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Friday, January 14, 2011
BBAO: Defending Greg Jennings

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over

Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings caught 62 passes over the final 11 weeks of the regular season, and so it was probably no surprise that the Philadelphia Eagles centered their defensive game plan around stopping him in last Sunday's wild-card playoff game. Jennings finished with one reception for 8 yards, his lowest output since 2006, but probably helped open up the running game for rookie tailback James Starks.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the situation and wonders if the Atlanta Falcons will follow a similar game plan. Jennings: "I talked to one of their guys after the game, Ellis Hobbs, and he basically said, 'We were doubling you wherever you went.' It was clearly visible what they were doing from the jump."

The Falcons might be well-advised to do the same. Jennings has been especially dangerous in indoor venues in his career, averaging nearly 19 yards per catch, and had five receptions for 119 yards in the teams' Week 12 matchup at the Georgia Dome.

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