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NFL Betting Lines – Pick Of The Week – Packers Stun Eagles In Philly

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 1/6/2011 2:30:38 PM

Football is game of momentum, and the Green Bay Packers definitely have plenty of it entering this weekend’s NFL betting lines matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
Sunday, January 9, 2011
4:30 PM ET
Lincoln Financial Field
Broadcast: FOX

NFL Betting Lines
Green Bay +2.5
Philadelphia -2.5
Total 46

Green Bay is coming off two must-win victories against the New York Giants and Chicago Bears – which saved their season.

When starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out with a concussion against the Detroit Lions on December 12th, Packer fans knew their team would be in trouble.

It was Rodgers second concussion of the year, and would cause him to miss the remainder of the Detroit game and an important fixture against the New England Patriots in Week 15.

Green Bay fell to the last place Lions 7-3 and lost 31-27 to the Patriots, two devastating losses that practically knocked the Packers out of the 2010-11 NFL betting lines playoffs.

When Rodgers returned in Week 16 against the Giants, Green Bay’s offense didn’t skip a beat. In fact, they dropped a season-high 45 points on one of the strongest defensive units in the league.

Rodgers had his strongest performance of the year, throwing for 404 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Last week against the Bears, the Packers showed off one of their other strength’s – their defense. Allowing a lone first half field goal, Green Bay’s defense recorded 6 sacks and two interceptions, tormenting Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler in the pocket.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews finished the NFL betting lines year with the fourth-most sacks in the league with 13.5. Green Bay posted a +10 turnover ratio during the regular season, third best in the NFL.

Despite being led by an ex-convict and a trio of stars under the age of 25, the Philadelphia Eagles have posted the second best turnover ratio (+12) in the league.

With Michael Vick conducting his group of 20-something playmakers, the Eagles rank second in total offense and are averaging 27.4 points per game (3rd overall).

22-year-old running back LeSean McCoy, 24-year-old receiver DeSean Jackson, and 22-year-old wideout Jeremy Maclin are Vick’s primary targets when he scrambles away from pressure and releases his patented downfield, spiraling bullets.

Vick’s production however, has been trailing off since a Week 13 win over the Houston Texans. His completion percentage has dropped in every game since and he’s thrown interceptions in six consecutive games.

In his final NFL betting lines game of the year, Vick looked out of sync against one of the worst defenses in the league – the Minnesota Vikings. He completed just 25 of 43 pass attempts, threw an interception, and lost two fumbles.

The Vikings won 24-14.

Philadelphia peaked too early this year. It looks like all those hits Vick took over the season are beginning to affect him and the cold weather up in Philly won’t make them feel any better.

Green Bay defeated the Eagles 27-20 in Week 1 with Kevin Kolb starting his first NFL betting lines game. Admittedly, a lot has changed since then, but Philadelphia has already plateaued.

The Packers will come away with a win.

NFL Betting Lines Pick – Green Bay +2.5

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