Oakland at Green Bay
Kickoff: Sunday, 3:15 p.m., at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
TV: CBS; DirecTV: 705. Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Keys to the game: The Raiders are on a weekly wait-and-see approach with RB Darren McFadden (foot) while riding Michael Bush hard in the meantime. The ability to move the ball on the ground will be critical in protecting the defense while setting up play-action for QB Carson Palmer — neither of which happened in last week's drubbing in Miami. Green Bay gives up yards in big chunks, but buckles down in the red zone and the aggressive secondary gambles often in an attempt to earn a few more possessions. While the Packers will poke and prod at Oakland's shaky run defense, it's the secondary that will come under relentless fire. QB Aaron Rodgers has felt constant pressure on a weekly basis, but his mobility buys the extra time he needs to find his multitude of options downfield. If Oakland's front seven can't get in Rodgers' face, the Raiders lack the depth can't hold up in the secondary.
Matchup to watch: Raiders OLB Aaron Curry vs. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: Curry continues to be praised by coach Hue Jackson for his professionalism and work ethic. More important, he's proving to be more of a playmaker than he ever was in Seattle. Curry helped set up a pair of interceptions two weeks ago through a pressure and a tipped pass, and has the athleticism Rodgers must account for as a pass rusher — although a serious knock on Curry has been his deficiencies in coverage.
Player spotlight: Raiders FB Marcel Reece: A unique blend of size and speed for the position, Reece is a former college wide receiver who has split wide on occasion due to injuries at the position while being more involved out of the backfield with McFadden and Taiwan Jones ailing. Jackson covets his versatility as a blocker, runner and receiver.
Fast facts: The Raiders have 16 sacks in their past four games. ... Green Bay has a franchise-record 18-game winning streak, and has won 16 of its last 17 home games.
Who will win and why: Things snowballed quickly for the Raiders in Miami last week, but the Packers are embracing their shot at a perfect record and won't overlook a talented roster. Oakland's leaky run defense won't be a big issue this week, but the Packers are more disciplined and simply execute better.
TSX pick: Packers 31-26.
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