Everyone is making the comparisons between Aaron Rodgers and Kevin Kolb, because of how they became starters, even though I can give you a ton of reasons why they are different. But nonetheless, Kolb will be making his first start post Donavon McNabb. His performance is the key to the Eagles season and he will have a tough test going up against the number two defense from a year ago.
As for Rodgers, he had undoubtedly the best preseason of any QB or even player in the league. Now many, including me, expect him to take the next step and assert himself as one of, if not the league's best.
He certainly has no shortage of weapons at his disposal. Jermichael Finley followed up his strong finish to '09 with a training camp and preseason that made heads turn left and right. He looks almost uncoverable at times, which is scary for defenses who also have to cover two 1,000 yards receivers in Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Not to mention stop Ryan Grant who has quietly gained over 1,200 yards each of the last two seasons.
The offensive line, however, was horrible at times last year, but has shown significant improvement. It should be much better than last year, but there's no doubt this game will be a big test of that going up against Trent Cole and company.
The biggest concern heading into this season has to be the lack of depth in the secondary. Woodson and Williams are a nice starting pair, but having Brandon Underwood or Sam Shields as the nickle for at least the first six weeks makes a lot of people cringe. Morgan Burnett will also be making his first NFL start on Sunday. The rookie from Georgia Tech will be filling in at strong safety for Atari Bigby, although most indications are that he would have won the starting job even if Bigby was healthy.
This game is expected to be close based on the lines, but I don't see it as so. I think the Eagles will put up a good fight but in the end the Packers offense will be too much for the Eagles to make up for with Kevin Kolb likely under pressure. I'm going to say 35-17 Green Bay, but feel free to give me your prediction. This should definitely be a game to watch Week 1.
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