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Game Scout - Week 4
September 29, 2006

Arizona Cardinals (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-1)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger
SERIES: 23rd meeting. The Arizona Cardinals hold a 13-9 edge in the series over the Atlanta Falcons, however the Cardinals have dropped three straight, having been crushed in 1999 and 2001 by nearly identical scores of 37-14 and 34-14 before giving away a turnover-filled 6-3 decision in Atlanta two years ago in their last meeting. The most memorable game in the series from the Cardinals' perspective was a wild 40-37 win on Nov. 26, 1995 at Sun Devil Stadium.
2006 RANKINGS: Cardinals: offense 15th (22nd rush, 9th pass); defense 26th (18th rush, 28th pass). Falcons: offense 12th (1st rush, 31st pass); defense 14th (8th rush, 17th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The heat is on Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, who almost lost his job this week to rookie Matt Leinart after a three-interception performance against St. Louis. Coach Dennis Green didn't want Leinart to make his first start in a tough road environment, but Warner must protect the ball better. Arizona's offensive line, which has started 11 different combinations since the start of the 2005 season, can't hold protection for long. RB Edgerrin James said this week that he needs the ball more, and likely will have his wish granted as the Cardinals attempt to control the clock more on the road. The Falcons lead the league in rushing and RB Warrick Dun is off to a great start, but look for QB Michael Vick to try to soften the run defense by attacking the Cardinals' 28th-ranked pass defense with a few deep shots to WRs Ashley Lelie and Michael Jenkins.

FAST FACTS: Cardinals: WR Larry Fitzgerald has 42 catches for 591 yards and four touchdowns in his past six road games. ... Warner is 6-0 as a starter against Atlanta. Falcons: Are 13-2 (.867) when Vick has at least 65 rushing yards. ... Dunn's 310 rushing yards marks his best three games to open a season.

Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (0-3)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
SERIES: 12th meeting. Cowboys lead series 6-5. Dallas won the last meeting, 21-13 in Texas on Sept. 15, 2002. Linebacker Dexter Coakley turned the game with a 52-yard return of an interception thrown by Steve McNair.
2006 RANKINGS: Cowboys: offense 9th (16th rush, 10th pass); defense 6th (9th rush, 13th pass). Titans: offense 24th (28th rush, 13th pass); defense 29th (30th rush, 21st pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Titans' best hope is for the latest Terrell Owens saga to distract the Cowboys enough to keep Tennessee in the game. The Titans are averaging a league-low 23:58 in time of possession, leaving their young and overmatched defense on the field far too long. Tennessee needs to keep the game close so RBs Chris Brown and Travis Henry remain a factor. And with the offensive line likely to be without two injured starters, QB Kerry Collins needs to connect more with TE Ben Troupe, an athletic big man who has just three receptions. Dallas' main priority is to come out focused and avoid mistakes that give the Titans confidence they have a chance. Whether or not Owens plays, the Titans' vulnerable secondary will have trouble with Tennessee's safeties forced to respect Dallas' running game.

FAST FACTS: Cowboys: Have won six of the past eight games in which RB Julius Jones has averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry. ... QB Drew Bledsoe is tied with Boomer Esiason (247) for 11th place on the all-time TD passes list. Titans: QB Kerry Collins is 9-3 in his career against Dallas. ... Have lost 19 consecutive games when trailing by at least 10 points at any point.

Indianapolis Colts (3-0) at New York Jets (2-1)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
SERIES: 65th meeting. Colts lead series, 39-25. The teams haven't met since 2003, when Peyton Manning passed for 401 yards in a 38-31 Indianapolis victory in the RCA Dome. The last meeting in East Rutherford was the Jets' 41-0 win in an AFC wild-card playoff game on Jan. 4, 2003.
2006 RANKINGS: Colts: offense 5th (24th rush, 2nd pass); defense 22nd (28th rush, 10th pass). Jets: offense 13th (27th rush, 7th pass); defense 30th (25th rush, 27th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Neither offense has been able to muster much of a running game this season. The Jets are likely to increase rookie RB Leon Washington's involvement in the game plan, but a young offensive line will be tested by the Colts. Indianapolis hasn't been generating many sacks -- DE Dwight Freeney has none this season -- but is still able to apply pressure and needs to get after QB Chad Pennington before he is able to fire down field, where the Jets' receivers have a significant height advantage. Despite the struggles of Colts RBs Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai (combined average of 79 rushing yards per game), defenses have focused on stopping the run and left QB Peyton Manning to rack up big passing numbers. However, he could be without a key weapon if WR Reggie Wayne doesn't play following the death of his brother in a traffic accident last Sunday.

