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Friday, September 10, 2010
Passing game holds key to Packers-Eagles

Sunday afternoon the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles open up their seasons with a meeting at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Let's examine a couple of the storylines:

Aaron Rodgers might be in for a big day on Sunday against the Eagles. Rodgers torched opposing defenses last season when teams sent five or more pass rushers, throwing 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The Eagles rushed five or more defenders on 42.2 percent of pass plays last year, giving them the sixth-most aggressive pass rush in the league.

• The Eagles had the fourth-most pass attempts of 15 yards or more in 2009 and Kevin Kolb found success in those situations. He connected with DeSean Jackson three of the five times he targeted him 15-plus yards downfield, while Donovan McNabb connected on just 14 of his 36 attempts to Jackson.