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Here is a look at how Sunday's Packers-Eagles wild-card game could unfold from a fantasy perspective:
When the Packers have the ball: A trustworthy playmaker under center, QB Aaron Rodgers leads a Packers offense that has shown flashes of brilliance but has been up and down. Rodgers was epic in Week 16, though, and should be chucking it plenty this Sunday. He had 188 yards, two TD passes and two interceptions in Week One at Philly. He has a loaded receiving corps, but Greg Jennings is the clear-cut No. 1. With more than 1,200 yards and 12 TDs, Jennings had one of the best seasons of any wideout and should make some big plays despite going against CB Asante Samuel. Rodgers distributes the ball fairly evenly among WRs Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson, so it's anybody's guess as to which will step up in the wild-card round. Driver did have a TD last time vs. the Eagles. Green Bay does not have a consistent running game, as RB Brandon Jackson's carries fluctuate greatly from week to week. Against an average Philly run "D," he could see more work to help keep the Eagles from becoming blitz-happy. Around the goal line, John Kuhn is the preferred option.
When the Eagles have the ball: As it has all season, the Eagles' offense lives and dies with QB Michael Vick. Saying he's close to 100 percent after missing Week 17 with a quad injury, Vick is expected to start and will need to be at his best for Philly to prevail in this tough matchup. He had been incredible as both a passer and runner prior to getting hurt in Week 16, and he should be at top form on Sunday as long as he isn't rattled by the Green Bay blitz. WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin will be Vick's primary targets, and both are top-notch playmakers. Jackson gained 22.5 yards per catch in 2010 and is the game's best deep threat, though getting behind a good Packers secondary could prove difficult. Maclin actually has been the more dependable player, finishing with 10 TD grabs, including one against the Pack in Week One. TE Brent Celek has become a larger part of the passing game lately and could make a contribution. On the ground, LeSean McCoy is the team's backfield star, rushing for more than 1,000 yards this season while also chipping in nearly 600 receiving yards. Green Bay has been gashed by the run at times, and McCoy should be able to rip off some long runs.