FAST FACTS: Colts: Seek eighth 4-0 start in franchise history. ... Play the Jets and Giants in the same season for the first time since 1999. Jets: Coach Eric Mangini was 7-2 against Manning as a member of New England's coaching staff. ... Pennington has a 152.9 passer rating in two career starts against the Colts.

Miami Dolphins (1-2) at Houston Texans (0-3)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker
SERIES: 2nd meeting. Houston Texans lead 1-0. The Texans won their only meeting when they met for the season opener in 2003. The Texans trailed 14-6 at the half, but used 219 total yards in the second half and a Kris Brown 35-yard field goal with seconds remaining to pull off the 21-20 upset. It was the first time in 11 years the Dolphins lost a season opener.
2006 RANKINGS: Dolphins: offense 26th (20th rush, 24th pass); defense 7th (17th rush, 8th pass). Texans: offense 29th (25th rush, 23rd pass); defense 32nd (29th rush, 32nd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Dolphins kick off a key three-game road trip still waiting for QB Daunte Culpepper to show his pre-injury form. In the meantime, coach Nick Saban has expressed a desire to ride RB Ronnie Brown and control the game on the ground. The Texans would appear to be a secondary for Culpepper to get healthy against, and Houston desperately needs No. 1 overall pick DE Mario Williams to show improvement and lead a better pass rush to help out the cover men. Texans QB David Carr has a 113.6 passer rating, but coach Gary Kubiak is still challenging him to eliminate his few poor decisions per game and become the unit's leader. Kubiak has also stressed the need for a good start so RBs Ron Dayne and Samkon Gado can each receive significant carries and be evaluated in the same game.

FAST FACTS: Dolphins: WR Chris Chambers has three receptions for 22 yards in the first halves of games this season and 10 for 131 in the second halves. ... WR Wes Welker leads the team with 14 catches for 167 yards and leads the AFC with a 14.7 punt return average. Texans: WR Eric Moulds has 11 touchdown catches in 20 career games against Miami. ... Carr's 113.6 passer rating and 72.0 completion percentage lead the NFL.

Minnesota Vikings (2-1) at Buffalo Bills (1-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: AstroPlay
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Terry Donahue
SERIES: 11th meeting. The Vikings lead the series 7-3. The Vikings will be making their first trip to Buffalo since Aug. 31, 1997, when they opened the season with a 34-13 victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Vikings are 4-2 in Buffalo and 3-1 against the Bills in Minnesota. The Vikings have won in their last two trips to Buffalo, beating the Bills in 1994 (21-17) and 1997.

2006 RANKINGS: Vikings: offense 18th (18th rush, 15th pass); defense 12th (10th rush, 15th pass). Bills: offense 22nd (9th rush, 29th pass); defense 11th (21st rush, 7th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Both offenses rely heavily on their ground games. The good news for the Vikings is their defense is far better at stopping the run than the Bills', thanks in large part to former Buffalo DT Pat Williams. The bad news for the Vikings is while new RB Chester Taylor has been solid, the offense hasn't scored a touchdown in more than nine quarters. QB Brad Johnson is protecting the ball well, but hasn't been taking shots in the end zone and has only found TE Jermaine Wiggins three times in the past two games. Meanwhile, Bills QB J.P. Losman isn't shy about pushing the ball down field, but he needs to avoid costly mistakes like the two fumbles he had while being sacked last Sunday.

FAST FACTS: Vikings: CB Antoine Winfield was a first-round pick of the Bills in 1999. ... Williams played the first eight seasons of his career with Buffalo (1997-2004). ... K Ryan Longwell has two game-winning kicks this season and 10 in his career. Bills: RB Willis McGahee leads the NFL with 311 rushing yards. ... The Bills have lost four of the past five games in which McGahee has rushed for at least 100 yards.

New Orleans Saints (3-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
SERIES: 23rd meeting. The series is tied, 11-11, after the teams split their games a year ago. In their last matchup, the Panthers won 27-10 in a game played in Baton Rouge, La., on Dec. 18, 2005.
2006 RANKINGS: Saints: offense 10th (12th rush, 11th pass); defense 5th (12th rush, 9th pass). Panthers: offense 28th (21st rush, 22nd pass); defense 17th (27th rush, 7th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Panthers need DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu to step up and be the run-stopper they envisioned when they signed him over the offseason. It hasn't happened yet, and the Saints will attempt to loosen up the Carolina defense with the combination of RBs Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush. The Saints' biggest concern might be getting back up for a divisional road game just six days after their emotional return to the Superdome. If it's not that, it's Panthers WR Steve Smith. He played 52 snaps in his first regular-season action last Sunday, and is expected to increase his workload this week. Carolina's running game has been inconsistent, and with New Orleans allowing just 88.3 rushing yards per game, the Saints will attempt to stuff RB DeShaun Foster and turn the Panthers' offense into a one-dimensional attack.

