Green Bay RB Ahman Green vs. Washington linebackers
The Packers run many of the same inside running plays that Joe Gibbs made famous, and do so often with just one runner -- Ahman Green -- in the backfield. Green Bay gets big gains off the counter trey and Green ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing, combining breakaway speed with tackle-breaking power. The only other time Washington faced a Pro Bowl runner this season, Baltimore's Jamal Lewis dominated the second half in the Ravens' comeback win. Strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington likely will face his toughest challenge of the season with Green Bay adept at passing and running. Green is prone to fumbles, however, and the Redskins have worked on strip drills.
Washington WR Laveranues Coles vs. Green Bay secondary
The Packers traded standout cornerback Mike McKenzie, and now two more top defensive backs -- strong safety Darren Sharper and cornerback Al Harris -- are nursing injuries and may have their playing time limited. If so, that would leave the right side of the secondary particularly vulnerable and allow Washington's coaches to get various matchups on that side of the field. Coles has been bothered by toe and finger injuries all season but should be feeling better coming off the bye week and the Redskins desperately need a deep threat with their passing game reduced to bootlegs and short patterns. It is hard to imagine the Redskins winning with the same inept passing attack they have had the last two games, and Coles is their primary asset at the receiver position.