Green Bay Packers
(0-0, 0-0 ATS)
(0-0, 0-0 ATS)
The Kevin Kolb era begins in the City of Brotherly Love, as he will lead his Philadelphia Eagles into NFL betting action against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.
There isn’t a heck of a lot of change this year for the Pack. QB Aaron Rodgers has the potential to be a 5,000 yard passer this season, especially with prospective 1,000+ yard receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver both on the outside. There are a lot of other options for Rodgers to find as well, not the least of which is RB Ryan Grant out of the backfield. This could be a breakout game and a breakout season for TE Jermichael Finley. Defensively, there could be some holes in this unit, but last year’s ‘D’ looked to be in significantly worse shape. DC Dom Capers continues to find ways to put some of the best defenses together on the field regardless of what names are on the backs of the jerseys. Injuries are starting to take a toll on this unit, though. DB Al Harris, DE Johnny Jolly, and SS Atari Bigby are all going to be out of the lineup in Week 1, while LB Brady Poppinga and DE Cullen Jenkins are questionable.
The good news for the Eagles is that they are as healthy as they are going to be for the rest of the year. DB Marlin Jackson is essentially irreplaceable, but someone is going to have to step into his safety role after he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon before training camp even started. The real questions are going to be on offense, though. We already know that WR DeSean Jackson and WR Jeremy Maclin make up the fastest set of receivers in the league without a shadow of a doubt. Kolb, who got used to throwing the deep ball at the University of Houston, shouldn’t be able to out throw these two. Still, this is an entirely unproven quarterback that is going to have to cut his teeth to prove that he is capable of making it in this league. RB LeSean McCoy only averaged 4.1 yards per carry last season, totaling 637 yards and just four scores on the year. Is the former U-Pitt star going to really be able to carry the load for the running game? The questions able Kolb and McCoy are going to be interesting to watch get answered in 2010.
This is a tough call to make in terms of the spread, but we are fairly sure that this one is going to fly past the number. Green Bay has too many defensive problems to stop any solid offense, and if either Jackson or Maclin can get a step on this ‘D’, it could be lights out with a ton of lengthy TDs. Eight of Green Bay’s L/10 games played in the month of September have gone past the number, while Philly’s L/12 home games have resulted in a 9-2-1 record for ‘over’ bettors.
Selection: Green Bay Packers/Philadelphia Eagles Over 47.5