I've had a change of heart. I know I said, on the air, that the Packers were going to lose 24-30. But, after taking a closer look at some of the stats and a few game scenarios, I've seen the light. For the Green Bay Packers, winning the opening game in the playoffs is a lot like driving a car. Check your blind spots, look in the rear-view mirror, and cut off that guy in the '87 Buick Century.
The Blind Spots
It's the one thing that often gets overlooked: Special teams play. If the Packers are going to come out of the City of Brotherly Love with a "V" the Special Teams Unit needs to look like the final game against the Chicago Bears and not like every other game this season. The most important thing the Packers can do is pretty easy to accomplish: Keep the ball away from Desean Jackson.
Looking in the Rear-view Mirror
Yes, Michael Vick is a phenomenal athlete. Desean Jackson is - arguably - the fastest wideout in the game. And the defense has the most passes defended and the third-most interceptions in the league this season. But, the Eagles can't win. When Desean Jackson squared off with premier corners like the Redskins' De'Angelo Hall, the Bears' Charles Tillman, the Vikings' Antoine Winfield he was 0-3 with a combined 77 yards receiving. And the last time he tangled with the Packers' Charles Woodson he only had four receptions for 30 yards. On the season when he has fewer than 34 yards receiving the team is 1-4. The only win coming to the lowly San Francisco 49ers. And the Packers are miles ahead of the almost NFC West champs. Although Jackson will provide a boost to the Eagles and most likely will be a factor on special teams, at the end of the game he will be a non-factor on the score board because of Charles Woodson. And when Desean Jackson is a non-factor the Eagles aren't successful.
Cut Off That Jerk Next to You
Final score: Green Bay 31, Philadelphia 26