NFL Week 1 Previews: Green Bay Installed As Three-Point Favorite Over Philadelphia
September 9th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Aaron Rodgers can sympathize with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.  Just a few years ago, Rodgers was coming into the season replacing Brett Favre as the starting quarterback, having waited behind him for several seasons before finally getting his shot.  The same can be said for Kolb, who has been behind Donovan McNabb until the Eagles traded him to Washington.  Now, Kolb embarks on the 2010 NFL Season looking to create the same success that Rodgers has endured in Green Bay.

Rodgers has had a fantastic preseason, throwing for 406 yards and six touchdown passes, not to mention his 77 percent completion percentage.  If Rodgers continues this type of production, the Eagles will have to put up a ton of point on Green Bay to keep up.

“I think he keeps amazing himself,” remarked wide receiver Donald Driver said. “He is the best, and he’s proving it. It puts a smile on my face because I’ve seen the man grow from a little kid to a grown man. To do what he’s done, going into his third year as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, it’s a true fact of what he can do.”

Offensively for the Packers, Rodgers has several weapons at his disposal including Driver,  and Greg Jennings.  Running back Ryan Grant also aims to give the offense more balance, and should be freed up, given the respect that Rodgers warrants throwing the ball.

For the Eagles on defense, it’s a matter of containment.  If they can get pressure on the Packer quarterback, they can stop them.  That could be possible, given the problems with the offensive line last season.  But this is a new year, and Green Bay is trying to limit the time Rodgers spends being hit or on the ground.

For the Eagles on offense, they have a ton of confidence in Kolb.  He has the arm to make all of the throws and handing the ball of to LeSean McCoy isn’t too bad either.  The Green Bay defense is good, but defending receivers DeSeasn Jackson and Jeremy Maclin is a tough task for any defense.  Jackson is one of the most explosive players in the league, and can change a game with one play.

Look for the Packers to use a lot of doulbe coverages on Jackson, not allowing him to get a step on them.  If they can avoid getting beat deep and keep everything in front of them, they will have a much easier time.

The game kicks off at 4:15 on Sunday, with a real threat for a chance of rain.

USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Lines have set the Packers as a three-point favorite in this one, with the over/under resting a

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