Game Scout: Eagles at Packers

Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
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Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-3)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc. - TV: FOX
*TV announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
*Keys to the game: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said one individual -- meaning veteran backup QB Seneca Wallace, who starts in place of Aaron Rodgers -- won't change the entire offensive gameplan. The Eagles will sooner buy oceanfront property in Nevada. Wallace targeted outside receivers on only four of 19 attempts Monday night and at times McCarthy appeared to be using a play-call sheet pilfered from Marty Schottenheimer's archives. Rookie RB Eddie Lacy has at least 22 carries in five straight games, and James Starks will get more looks if the Packers keep it close. Pounding the ball to soften the middle of a defense that ranks dead-last against the pass and overall has been an effective strategy. The Eagles can run with the best of them, averaging 147 rushing yards per game, and QB Nick Foles gives the Packers' safeties something extra to think about after flinging seven touchdown passes last week. If the Packers remain without OLBs Nick Perry and Clay Matthews, Foles can stand in the pocket confidently and use RB LeSean McCoy to beat Green Bay's blitz tendencies. Foles has 13 touchdowns, no interceptions in 118 passes this season.
*Matchup to watch - Packers ILB A.J. Hawk vs. McCoy: Hawk's resurgence to a Pro Bowl level solidified a wobbly front seven, but he's no match for McCoy in the open field, and spread formations have sparked big plays against Green Bay.
*Player spotlight - Eagles WR Riley Cooper: Coming of a career game (139 yards, three TDs), Cooper and Foles are cooking up undeniably chemistry. Cooper has 15 catches for 347 yards in Foles' last three starts.
*Fast facts: Wallace is 6-15 as a starter in 11 NFL seasons. ... McCoy leads the NFL with 1,097 yards from scrimmage.
The Packers go ground-and-pound but can't come up with the big plays needed late in the game to fall off of the NFC North lead. The Eagles rise to .500 thanks to another big outing from Nick Foles.
*Our pick: Eagles 28-20

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