Packers vs. Jaguars: Matchups to watch

The primary issue for Green Bay will be trying to handle diminutive running back Maurice Jones-Drew. See what else our insiders will be watching on Sunday.

Packers run defense vs. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-DrewGreen Bay's suddenly reeling defense is catching a break with starting back Fred Taylor being placed on injured reserve on Thursday because of torn thumb ligaments he sustained in Jacksonville's last game. Taylor shredded the Packers for 165 rushing yards in the teams' last meeting, a Jaguars win on a frigid December day in Green Bay in 2004. Still, contending with one half of Jacksonville's dynamic rushing duo will be a challenge for the Packers' run-deficient unit, which ranks 27th in the league in allowing an average of 141.6 yards per game. Green Bay was just run over for 120 yards by Houston Texans rookie Steve Slaton last Sunday. The productive Jones-Drew is of the same diminutive, yet speedy and powerful ilk.

Packers LG Daryn Colledge vs. Jaguars DT John HendersonIf Green Bay is going to be successful throwing the football and cranking out yards on the ground Sunday, it will have to keep the imposing and athletic Henderson from disrupting things up the middle. Colledge came under fire after allowing both sacks by the victorious Houston Texans against quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the last game, including a critical takedown in the pocket by blitzing linebacker DeMeco Ryans on a feeble blocking attempt by Colledge that took the Packers out of field-goal range with the score tied in the closing minutes. Green Bay will be giving a long look-see to Tony Moll as the fill-in at right tackle for an injured Mark Tauscher. Another poor performance by Colledge could lead to plugging in one of two young prospects — Allen Barbre and rookie Josh Sitton — to get a head start on next season.

Jaguars CBs Brian Williams and Drayton Florence vs. Packers WRs Greg Jennings and Donald DriverJennings has 66 catches and Driver has 57, and they could have a big day against the Jaguars' cornerbacks. Jacksonville's pass defense ranks a respectable 13th, but the Jaguars have allowed opposing quarterbacks to tally a passer rating of 90.0 (22nd) and their 20 touchdown passes allowed is tied for third-most.

Jaguars RT Tony Pashos vs. Packers LE Aaron KampmanKampman has 9.5 sacks and is likely to give Pashos a tough day. The Jaguars have allowed 36 sacks, which ranks 26th in the NFL. Kampman's sack total is tied for 11th in the league.

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