Packers-Seahawks: Matchups to watch

Grant vs. Seahawks defense; will Hasselbeck thrive against Packers' secondary?

Packers RB Ryan Grant vs. Seahawks run defense
Grant still is without a 100-yard rushing game this season, but he could cross that threshold Sunday. After being hampered at the outset of the season by lingering soreness from a right hamstring injury sustained in training camp, Grant ran with some authority in an 18-carry, 83-yard effort against Atlanta in the Packers' last game.

Grant plowed through Seattle's leaky defense, on a snowy Lambeau Field track no less, nine months ago in the Packers' 42-20 romp in the NFC divisional playoffs. Grant overcame two early fumbles to run for 201 yards and three touchdowns (both franchise postseason records). He averaged 7.4 yards per carry. The Seahawks haven't improved any since that game in stopping the run. The New York Giants steamrollered them last Sunday for 254 rushing yards.

Seahawks offensive line vs. Packers defensive line
Green Bay's injury-riddled line has been overmatched and pushed around early in the season.

The Packers can't stop the run, and they haven't had an effective pass rush the last 2 1/2 games. The matchup doesn't favor Green Bay in trying to put pressure on Matt Hasselbeck as it goes against the hefty likes of Seattle left tackle Walter Jones and right guard Floyd Womack. What's more, the addition of former Packers run-blocking stalwart Mike Wahle at left guard gives the Seahawks the edge in piling up yards for the trio of Julius Jones, Maurice Morris and T.J. Duckett.

Seahawks secondary vs. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
Seattle is giving up 237 passing yards per game and has been susceptible to the big play. Rodgers has a 95.5 passer rating and has thrown nine touchdowns with just four interceptions.

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck vs. Packers secondary
Hasselbeck has a career-low passer rating of 57.7 and a career-low completion percentage of 49.2 percent. He'll face a Green Bay secondary that has nine interceptions through five games, including three apiece by Charles Woodson and Nick Collins.

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