Eagle Eye: Eagles-Packers Predictions
LeSean McCoy is 48 yards behind Redskins running back Alfred Morris for the NFL lead in rushing yards. (USA Today Images)
Looking at the keys to the Eagles' matchup against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field:
• LeSean McCoy had been the rushing leader all season until Thursday night. The Redskins' Alfred Morris now leads McCoy by 48 yards, and the Vikings' Adrian Peterson is now nine yards ahead of Shady. McCoy should regain the lead Sunday but it wont be easy since he's been averaging 49 yards per game his last three outings, and Green Bay is fifth against the run.
• On Thursday I asked Nick Foles if he was going to make a trip to the Hall of Fame as soon as the season is over to see his jersey and cleats sitting next to some of the all-time legends of the game. His answer: "Nah, but maybe when I have kids someday."
• Coming off his 150-yard receiving performance against the Raiders, DeSean Jackson is now second in the league in receiving yards. It will be interesting to see who the Packers match up against him as both starting cornerbacks Tramon Williams, and Sam Shields run sub 4.4 forties, and both play man-to-man coverage well.
• This will be a huge test for the Eagles' defensive front seven. Rookie RB Eddie Lacy has been on a tear lately. His 545 rushing yards over the past five weeks is tops among NFL rushers. Plus, James Starks seems to have regained his formed that helped the Packers win the Super Bowl in 2010.
• The Eagles' defense hasn't given up a touchdown pass in the last two games. They will have their work cut out for them trying to keep Green Bay wideouts Jordie Nelson and James Jones out of the end zone.
• The Birds' defense has held the last five opponents to 21 or less points.
• With Packers premiere pass rusher Clay Matthews returning this Sunday with a club on his injured hand, Foles may have to get rid of the ball faster than he wants to, which means the tight ends and running backs could figure prominently in the passing game.
• Hard to figure out why the Birds play better on the road than at home (4-1 away from the Linc), but all-time they are 4-16 at Lambeau Field.