|by Ryan Messick |
5. DeSean Jackson – There are two “under the radar” ways in which Jackson can be a key difference maker in this game. One is as a punt returner against a suspect Packers coverage unit. Jackson will likely be used on most, if not all, returns. On offense, Jackson needs to be able to recognize the Packers tricky schemes out of a blitzing, 3-4 zone defense. If he can read the blitzes and break off his routes accordingly, he should have a strong game.
4. Don’t bite on Rodgers’ Play Action – While the Packers don’t run the ball particularly well, they still commit to it enough to set up play action. Rodgers is one of the best in the league at faking the handoff and has been lethal on play action this season.
3. Pressure With Front Four – The Eagles need to get some pressure on Rodgers without blitzing, as defensive coordinator Sean McDermott calls him possibly the best quarterback in the NFL when it comes to reading the blitz. If he can see it coming, he has all of the tools to burn it. Therefore, getting in his face with a four man rush is critical.
2. LeSean McCoy – If the Packers are going to blitz aggressively, McCoy will be important in a couple of ways. One of the best ways to attack the 3-4 front is by running the ball up the middle, so McCoy could be called upon if Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg are willing to run the ball. McCoy will also be key in pass protection, as he may be called upon to pick up the blitz.
1. Locate Charles Woodson – The Packers cornerback is highly versatile and has been used in the slot this year when Green Bay is in its Nickel package. That’s because Woodson is a highly effective blitzer and is solid in run support as well. Given the success teams have had blitzing defensive backs at Michael Vick, the Birds quarterback needs to locate Woodson before the snap on every play and be aware of the potential for a blitz.