NFL football betting players should get a spectacular end to Wild-Card weekend on Sunday afternoon, when Green Bay heads to Philadelphia. Both teams have great quarterbacks, but defense should tell the story on Sunday.
The Packers (10-6) won their last two games of the season to make the playoffs, led by the return of Aaron Rodgers, who came back from his second concussion of the year. Rodgers is third in the league in passer rating, and that’s made more impressive considering that the Packers don’t run that much. The defense is powered by last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, cornerback Charles Woodson, and a strong candidate for this year’s award, linebacker Clay Matthews.
Those making NFL picks will also remember Green Bay’s 27-20 loss to Philadelphia, in which they weren’t prepared for Michael Vick, who came in for the injured Kevin Kolb, and they’ll be ready this time for Vick’s threat.
The Eagles (10-6) won the NFC East, but two losses to end the season probably ruined their chances of a bye. That extra week off probably would have done a lot for Vick and DeSean Jackson, both of whom are dealing with niggling injuries and while they will be on the field this week, we don’t know how healthy they are because their injuries are to their lower bodies, and they’re players built on speed. But the Eagles lost linebacker Stewart Bradley, the heart of their defense, and cornerback Dmitri Patterson has struggled badly since having a strong start to the season. The Eagles really don’t want to go into the playoffs like this.
The Packers are also ready for them this time, and you can expect a lot of blitzes because the Philadelphia offensive line has been awful lately. Rodgers should be able to find holes in the Philadelphia defense, and they may give some work to running back Brandon Jackson as the middle of the Eagles’ defense isn’t as strong without Bradley. The Eagles have been a great story all season, especially Vick, but it will come to a screeching halt on Sunday. Take the Eagles in a slight sports betting upset.
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