Packers vs. Eagles, by the numbers

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:47 PM ET

4:30 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

Weather Forecast: Minus-2 degrees C, windy.

The Line: Eagles by 2.5

The Packers win if

1. The Eagles pass rush, either a regular four-man rush or a on the blitz, can’t get to Aaron Rodgers. If Rodgers gets enough time, he will torch the Eagles secondary.

2. Linebacker Clay Matthews is the defensive player the Eagles have been sweating the entire week. He is a one-man wrecking crew when he goes after the quarterback. On the season, Matthews had 13.5 sacks, including three against the Eagles in the first game of the season. If Matthews runs wild, Vick is a sitting duck.

3. Vick came into the week nursing a hip injury and said Friday that he’s 100%. We’ll see how mobile he is on Sunday. If Vick gets hit and his mobility gets restricted, it’s curtains for the Eagles given how porous their offensive line can be.

The Eagles win if

1. Vick shows that he is completely healthy and mobile. He needs to temper his desire to take off down field and protect himself and rely on the passing accuracy he showed in his opening six games.

2. Special team always play a big role in playoff games and in DeSean Jackson, the Eagles have one of the most lethal punt returners in the game. If Jackson can crack a few long returns, it could lead to excellent field position and provide the Eagles with a big emotional lift.

3. The offensive line tightens up and keeps the Packers off of Vick. The Eagles O-line also needs to perform on their run blocking assignments as the more touches they can give RB LeSean McCoy, the longer they can keep Rodgers and Co., off the field. Pass protection, though, is their No. 1 goal.

Key matchup

Journeyman CB Dimitri Patterson, because of injuries, has been the Eagles’ starting right corner for the past nine games and with Pro Bowler Asante Samuel on the other corner, quarterbacks keep throwing Patterson’s way. He needs a big game against either Donald Driver or Greg Jennings, the two gifted Green Bay receivers. Make no mistake, Rodgers will be throwing Patterson’s way the entire game.

Injuries

Green Bay — DE Cullen Jenkins (calf), questionable; S Atari Bigby (groin), out; RB Korey Hall (knee), out; LB Frank Zombo (knee), out; Philadelphia — LB Stewart Bradley (elbow), questionable; G Todd Herremans (calf), questionable; G Max Jean-Gilles (ankle), questionable.

Mike Rutsey’s take

The game is being billed as Vick versus Rodgers as the NFL is a quarterbacks league and neither team relies on the running the ball.

The Eagles have more game breakers on offence than the Packers as running back McCoy and wide receiver Jackson are scary good and capable of turning a routine play into a TD any time they touch the ball.

On the other hand, the Packers defence is the better of the two and led by Matthews they can be counted on to harass and hurry Vick all game long. The Eagles don’t have the same ferociousness to their pass rush and in any event, Rodgers excels against the blitz.

Look for the Pack to emerge triumphant by less than a touchdown.


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