Sunday, January 9, 2011
BBAO: Sun is shining in Philadelphia
By Kevin Seifert
PHILADELPHIA -- Greetings from Philly, where the sun is shining, the temperature is 25 degrees and there is only a couple of inches of snow on the ground.
Or, in East Coast terms, it's frigid.
Seriously, the National Weather Service is calling for a game-time temperature of 29 degrees when the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles kick off at 4:30 pm. ET. Winds will be gusting at up to 15 miles per hour. I don't see those conditions impacting the Packers at all.
We have one bit of news to pass along. ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports that Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins, who hasn't played in a month because of a calf injury, remains on track to be in uniform Sunday.
I'll be joining a host of ESPN.com colleagues over at Lincoln Financial Field in a few hours. For now, let's run through a Packers-only version of Black and Blue All Over:
- Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "But other than the color of their uniforms, both teams have been so dramatically altered by injury and circumstance that the season-opener might as well have been played five years ago."
- The biggest difference between the Packers in the playoffs this season and last season, writes Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel, is having three reliable cornerbacks.
- Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reviews the Packers' two postseason games in Philadelphia, both losses.
- The Packers will have 10 different starters in this game than they did in Week 1 against the Eagles, notes Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette.
- Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "Here's a remarkable statistic from the folks at STATS LLC: At no point this season did the Packers trail by more than a touchdown. That's right, through 960 minutes in 16 games, at no point in any game were the Packers were ever behind by more than a touchdown, the only team in the NFL to have kept it that close all season long."
- If you want to review our discussions on Packers-Eagles, here is a handy filter. Our most recent post was on the scrambling production of each team's quarterback.