Packers-Eagles: Key matchups

Green Bay defense vs. Westbrook, McNabb; Favre has struggled vs. Eagles secondary

Packers defense vs. Eagles RB Brian Westbrook
Green Bay caught a break, or so it thought, when Westbrook was sidelined for the teams' meeting last season. Philadelphia wound up winning anyway by a decisive 31-9. The electrifying Westbrook is healthy for the season-opening rematch and has the attention of the Packers defenders, who call him, not quarterback Donovan McNabb, the key to Sunday's game. Westbrook has punished Green Bay in the past in customary different ways, catching 11 passes with three touchdowns in a 2004 Eagles blowout win and then rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown in a slim Philly victory in 2005.

Packers QB Brett Favre vs. Eagles secondary
Provided he gets time to throw against a blitz-happy front seven, Favre will have to try something novel -- not use the likes of safety Brian Dawkins and cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown as his favorite receivers.

Favre has completed only 51.9 percent of his passes and counted 11 interceptions with just four touchdowns in six meetings against the Jim Johnson-coordinated defense since 2000. Not surprisingly, the Packers won only once. Any hopes Favre had of finally getting in sync with his predominantly young receivers might be dashed in this one.

Eagles RT Jon Runyan vs. Packers LDE Aaron Kampman
Runyan is a street fighter. Kampman led the NFC in sacks last season.

Eagles LDE Jevon Kearse vs. Packers RT Mark Tauscher
Kearse is coming back from a knee injury that sidelined him for 14 games last season.

Eagles WRs Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown vs. Packers CBs Al Harris and Charles Woodson
Harris and Woodson proved to be one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL last year. They will be challenged off the bat with newly acquired Curtis and Brown.

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