FAST FACTS: Saints: Seek first 4-0 start since 1993. ... Seek third straight win in Carolina. Panthers: QB Jake Delhomme spent his first five season with New Orleans (1998-2002). ... Smith needs 129 receiving yards to join Muhsin Muhammad (7,751) as only players in franchise history with 4,000.

San Diego Chargers (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (3-0)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Sportexe Momentum
TV: CBS, Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
SERIES: 5th meeting. The San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens are tied, with two wins each. But Baltimore has won the last two meetings, 24-3 in Baltimore in 2000 and 24-10 in San Diego in 2003. The Chargers have never defeated the Ravens as a visiting team. The Chargers are looking for their fourth straight win and fifth in the last seven games following their bye week.
2006 RANKINGS: Chargers: offense 3rd (2nd rush, 28th pass); defense 1st (4th rush, 1st pass). Ravens: offense 23rd (17th rush, 25th pass); defense 2nd (1st rush, 4th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Who has more to prove? Chargers QB Philip Rivers makes just his second career road start, but the Ravens' three victories have come against teams with a combined 0-8 record. Field position will be at a premium with the league's top two defenses squaring off. Ravens QB Steve McNair has been up and down while learning a new offense, but expect him to take several shots downfield with the Chargers minus SS Terrence Kiel, who was arrested on felony drug charges Tuesday. That's also pending having enough time to throw, as San Diego still wants to get an early lead and put the game on the shoulders of its aggressive front seven. The Chargers will be at a big disadvantage if they need to rely on Rivers to win the game while coming from behind.

FAST FACTS: Chargers: With win, coach Marty Schottenheimer will pass Chuck Knox (193) for seventh on the all-time list. ... Have not allowed a sack this season. Ravens: Seek sixth consecutive home win -- franchise record is eight. ... Defense's 16 sacks is a franchise record over a three-game span.

San Francisco 49ers (1-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Chris Myers, JC Pearson, Jay Glazer
SERIES: 10th meeting. The 49ers lead the series 6-3. The 49ers have won the past two meetings since 2000. The last time the teams met in Kansas City, the 49ers lost 44-9 in 1997.
2006 RANKINGS: 49ers: offense 4th (11th rush, 6th pass); defense 25th (22nd rush, 24th pass). Chiefs: offense 27th (5th rush, 30th pass); defense 8th (24th rush, 3rd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: With QB Damon Huard making his second start in place of injured Trent Green, the Chiefs will pound away with RB Larry Johnson until a 49ers front seven that lacks bulk proves it can stop him. The Chiefs do need Huard to take a few shots down field to soften the defense, but how aggressive they are could depend on if LT Kyle Turley is able to play. Kansas City will have to put some points on the board, however, because the 49ers suddenly have a balanced offense featuring playmakers in RB Frank Gore and WR Antonio Bryant. Gore's drawback has been fumbles in each of the first three games, and rookie Michael Robinson likely will take more short-yardage snaps. QB Alex Smith is showing a lot of poise, but the Chiefs still want to test his mettle by getting an early lead and forcing him to win the game while having limited weapons outside of Bryant.

FAST FACTS: 49ers: Smith has thrown 108 passes without an interception this season and has a streak of 132 overall. He needs only 61 passing yards to equal his rookie total of 875. Chiefs: Huard is 5-2 in his career as a starter. ... Johnson has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of eight career starts at home. ... TE Tony Gonzalez needs three catches to pass Ozzie Newsome (662) for second-most all-time among tight ends.

Detroit Lions (0-3) at St. Louis Rams (2-1)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan
SERIES: 79th game in a series that has covered the Rams' moves from Cleveland to Los Angeles to St. Louis, with the Rams holding a 40-37-1 lead. The Lions are 2-1 against the Rams since they moved to St. Louis in 1995 but all three of those games have been played in Detroit. The game Sunday will be the Lions' first in the Edward Jones Dome.
2006 RANKINGS: Lions: offense 21st (29th rush, 8th pass); defense 24th (6th rush, 29th pass). Rams: offense 19th (19th rush, 14th pass); defense 18th (23rd rush, 14th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz returns to St. Louis for the first time hoping his new offense can begin to gel. He needs to fight the urge to get pass-happy, which was often the case last year with the Rams. RB Kevin Jones was productive last weekend, and the Lions need to build off that against a St. Louis run defense allowing 129.7 yards per game. Detroit QB Jon Kitna has been sacked 12 times, and the best remedy is a running game defenses must respect. The Rams' offense hasn't been potent, but QB Marc Bulger is doing an excellent job of protecting the ball while getting comfortable in coach Scott Linehan's system. The Lions have struggled to pressure the passer the last two games, so Bulger might open things up more this week. But the Lions have won only five road games in the past five years, so the Rams don't want to do them any favors.

