Elite Quarterbacks Will Test DBs

The Packers face six of last year's 12 top-ranked quarterbacks, along with two games against Chicago's Jay Cutler, two games against Detroit's Matthew Stafford, one game against the Jets' Mark Sanchez and matchups against up-and-comers Kevin Kolb and Chad Henne.

Last year, the Green Bay Packers' undoing was against elite passing attacks, with Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner (playoffs) throwing 15 touchdown passes against no interceptions.

The Packers' secondary looks greatly improved with a healthy Pat Lee and an improved Brandon Underwood providing depth. It had better be, because Green Bay faces a gauntlet of above-average quarterbacks. The Packers face six of last year's 12 top-ranked quarterbacks.

Week 1: Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb

Kolb, who is entering his fourth season, replaces a legend in Philadelphia. Last year, he had a rating of 88.9 with four touchdowns and three interceptions. In two starts, he threw for 391 and 327 yards.

Week 2: Buffalo's Trent Edwards

Edwards is the favorite to win the job. He made 30 starts in his first three seasons, with 24 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

Week 3: Chicago's Jay Cutler

After throwing for 45 touchdowns and 32 interceptions in his first two seasons as a full-time starter, Cutler threw 27 touchdowns but was picked off 26 times in his first year with the Bears.

Week 4: Detroit's Matthew Stafford

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Stafford threw 13 touchdowns passes and 20 interceptions. He's got a much better supporting cast this year with Nate Burleson and Tony Scheffler.

Week 5: Washington's Donovan McNabb

Was 12th in passer rating (92.9) with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year but has a lesser supporting cast with the Redskins.

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Week 6: Miami's Chad Henne

Taken one pick after Brian Brohm in 2008, Henne had 12 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a rating of 75.2 in his first year as a starter. He gets a big boost with the addition of prolific receiver Brandon Marshall.

Week 7: Minnesota's Brett Favre

Coming off his best statistical season with a 107.2 rating and league-best touchdown-to-interception ratio of 33 to 7.

Week 8: N.Y. Jets' Mark Sanchez

Statistically, it was a bad year for last year's fifth overall pick, with a rating of 63.0 and 12 touchdowns against 20 interceptions. But he had four touchdowns and just two interceptions while guiding the Jets to the AFC title game.

Week 9: Dallas' Tony Romo

Ranked eighth in passer rating (97.6) with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. Dez Bryant adds a much-needed weapon to an offense that the Packers locked up in last year's game.

Week 10: Bye

Week 11: Minnesota's Brett Favre

In the two games last year, he threw seven touchdowns and no interceptions on 69.4 percent accuracy.

Week 12: Atlanta's Matt Ryan

Ryan took a step back last season (20th in rating, 22 TDs, 14 INTs) though the Falcons were hammered by injuries.

Week 13: San Francisco's Alex Smith

The No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft instead of Aaron Rodgers, Smith showed signs of becoming a quality signal-caller with 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 19th-ranked rating of 81.5.

Week 14: Detroit's Matthew Stafford

Injuries were a factor in both of his games against Green Bay last year. He missed the game at Lambeau and was hobbled in a four-interception performance at Ford Field.

Week 15: New England's Tom Brady

After missing most of 2008, Brady returned with a ninth-ranked rating of 96.2 with 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Week 16: N.Y. Giants' Eli Manning

Manning, who beat the Packers in the NFC title game three years ago, finished 11th in rating (93.1) with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Week 17: Chicago's Jay Cutler

In two games against Green Bay last year, Cutler threw three touchdowns and six interceptions.

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