Kickoff: Sunday, Noon CT
Television: ESPN – Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers
Series: 10th regular season meeting. Packers lead series 6-3. In the last meeting, the Packers defeated the Panthers 31-17 in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated.
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Panthers will take a long look at how the Saints torched the Packers for 318 passing yards Monday night, but Carolina will still base its offense on its sixth-ranked ground game. Green Bay is tied for the NFC lead with 17 interceptions, while Carolina QB Jake Delhomme will throw a few passes per game into coverage. On the other hand, the Packers are giving up 142.9 rushing yards per game and will have a difficult time with the Panthers' tandem of RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. ... In what figures to be a back-and-forth game, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has to remain patient. When the team fell behind in New Orleans on Monday, Rodgers started forcing passes and Green Bay was quickly in a hole it couldn't dig out of. Look for RB Ryan Grant early on as the Packers ease into the game. The Panthers are middle-of-the-pack against the run, allowing 109.9 yards per game, but their linebackers can get sucked into over-pursuing and lose gap integrity at times.
Packers: SS Atari Bigby (ankle) and FS Nick Collins (bruised knee) should play; WR Greg Jennings (rib) has been limited in practice but will play; RT Mark Tauscher (hamstring) was re-evaluated Friday.
Panthers: LB Adam Seward (ankle) is questionable.
Williams is averaging 116.8 rushing yards in his past four games. ... Rodgers has a 101.8 passer rating with seven touchdowns and two interceptions at home.
RB Brandon Jackson
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Packers: S Aaron Rouse was limited in practice for the second straight day as he recovers from an ankle injury sustained late in the game Monday as a replacement for Bigby. ... DT Johnny Jolly had limited participation for the second consecutive day as he tries to shake off an ankle injury that he suffered late in the game Monday. ... RB Brandon Jackson has made improvement with an ankle injury he sustained in the last game. ... WR James Jones made it through a full practice for the second straight day and apparently will be good to return to game action this weekend. ... RB DeShawn Wynn has yet to practice this week because of a calf injury that had the No. 3 halfback deactivated Monday. ... DE Jeremy Thompson has practiced in full the last two days, so the rookie is a good bet to be activated Sunday after being held out Monday because of a groin injury. ... CB Jarrett Bush was a full participant Thursday, a day after being limited because of a lingering ankle injury. ... S Charlie Peprah was cleared for limited work Thursday. ... TE Tory Humphrey hasn't done much in practice this week after suffering an ankle injury Monday.
Panthers: Delhomme completed 17 of 24 passes for 206 yards and two scores against Green Bay the last time he faced them. ... Williams is looking for his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game. ... The Panthers allowed five rushing touchdowns last week against Atlanta, matching their entire season total. ... CB Richard Marshall struggled in coverage last week against Atlanta and remains the team's No. 3 corner. ... WR Steve Smith hopes to find the end zone for the first time in four weeks.
Packers 27, Panthers 24.
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