Packers-Lions: Key matchups

Detroit's defensive line a challenge for Packers' rushing attack

Packers QB Brett Favre vs. Detroit's secondary
Lions safeties Kenoy Kennedy and Terrence Holt were the first beneficiaries of Favre's season-long knack for throwing the football into the hands of the opponent when the teams met in the season opener Sept. 11 at Detroit. Savvy veteran cornerback Dre' Bly has been a problem for Favre in the past. Pro Bowl receiver Javon Walker suffered a season-ending torn ACL in that 17-3 loss to the Lions, the start of the litany of the Packers' skilled offensive players succumbing to serious injuries.

Packers run game vs. Lions DTs Shaun Rogers and Dan Wilkinson
Just as Green Bay's receiving corps has been gutted in the last three months, Detroit's defense will get a different look from the Packers' once-formidable rushing attack since the teams first met. They've got a new starting guard in Scott Wells on the left side, and unheralded rookie Samkon Gado has settled in as the fifth starting halfback. If Gado can continue making big strides in reading his blocks and running with authority outside the tackles, Rogers and Wilkinson won't have their way in making plays up the middle. The play of rookie RG Will Whitticker back in the starting lineup after a one-game demotion will be telling in whether the Packers get the rushing numbers back up to par after managing just 46 yards in the teams' initial meeting.

Lions CB Dre' Bly vs. Packers WR Donald Driver
Driver has been the Packers' most consistent receiving threat, and Bly is playing with a cast on his surgically repaired right wrist.

Lions QB Jeff Garcia vs. Packers CB Al Harris
Garcia has given up three interceptions in four appearances this year and has had two more interceptions nullified by penalties. He has to be aware of Harris, working against WR Scottie Vines.

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