Packers-Falcons: Matchups to watch

Green Bay defense will have its hands full with Turner

Packers defense vs. Falcons RB Michael Turner
Turner, the league's leading rusher with 422 yards, should be champing at the bit to get running in this game. When healthy not long ago, the Packers were susceptible to giving up big runs. Now, they'll have to try to bottle up Turner with a unit decimated by injuries at key positions.

Green Bay ranks 26th against the run, allowing an average of 157.8 yards per game. Thanks in great measure to Turner, the Falcons are No. 1 in rushing offense with a per-game average of 181.8 yards. The Packers have been maddeningly lax with their tackling, and the powerful Turner has thrived on breaking tackles.

Packers OTs Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher vs. Falcons DE John Abraham
Green Bay's stout bookend tackles will be challenged by Abraham, who leads the league with six sacks. Left tackle Clifton probably will have the one-on-one matchup most of the time, giving way to right tackle Tauscher when Abraham shifts to left end on passing downs. Clifton shut out Minnesota All-Pro Jared Allen in the season opener. Three weeks later, however, Clifton is nursing a sore hamstring on top of playing on achy knees. That favors the speedy Abraham in getting off the ball first. What's more, Clifton has been penalty-prone so far this season with an enforced three holding calls and a false start.

Falcons WR Roddy White vs. Packers Bay CB Charles Woodson
White is the Falcons' top receiving target with 18 catches for 322 yards, but he only has one touchdown. The Packers will try to take away the Falcons top weapon with Charles Woodson, who returned an interception 62-yards for a touchdown against Tampa Bay. Despite a foot injury that keeps him from practicing, Woodson is having a good start.

Falcons MLB Curtis Lofton vs. Packers Bay RB Ryan Grant
Rookie Curtis Lofton had a strong first quarter of the season, while Grant has had trouble bouncing back from injury. Lofton is good at stepping up and plugging holes in the run game and also has the speed to play sideline to sideline. Grant is having trouble returning to form after suffering a hamstring injury.

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