FAST FACTS: Lions: Jones' last 100-yard rushing game came in Week 15 of his rookie season in 2004. ... Rookie LB Ernie Sims has led the team in tackling in every game this season. Rams: Bulger has thrown 114 passes since his last interception on Nov. 13 last season. ... Bulger's 21-4 record at home is tied for third-best all-time for first 25 home starts in a career.

Cleveland Browns (0-3) at Oakland Raiders (0-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots
SERIES: 16th meeting. The Raiders lead, 9-6. After losing eight straight to the Raiders from 1974 to 1986 the Browns have won five of the last six, including 2005 when they beat the Raiders 9-7 in Oakland.
2006 RANKINGS: Browns: offense 30th (31st rush, 17th pass); defense 28th (25th rush, 25th pass). Raiders: offense 32nd (29th rush, 32nd pass); defense 10th (31st rush, 2nd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: Raiders QB Andrew Walter makes his first career start, and to have a fighting chance he needs the woeful offensive line to show improvement following two weeks of work during the team's bye. The Raiders also need a receiver to step up opposite Randy Moss, whose long reception for the season is only 20 yards while facing constant double teams. Oakland will also pound RB LaMont Jordan between the tackles in hopes of setting up the play-action pass. Cleveland has had its own issues protecting QB Charlie Frye, who needs to do his part by getting rid of the ball quicker. RB Reuben Droughns expects to play, and forcing the Raiders to respect the run is critical. WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow have shown big-play ability in recent games, but they can be neutralized if Oakland is able to abuse Cleveland's offensive line and get to Frye.

FAST FACTS: Browns: Edwards has two consecutive 100-yard receiving games. ... Frye is on pace to be sacked 64 times. Raiders: Of Jordan's 29 carries, 12 have been for two yards or less. ... Moss needs two touchdowns for 100 in his career.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) at Washington Redskins (1-2)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Dick Enberg, Randy Cross
SERIES: 4th meeting. Redskins lead the series, 2-1 but lost the last meeting in Jacksonville in 2002, 26-7. The Jaguars only game in Washington was in 1997 when they won, 24-12. Both coaches will be coaching against their opponent for the first time as a head coach. The Jaguars weren't in the league during Gibbs' first tenure and Del Rio didn't become the Jaguars coach until 2003.
2006 RANKINGS: Jaguars: offense 16th (8th rush, 19th pass); defense 3rd (3rd rush, 12th pass). Redskins: offense 11th (4th rush, 20th pass); defense 15th (15th rush, 20th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Redskins are looking for more big plays out of their defense, which has produced just one interception and three sacks. The Jaguars will counter by pounding away on the ground after RBs Fred Taylor and rookie Maurice Drew combined for 177 yards on 34 carries (5.2 yards per carry) in Indianapolis. Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich will be playing his first NFL game in his hometown and can have success using Taylor to set up shots to his tall receivers down field. The Redskins had success last Sunday by playing ball-control offense led by RB Clinton Portis and the short passing game with QB Mark Brunell, who completed 22 consecutive passes. Brunell is playing his first game against his former team, but a bigger concern is his decreasing mobility against a very fast and aggressive Jaguars defense.

New England Patriots (2-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Synthetic
TV: CBS, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
SERIES: 20th meeting -- The New England Patriots lead the Cincinnati Bengals 11-8. Cincinnati is 6-4 as the home team. The most recent meeting with a 35-28 New England victory at Gillette Stadium in December 2004. The Bengals won 23-17 in Cincinnati in the 2001 opener. The first game of the series was played at Boston's Fenway Park, with the Boston Patriots winning 33-14 against the expansion Bengals in 1968. Bill Belichick is 10-3 career against the Bengals. Marvin Lewis is 0-1 against New England.
2006 RANKINGS: Patriots: offense 8th (7th rush, 12th pass); defense 20th (16th rush, 23rd pass). Bengals: offense 17th (10th rush, 16th pass); defense 16th (20th rush, 16th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Bengals know they'll have to fix a leaky run defense that allowed 170 yards against Pittsburgh last weekend. Patriots QB Tom Brady is off to a rough start while trying to build chemistry with a revamped receiving corps, and New England is relying heavily on the tandem of RBs Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney. The Patriots need to run the ball and utilize the short passing game to control the clock and protect their defense from the Bengals' high-powered offense. New England had coverage breakdowns against Denver, and Cincinnati has a far more potent passing attack. The Bengals will move the ball, but the key will be their productivity inside the red zone, where they have scored seven touchdowns in 11 trips (63.6 percent)

