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Every single ounce of me wanted to pick the Eagles to win this and as recently as a few weeks ago, I would have. But not after the latest news about the offensive line for the Birds.
These two teams met twice last year, and the Packers won them both, but not by much. The Eagles have all but said they are designing their team to match the format of the Packers last year, with the three-cornerback set being a key factor. The Birds took some major strides, but it will end with the Eagles’ fifth championship game loss in the Andy Reid era.
While the Eagles offense will be fantastic, there is a growing concern over the Eagles offensive line—Jason Peters is an All-Pro at left tackle and I think Todd Herremans will be fine at right tackle, but the interior three spots will be the downfall of this team. Evan Mathis and Kyle DeVan are great backups, but neither deserves to start and Jason Kelce may be a promising player in the future, but I question offensive line coach Howard Mudd’s decision to go with Kelce over the proven Jamaal Jackson.
The Packers pass rush will get to the Eagles. Last year, Clay Matthews massacred Kevin Kolb in Week 1. He will be a major factor in this game as well, and Aaron Rodgers and the offense will make the most of a couple of costly Michael Vick fumbles.
Packers 24, Eagles 20