Packers-Seahawks: Key matchups

Here are some key matchups to watch Monday night when the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks. Green Bay's secondary will be tested by the Seahawks' receivers, as well as the return of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Packers CBs Al Harris and Charles Woodson vs. Seahawks WRs Darrell Jackson and Deion Branch
For one of the few times this season, Green Bay will have two prolific pass catchers with whom to contend. Harris has been marking the opponent's top receiver no matter the side, but defensive coordinator Bob Sanders might have to keep Harris (right) and Woodson (left) at home on their respective sides and take the individual matchups as they come.

Harris would be the better defender to stay with the fast Branch, since Woodson has been slowed in recent weeks by a knee injury. Still, Jackson, the league's touchdown leader with eight, has to be accounted for and can't be left to run open behind the secondary, which has been a fatal flaw for the Green Bay secondary the last three weeks.

Harris seeks a third straight game with an interception against the Seahawks.

Packers offensive line vs. Seahawks OLB Julian Peterson
Green Bay's line, with three rookies, was overrun by New England's heavy rush from its linebackers last Sunday, and it cost the Packers quarterback Brett Favre for the second half. The Packers will likely line up with the three rookies again, since Mark Tauscher is questionable at best with a lingering groin injury.

Peterson frequently blitzes on early downs and poses another challenge as a down lineman on the outside in passing situations. Left tackle Chad Clifton, who's been a big culprit for false-start penalties in settings a lot less quiet than the clamor that will be cascading down from the Qwest Field stands, figures to be on the spot in this one.

Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant vs. Packers WR Donald Driver
Trufant is coming off his best game of the season, but he is not making plays on the ball. Driver has 58 catches with four touchdowns this season, with a long of 82 yards. The Seahawks have done a much better job against the deep ball in recent weeks. That should continue playing at home.

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck vs. Packers S Marquand Manuel
Hasselbeck is coming off a knee injury. He could be a little rusty, but still represents an improvement for Seattle.

Manuel signed with Green Bay after starting for Seattle in Super Bowl XL. As a safety, he'll be instrumental in getting the Packers lined up properly against an offense he knows well. Hasselbeck must mix up his audibles to keep the Packers off-balance.

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