2006-2007 Eagles versus Packers Preview
It's football season baby!
Life can now offically begin.
Pressure the quarterback, pressure the quarterback, pressure the quarterback. The team that shows the best ability to pressure the quarterback will be victorious on Sunday. It's as simple as that. There will be blitzes coming from all angles on Sunday, especially from Jim Johnson in order to hide the deficiencies of Omar Gaither and Chris Gocong. The Packers will use the short game to keep our offense off the field by throwing screen after screen to exploit our young linebackers.
Key Matchup for the Eagles: The defensive line versus the rook Brandon Jackson. The Eagles caught a break in that the Packers starter Vernand Morency remains injured, therefore despite the inability to stop the run the Eagles have the advantage here. What an excellent time for the young backers to step in and show them what they got early in the season. The Eagles should take care of business here, but the Eagles always start out slow, so this has me worried here. Do the Packers have the potential like the Saints to run it down our throats? There will be breakdowns but I don't think so.
Key Matchup for the Packers: Brett Favre versus Our Linebackers. This is what scares me. I have nightmares of Brett Favre, a seasoned leader, taking advantage of the inexperienced backers SAM Chris Gocong and MIKE Omar Gaither. Get ready for the Packers to do everything they can to exploit this part of the defense by running screen after screen, attacking Gaither right up the middle and seeing if Gocong can defend against the pass. The Packers have had a year to gameplan for this game. This is what we will see. Can our young linebackers shed blocks, make the open field tackle and read play action?
Key Player for the Eagles: Brian Westbrook. As Westbrook goes, so do the Eagles. Brian Westbrook has barely played all preseason, but he prime and ready for the opener. There's no doubt he's the most dangerous weapon on either team, and the Packers have an aggressive front seven that likes to blitz. Get ready for a ton of dumps, delays and screens due to an over pursuing defense to let Westbrook run loose. He's gonna have a huge game.
Key Player for the Packers: Donald Driver. Will he play? It seemed, at first, he'd be out quite some time but apparently he practiced yesterday and looks ready to go. He's probably the best player on the Packers and there is no doubt the Pack will use him as a possession receiver on those quick slants Favre likes to throw. Lito better be ready because he's gonna have an extremely active game.
Prediction: Eagles 23 Packers 17
This game will go back and forth in terms of emotions. There will be many occurances where the game is in the Eagles hands but defensive breakdowns and penalties will keep the Pack in this game til the very end. I predict the Eagles will get on the board early and often but fail to score the remainder of the game. Although McNabb will look on target and an early MVP candidate, drops by the WRs and mistackles by our linebackers will be the main heartache for Eagle fans.