Packers-Bills: Key matchups

Kampman, KGB should be able to take advantage of Bills' inexperienced tackles

Packers LDE Aaron Kampman vs. Bills RT Terrance Pennington
Now might not be the most appropriate time to give rookie Pennington his first NFL start because it shapes up to be a baptism by fire. Kampman has been on a tear with 4.5 sacks in the last four games and is tied for the league lead with 8.5. He will be giving up 3 inches and about 50 pounds to the hulking Pennington, but the veteran's headiness should be enough to make the debut miserable for the rook.

Bills KR Terrence McGee vs. Packers kickoff-coverage unit
Thanks in large part to Dave Rayner's howitzer-like right leg, which Green Bay lacked in previous years when Ryan Longwell was the kicker, the Packers have ascended to No. 1 in the league for kickoff coverage. Opponents are averaging only 19.3 yards per return, and their average starting point is their 24-yard line. The strength of the sputtering Bills, however, is their special-teams play. McGee ranks eighth in the loop with an average of 25.5 yards per return and has a 72-yard run under his belt this season. The Packers will have to be more assignment-sure in this game because the weather conditions could be nasty and wreak havoc with Rayner's kicks.

Bills LT Jason Peters vs. Packers RDE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
Peters will be making his making his NFL debut protecting quarterback J.P. Losman's blind side. Gbaja-Biamila, who has three sacks, is still among the league's more feared pass rushers.

Bills WRs Lee Evans and Peerless Price vs. Packers' CBs Charles Woodson and Al Harris
Neither Evans nor Price have caught a pass for more than 27 yards this season. They'll be facing Harris, who likely will shadow Evans, and Woodson, two of the NFL's more physical cover men. Woodson is doubtful with a knee injury, but that may change if he can practice on Friday.

Bills DTs Larry Tripplett, Tim Anderson and Kyle Williams vs. Packers' rookie guards Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz
Green Bay's offensive line has given up just nine sacks this season, despite the youth in the middle. Tripplett, Anderson and Williams have yet to record a sack and have been overpowered at times.

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