Packers-Lions key matchups

The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are each trying to get their first victory of the season on Sunday when they meet at Ford Field in Detroit. Here are some key matchups to watch in the game between the two rivals.

Interior of the Packers' offensive line vs. Lions DT Shaun Rogers
Since getting an emergency start in his first NFL game at Green Bay to open the 2001 season, it seems as though it was a birthright for Rogers to have some of his better games against the Packers. Two of his career-high 5.5 sacks came at the expense of Brett Favre last season.

More of the same could be in order Sunday since the Packers will attempt to counter the 345-pound Rogers with two rookie guards in Tony Moll on the right side and probably Daryn Colledge on the left side as well as center Scott Wells, each of whom is about 50 pounds lighter than the one-man wrecking crew on the other side. The Packers are in disarray with carrying out assignments in their zone-blocking run scheme, and having to account for the explosive Rogers raises the concern level.

Lions WR Roy Williams vs. Packers CBs Al Harris and Charles Woodson
Williams has been talking the talk and walking the walk but he'll be playing against two quality cornerbacks on Sunday.

Lions RB Kevin Jones vs. Packers WLB A.J. Hawk
The Lions need at least the threat of a running game to give QB Jon Kitna a chance to be effective throwing the ball, and that means Jones has to be more effective with the ball in his hands.

Lions CB Dre' Bly vs. Packers WR Donald Driver
Bly is still the Lions most dangerous defensive playmaker but he'll have his hands full with Driver, whose 15 receptions for 249 yards puts him among the NFL leaders.


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