Packers-Bucs: Matchups to watch

Rodgers, Griese each look to attack secondaries in Sunday's game

Packers DBs vs. Buccaneers QB Brian Griese
The well-traveled Griese, who is 3-0 as a starter against Green Bay, is catching the Packers secondary at an optimum time. The only probable starter out of the preferred quartet of DBs is cornerback Charles Woodson, who is hobbling himself with a broken toe that he's managed to play on the last two games.

With cornerback Al Harris out at least one game because of a ruptured spleen and safeties Atari Bigby (hamstring) and Nick Collins (back) questionable to be ready by Sunday, the Bucs might be tempted to get greedy through the air against the Packers' patchwork back end. Griese put the ball up a franchise-record 67 times in Tampa Bay's overtime win at Chicago last Sunday. The most passes he's thrown in his three prior engagements against the Packers were 31 as a member of the Denver Broncos in 1999.

Griese led Denver that year, Tampa Bay in 2005 and Chicago last season to wins over Green Bay because he was economically efficient and didn't make huge mistakes, compiling a composite 99.4 passer rating.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers vs. Bucs defense
Rodgers goes from being confronted and pestered (five sacks) by one exotic defense in the Dallas Cowboys' in-your-face 3-4 front to facing the simplistic, yet disruptive Tampa 2 coverage scheme. Rodgers, who suffered his first letdown as the Packers' first-year starter on Sunday night, will have to be quick and precise with his throws against the Bucs.

Working in his favor to dodge the pressure defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin likes to bring from his defensive front is his adroit footwork to escape trouble in the pocket. So, the Packers' receivers can't give up on the play if it initially breaks down and will have to continually maneuver to get in position for Rodgers to make a throw on the run.

Donald Lee has been mostly quiet at tight end after three games but could be Rodgers' primary outlet with his ability to run crisp routes down the seams, where the Bucs can be exploited with their coverage patterns.

Bucs CB Ronde Barber vs. Packers WR Greg Jennings
Barber was exposed against the Saints and Bears. He may have lost a step and is being attacked in the deep passing game. Jennings is becoming one of the NFL's most dangerous WRs and will test Barber.

Packers RB Ryan Grant vs. Bucs LB Barrett Ruud
The Packers will need to be balanced on offense. Ruud is the best LB for Tampa Bay, which is saying something considering that they also have Cato June and Derrick Brooks.

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