Packers-Eagles: Key matchups

The Green Bay Packers will play the Philadelphia Eagles for the fourth straight season on ESPN's version of Monday Night Football at Lincoln Financial Field. Here are some key matchups to watch between the two teams.

Eagles RB Brian Westbrook vs. Packers defense
Green Bay draws a difficult assignment for the second time in three weeks with an ultra-versatile back. While the Packers did a commendable job in containing Saints rookie Reggie Bush, who had only 5 rushing yards and eight catches for 68 yards, Westbrook is more advanced with exploiting matchups. He has done a number on Green Bay as both a rusher and a receiver in the teams' last two meetings, grabbing 11 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns in 2004 and running for 120 yards in 20 carries with a TD last season.

Free safety Nick Collins could get first dibs on shadowing Westbrook out of the backfield, as he did with Bush, but Collins is a huge liability if Westbrook were to get him in one-on-one pass coverage. Consequently, cornerback Charles Woodson might be on the spot in having to take Westbrook out of the slot in passing situations.

Packers LT Chad Clifton vs. Eagles RDE Trent Cole
Clifton is playing on achy knees after undergoing off-season surgery, which doesn't bode well in taking on the speedy Cole man up.

The offensive line managed to keep Brett Favre from taking one hit in the pocket at Detroit last Sunday. A repeat performance would be one for the ages, given the frequency the Eagles will rush more than just the front four.

It will be incumbent on rookie Daryn Colledge, penciled in to make a third straight start at left guard, to come to Clifton's aid in fending off Cole and the blitzers angling for Favre's back side.

Eagles RT Jon Runyan vs. Packers LDE Aaron Kampman
Kampman leads the Packers in sacks with four. Runyan did a solid job two weeks ago vs. Michael Strahan.

Eagles MLB Jeremiah Trotter vs. Packers RB Ahman Green
Trotter is the heart and soul of the Eagles' run defense. Green has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry the last two games.

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