The Green Bay Packers (10-6) will try to reverse a season-long trend as they visit the Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) in their NFC Wild Card game match-up on Sunday. The Packers are 3-5 away from the friendly confines of Lambeau Field and will need to find a way to win in Philadelphia, where the Eagles are -2 ½ point favorites, if they are to advance in the 2010 playoffs. Here is a breakdown of how they can pull off an upset victory:
Win the Turnover Battle
Yes, that is about as clichéd as they come, but the Packers have made a living taking away the ball, and not giving it up themselves. Green Bay has forced 28 turnovers, including 24 interceptions, with four defensive touchdowns. Facing a dangerous offense led by Michael Vick, turnovers could be the key to the game, getting them, and preventing them.
Vick is about as deadly as they come, whether it be standing in the pocket or scrambling down field. Vick was hobbled the past few weeks but he’ll be ready come Sunday. Look for the Packers to use outside linebacker Clay Matthews, Jr. to contain Vick in the pocket. Vick, though, has been dangerous as a passer so Packers defenders will need to stay on their men downfield. Defending the fleet Philly receivers will be a key.
WR Grant Jennings has been quarterback Aaron Rodgers favorite target all season with 12 touchdown catches and his match-up against CB Asante Samuel, who has seven INTs, will be huge to watch.
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