Jclombardi reviews Eagles game day previews.
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Week 1 Preview–Packers at Eagles: Keys to the Game: So why won’t McCarthy go vertical, even against the Eagles’ traditionally exotic, blitz-happy defense that will challenge Green Bay’s revitalized offensive line, which didn’t allow a sack of Rodgers in exhibition play? Consider that in the three games Rodgers and the No. 1 unit were on the field for a total of 13 series, the Packers carried out 56 pass plays to only 25 run plays (including those nullified by penalties) for a heavily lopsided pass-run ratio of 69-31. Still, McCarthy needs to bring up the confidence of halfbacks Grant and Jackson. Inside the Eagles: QB Kolb’s debut and shaky offensive line.
Packers at Eagles–5 things to watch: Charles in Charge–CB Woodson. Youth served–S Burnett and CB Shields. Main attraction–Two good tight ends. Cat scratch fever–backup QB Vick and wildcat formation. Get a grip–running backs must grip the ball.
Preview–Packers at Eagles: Second year Eagles defensive coordinator and rookie S Allen. “The thing about them is notoriously they’re a pressure team. That puts a lot of emphasis on the free safety. I know it’s a lot of zone blitz, but in many cases he’s going to be the last line of defense, so to speak. First regular-season game, the lights are on. I’d be worried about him if I was them.” Hard to figure–inconsistent Eagles offensive line. Hit and miss S Asante Samuel. Watch out–WR DeSean Jackson is expected to return punts. Strong duo–K Akers and P Rocca comprise one of the oldest best pair of specialists in the NFL.
Packers vs Eagles Preview–5 Things to Watch: THE BASICS–The teams: The Green Bay Packers (0-0) vs. the Philadelphia Eagles (0-0). The time: Sunday, 3:15 p.m. Wisconsin time. The place: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. The TV coverage: FOX. Direct TV 713. Prediction: A nine-game losing streak means little to Sunday’s outcome. With an explosive offense and a defense unveiling some looks that weren’t seen in preseason, the visitors have enough to get it done. Packers 30, Eagles 21.