The Green Bay Packers are favored in the NFL odds to win the NFC as the favorite pick to take North division. But while that’s great news for all Cheese Heads out there, they should barring major injury in the preseason. Two years ago, the Pack lost top receiver Jordy Nelson to a season-ending injury in a game that didn’t matter. So Coach Mike McCarthy could opt to rest many of his starters Thursday vs. Philadelphia.
Eagles vs Packers NFL Week 1 Preseason Odds & Game InfoWhen: Thursday, Aug. 10, 8 PM ETWhere: Lambeau Field, Green BayTV: Local TV onlyRadio: http://www.siriusxm.com/nflStream Option: NFL LiveOpening NFL Lines: Packers -1 (39.5)
Eagles Receiver NewsAlshon Jeffery (shoulder) has resumed practicing at Eagles camp. The former Bear, who signed as a free agent this offseason, He missed four days with a shoulder strain. Jeffery has battled shoulder problems before in addition to frequent soft-tissue injuries, but he should be considered healthy going forward. There is still no word on whether Jeffery will play in the preseason opener on Thursday.
The subtext is that Matthews is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is a free agent at the end of the year. Agholor, who has two years left on his deal, has stood out this offseason.
Philly Adds To DefenseIt’s not often you add a potential starter this late in the summer, but the Eagles might have in Corey Graham, who comes to Philadelphia after having spent his last three seasons in Buffalo. The 11-year veteran wasn’t cagey either about admitting his reason for signing with Eagles. The answer was actually quite simple: defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Rodgers Out?It’s starting to look like two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers will sit this game out. Brett Hundley practiced with the starters throughout Monday’s practice, while Rodgers ran the scout team instead. This is a plain sign that the Packers do not plan to have Rodgers on the field at all in Thursday’s preseason opener.On that note, Hundley looked very good, and will have plenty of opportunities to display his development on Thursday. He had a big connection with Randall Cobb on a deep throw at one point while the defense struggled in zone coverage.
- Eagles are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Green Bay.
- Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.