Packers-Bears: Key matchups

Special teams will have hands full with Hester; Favre vs. Bears secondary

Packers coverage units vs. Bears returner Devin Hester
If ever a game is going to be decided by special teams, this could be it. Hester's record-breaking rookie season as a return man last year started with an 84-yard runback on a punt to complete the Bears' rout of the Packers on opening day at Lambeau Field.

Hester has picked right back up with his dynamic antics, taking two returns to the end zone and is untouchable with a league-best punt-return average of 19.9 yards.

Green Bay, though, has been stingy on punt coverage, giving up an average of only 1.8 yards to rank second in the league. Take away Hester's one big return and the Packers kept him from breaking away in their two 2006 encounters -- he averaged just 3.5 yards in six other punt returns and 19.8 yards in four kickoff returns.

Green Bay has a chance to subdue Hester with rookie kicker Mason Crosby, who has seven touchbacks, and punter Jon Ryan, the NFC leader with four kicks out of bounds.

Packers LDE Aaron Kampman vs. Bears RT Fred Miller
Kampman commenced his NFC-leading, 15.5-sack season with a takedown in the 2006 opener lined across from Miller. Rex Grossman won't be the target this time, but Kampman could have a big day against Miller in reaching Brian Griese.

Miller was abused in the last game by Detroit's Jared DeVries, who had three sacks and forced two fumbles. The Packers will need to generate a sustained pass rush up front to compensate for limitations with their banged-up secondary.

QB Brett Favre vs. Bears' pass rush
Chicago is tied for first in the league with 16 sacks, but the Packers offensive line has only given up eight sacks this season.

Bears LT John St. Clair vs. Packers situational pass rusher Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
Clair is expected to be pressed into service for injured John Tait (ankle). Gbaja-Biamila leads the team with 3.5 sacks and has more career sacks against Chicago (11) than any other team.


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