Packers-Lions: Key matchups

Harris-Woodson vs. Williams-Furrey; Green could capitalize on injuries to Detroit's line

Packers CBs Al Harris and Charles Woodson vs. Lions WRs Roy Williams and Mike Furrey
Williams on Wednesday talked up Harris as the best cornerback in the league, but it's Woodson who has been putting up the better telltale numbers this season with five interceptions and 20 pass breakups, to Harris' two and 17. In the last three games, Woodson has three picks and a fumble recovery.

Harris has defended the No. 1 receiver most of the season, which would suggest a rematch with Williams is in the offing. Yet, Harris didn't exclusively take Williams in the first meeting in Week 3, which partly explains why Williams had his way with seven catches for 138 yards. Williams' 42-yard touchdown came at the expense of overmatched safety Nick Collins in zone coverage. Furrey was just another receiver with three catches for 38 yards in that game, but he's been quite productive in the last four games with 31 receptions.

Lions QB Jon Kitna has been intercepted at least once in the last 11 games.

Packers offensive line vs. Lions defensive line
Advantage, for a change, to Green Bay's youthful quintet with the tackles Shaun -- Rogers and Shaun Cody -- out of the picture for Detroit because of season-ending injury issues.

The Lions, with Rogers and Cody wreaking havoc, did their finest work of the season in stopping the run in the teams' first meeting, holding the Packers to an average of 2.2 yards per carry. Ahman Green had just 63 yards in 22 carries. Since the loss of Rogers, though, the Lions have been gashed for more than 160 rushing yards in five of the last seven games. Green should have little trouble knocking a big chunk off the 238 yards he needs to overtake Jim Taylor as the Packers' all-time rushing leader.

Lions RT Barry Stokes vs. Packers LDE Aaron Kampman
Kampman leads the Packers with 10.5 sacks and will be working against Stokes on an offensive line that has given up eight sacks in the past two games.

Lions CB Dre' Bly vs. Packers WR Donald Driver
Driver doesn't get as much publicity as some WRs in the NFL, but he is Brett Favre's favorite receiver and that makes him a full-time threat.


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