FAST FACTS: Patriots: Rookie K Stephen Gostkowski has had his last two field-goal attempts blocked. ... Have not lost back-to-back games since December 2002, a span of 52 consecutive regular season games that ranks third since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Bengals: QB Carson Palmer has 56 TD passes in 31 games, making him the third-fastest to reach 55 (Kurt Warner, 22; Dan Marino, 24). ... Are 20-1 under coach Marvin Lewis when having a positive turnover ratio.

Seattle Seahawks (3-0) at Chicago Bears (3-0)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 8:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: NBC, Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer
SERIES: Seattle leads the series, 6-2. That includes victories in 2003 and 1999, the last meeting between the teams at Soldier Field. Seattle won that game on Glenn Foley's 49-yard scoring pass to Fabien Bownes. The team is a little stronger this time with Matt Hasselbeck throwing passes to Darrell Jackson and Deion Branch.
2006 RANKINGS: Seahawks: offense 20th (14th rush, 17th pass); defense 9th (2nd rush, 22nd pass). Bears: offense 6th (23rd rush, 5th pass); defense 4th (7th rush, 11th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: With WR Deion Branch in his third week with the team and RB Shaun Alexander out with a broken foot, the Seahawks are expected to use more of the four-receiver sets they debuted against the Giants last Sunday. Seattle is banking on short drops and quick passes from QB Matt Hasselbeck, who will be playing behind an offensive line starting two backup guards. RB Maurice Morris gets the start in place of Alexander, with FB Mack Strong likely to get the majority of short-yardage carries. The Bears' offense is still trying to get its running game up to speed, but QB Rex Grossman has been able to make teams pay when over-playing the run and leads the NFL with an average 8.82 yards per pass attempt. But the Seahawks have three fast linebackers who rush the passer very well and have prevented quarterbacks from targeting their mediocre secondary.

FAST FACTS: Seahawks: QB Matt Hasselbeck has an 8-1 record as a starter when he is not sacked. ... Alexander will miss his first career NFL game. Bears: Grossman is averaging 276 passing yards per game after averaging 125 last season. ... Seek first 4-0 start since 1991.

Green Bay Packers (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/02/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: ESPN, Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya
SERIES: 37th meeting. The Packers lead the series 22-14 but have lost four straight dating to the 2003 season. The interdivisional teams are playing in Philadelphia for the fourth consecutive season, an odd occurrence that started with the Eagles' fourth-and-26-inspired 20-17 overtime win in the 2003 NFC divisional playoffs. The Eagles also won the teams' other postseason meeting, 17-13 in the 1960 NFL Championship at Philadelphia.
2006 RANKINGS: Packers: offense 7th (26th rush, 4th pass); defense 31st (11th rush, 31st pass). Eagles: offense 1st (5th rush, 1st pass); defense 23rd (14th rush, 26th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Packers' secondary has been under attack all season, and can expect to see plenty of three- and four-receiver sets. The versatility of Eagles RB Brian Westbrook also makes him a threat to split out wide at any time, especially now that his knee appears to be healthier than it has been in several weeks. The Packers won't win a shootout, and need their running game to help control the time of possession and keep the defense off the field. The problem is Green Bay is averaging a paltry 3.2 yards per carry and the running backs fumbled twice last weekend. But if RB Ahman Green can provide a ground threat, QB Brett Favre will have better success attacking a secondary that had five players on the injury report at midweek and could start journeyman CB Joselio Hanson for a second consecutive game.

FAST FACTS: Packers: Favre has 10 touchdown passes of at least 75 yards, tying the NFL record shared by George Blanda, Ed Brown, Len Dawson, Sonny Jurgensen and Norm Snead. ... Favre is 0-6 in the state of Pennsylvania (0-5 in Philadelphia, 0-1 in Pittsburgh). Eagles: DE Trent Cole is tied for the league lead and has matched his rookie total with five sacks. ... FS Brian Dawkins has been part of 85 wins with the Eagles, tying the franchise record set by Chuck Bednarik.

   
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