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5 Eagles playoff questions

Five Eagles playoff questions as the countdown to Green Bay begins:

5 Eagles playoff questions

The Eagles will need a healthy Michael Vick for Sunday´s playoff game against Green Bay. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
The Eagles will need a healthy Michael Vick for Sunday's playoff game against Green Bay. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Five Eagles playoff questions as the countdown to Green Bay begins:

1. What is the state of Vick? Michael Vick sat out yesterday’s game with a quad bruise. But Eagles coach Andy Reid gave every indication that he will be ready, willing and able to play Sunday against the Packers.

2. What is Stewart Bradley’s status? Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, who has missed the last 3 games with a dislocated elbow, said after the game yesterday that he will be ready to go for Sunday’s playoff game against the Packers. If that’s the case, the only question is where he’ll play. Will he return to middle linebacker or will Sean McDermott shuffle his linebackers, keep rookie Jamar Chaney at MIKE and move Bradley to the strong side, where he played in college?

3. Can the Eagles stop Aaron Rodgers? The Eagles defense, which has given up 31 touchdown passes and is dead last in the league in red zone defense, will have its work cut out for it Sunday when it takes on red-hot Aaron Rodgers, who has a 122.0 passer rating in his last 7 starts. "They gave us some problems when we played up there," Rodgers said. "We weren’t overly efficient on offense, so it’s going to be important for us to have a good week of practice.”

4. Do the Eagles have an answer for Clay Matthews? The last time the Eagles faced the Packers, linebacker Clay Matthews made their life miserable. He had two sacks in that game and knocked starter Kevin Kolb out of the game with a concussion. Matthews finished the season with 14 sacks.

5. What will DeSean’s contribution be? Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who rested his sore foot yesterday, had just 4 catches for 30 yards in the Eagles’ Week 1 loss to the Packers. They’re going to need better production from him in Sunday’s rematch if they hope to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive.

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