The Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) survived injuries to star quarterback Michael Vick and a two-game losing streak to end the season to win the NFC East and earn a home game in the Wild Card round of the NFC conference playoffs versus the Green Bay Packers (10-6). Both teams are evenly matched with the Eagles a -2 ½ point favorite so the little things could go a long way in deciding this marquee playoff game:
Is there any more exciting player than WR DeSean Jackson? Maybe the guy throwing him the ball, but good things happen when the flashy wide receiver finds the end zone. Jackson has scored on reverses, punt returns, short throws, and long bombs. His 22.5 yards per catch led the NFL. He’ll be matched-up against Packers’ CB Charles Woodson so it will be imperative to find creative ways to get him the ball.
The Eagles have played in a ton of high-scoring games with the defense allowing 23.5 points per game so the defense must contain the Packers’ high-flying offense led by QB Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has winged the ball all over the field. With the running game struggling, Rodgers has thrown 475 passes with 28 TD passes. Philadelphia will need to pressure the quarterback, limit his connections with WR Grant Jennings, and give their offense a chance to light-up the scorecard.
Keep Vick in the Game
If Vick is healthy (and he seems to be), the Eagles have the most dangerous playmaker in the league. Green Bay’s 3-4 defense will be focused on stopping Vick but the man can make plays with his arm and legs. Vick is the X-factor and the reason the Eagles are favored.
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