Sunday's preview: Packers at Jaguars

Green Bay (5-8) visits Jacksonville (4-9) in a battle between two of the NFL's big disappointments. We have everything you need to know before kickoff.

Who: Green Bay Packers (5-8) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9).

When: Sunday, noon (Central).

TV: Fox (Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli, Charissa Thompson).

Series: Fourth regular-season meeting. Packers lead 2-1. The only win by Jacksonville came in the teams' last meeting, 28-25 at Green Bay in 2004. The Packers are 2-0 at Jacksonville, winning 24-14 in 1995 and 28-21 in 2001.

Keys to the game
The Jaguars have an aging veteran (Brian Williams), a disappointing free agent (Drayton Florence) and a rookie (Brian Witherspoon) occupying their top three cornerback spots, so they certainly need their inconsistent pass rush to step up. If not, Green Bay's deep group of receivers will have a field day as the Packers are likely to spread the field with a lot of three- and four-receiver sets. Jacksonville will no doubt try to exploit RT Tony Moll replacing injured Mark Tauscher. ... The Jaguars' pedestrian receiving corps is even thinner following the suspension of WR Matt Jones, who has 15 more receptions than anyone on the team. Packers CB Tramon Williams gave up a few big plays against Houston last week, but Jaguars QB David Garrard may not have the downfield weapons to test him much. Green Bay's weakness remains its run defense allowing 141.6 yards per game, and RB Maurice Jones-Drew will make his second career start with Fred Taylor injured.

Key injuries: Packers — DT Justin Harrell (hip) is uncertain; SS Atari Bigby (shoulder) and Tauscher (knee) are out. Jaguars — Taylor (thumb) is out for the season; WR Jerry Porter (groin) is not expected to play.

Fast facts: The Packers are 0-5 in games decided by four points or less. ... The Jaguars are 10-1 at home against the NFC under coach Jack Del Rio.

Inside the Jaguars

Fred Taylor's season is over, but he insists his career isn't.

Taylor went on the injured reserve list Thursday with torn ligaments in his left thumb and will miss the last three games of the season.

The Jaguars tried to put a splint and/or a cast on the hand, but he wasn't able to hold the ball easily and the doctors feared he would aggravate the injury.

He's awaiting a second opinion to determine whether he'll need surgery.

But he says he'll definitely be back next year. Whether he'll remain with the Jaguars depends on the contract negotiations in the offseason.

He recalls when Jerome Bettis took a pay cut with the Steelers in 2005 and then won a Super Bowl ring and retired.

"I remember it vividly," he said with a smile.

Bettis took a cut from $4.484 million to $1.5 million, then rushed for 368 yards in his final season as a part-time player.

But Taylor is due to make $6 million next year and he's not talking about that kind of a pay cut.

"I don't think his number was six million that year. I mean, I want to win a championship before I shut it all down. It would be perfect to do what he did. But the three number, that's kind of low," he said.

So ,Taylor obviously isn't keen on a 50 percent pay cut from $6 million to $3 million. Whether the two sides can agree on a one-third pay cut from $6 million to $4 million remains to be seen.

That Taylor is such a popular player is likely to be a factor in the talks. The Jaguars are likely to have problems selling tickets after having a losing season and it certainly wouldn't be a popular move to push Taylor out the door.

"Granted, the organization has to do what is best for them. I am an investment and I have to do what is best for myself and what is best for the organization. So, we'll try to come to a conclusion with the financial part of it, and how we're going to handle my entire situation," he said.

Besides winning a Super Bowl ring, he said his other goal is to pass Jim Brown in rushing yardage. He's 6th with 11,271 yards and Brown is ninth with 12,312 yards.

To replace Taylor on the roster, they signed former Jaguar Alvin Pearman, who was traded to Seattle last year and then tore his ACL.

Game plan
With the Jaguars eliminated from playoff contention and the Packers on life support for the postseason, neither team has the incentive to win at all costs. Still, the talk out of Green Bay, from players and coaches alike, is they're treating this as a must-have-victory game, if no other reason to give them something good to feel about with a three-game losing streak hanging over them and a 1-5 tailspin since the bye week.

Although both teams have been decimated by injuries, the Packers seemingly are in better shape going into this game. They will catch Jacksonville without top receiver Matt Jones after he was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the season, possibly without injured No. 2 wideout Jerry Porter and without Taylor.

With not much else to speak of on the Jaguars' offensive side — although 6-foot-4 receiver Reggie Williams and 6-6 tight end Marcedes Lewis could pose matchup problems in coverage — the Packers can devote most of their defensive efforts on containing running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Green Bay hasn't played the run well all season, but the slippery Jones-Drew might be able to better exploit a suddenly pass-challenged defense on screens and checkdowns from David Garrard.

The Jaguars have been defending the pass better than the run, though they're not great at either. Yet, the season-ending loss of top cornerback Rashean Mathis to a knee injury two games ago will give Packers coach Mike McCarthy plenty of reason to spread things out with three-, four- and five-receiver formations and let Aaron Rodgers move the chains in a controlled passing attack. Getting Ryan Grant at least 20 carries for the first time in four games also figures to be on the to-do list.

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