Packers-Seahawks: Key matchups

Favre should be able to thrive against Seahawks' depleted secondary

QB Brett Favre and WR Donald Driver vs. Seattle's cornerbacks
The Seahawks will be without starters Andre Dyson and Marcus Trufant and possibly No. 3 Kelly Herndon. That leaves Jordan Babineaux and Jimmy Williams as the likely starters. No way Favre ends the season with five straight games without a touchdown pass, is there?

As long as he doesn't take pity on Seattle's makeshift defensive backs and allow them to add their names to his extensive pick list this season, Driver stands an excellent chance of topping his career-best numbers of last season.

DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila vs. LT Walter Jones
Gbaja-Biamila has just six sacks and would need a whopper of a finale to extend his team record to five straight seasons with double-digit sacks. Considering he was engulfed by Baltimore's Jonathan Ogden two games ago, Gbaja-Biamila will be hard pressed to drive past the doubly imposing Jones for one sack. His only hope is Mike Holmgren designates Jones as one of the key starters to be pulled from the meaningless game early.

QB Seneca Wallace vs. Packers' top-ranked pass defense
Green Bay's high ranking against the pass is a bit deceptive because the Packers give up so many yards on the ground. Wallace has played pretty well in spurts this season but the coaches have held him back because the team was usually trying not to run up the score.

This week gives Wallace a chance to function more freely in the offense, although he'll be surrounded by quite a few backups. Wallace has the feet to make plays on the ground, but people might be surprised by his arm strength. Wallace slings the ball pretty good. Don't be surprised if he plays well enough to keep Seattle competitive in this game.


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