing. From the start, they were overmatched against Jalen Hurts and a talented Eagles offense. The Packers offense had one of its best games this season, reaching 33 points for the first time in 2022.

That production didn’t stop after Aaron Rodgers left the game with an oblique injury in the third quarter. Jordan Love came in and engineered a quick touchdown drive to temporarily pull the Packers back into the game.

They ultimately lost because defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s unit is a disaster. Given the nature of Rodgers’ injury, added to his already broken thumb on his throwing hand, the Packers reached a pivotal moment in their lost season Sunday night. And it’s not just because of their 4-8 record.

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Miles Sanders runs the ball against the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers exits

Rodgers jogged into the locker room after a field goal late in the third quarter. He was initially listed as questionable to return because of an oblique injury. Rodgers made good pace on his way off the field, but he didn’t return.

An oblique injury is tricky to heal, especially for someone who throws a football for a living. The oblique is located on the side near the rib cage, and it can be very painful for a quarterback who must torque his body to throw. The injury came on the same day the NFL Network reported Rodgers likely will need surgery to repair an avulsion fracture on his throwing thumb, something the quarterback refuted during the week.

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