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Packers-Lions matchup of the day: Thursday

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Green Bay's Week Four battle with the division-rival Lions:

Packers WRs Greg Jennings and Donald Driver vs. Lions CBs Chris Houston and Jonathan Wade

Jennings and Driver have a clear advantage in this matchup. Driver, in particular, had his way with the Lions' secondary in the two games against Detroit last year, with seven catches for 107 yards in the 26-0 victory in Week Six and seven catches for 142 yards and a TD in the 34-12 rout in Week 12. It would not be a shock if Jennings, who had much more pedestrian numbers against the Lions last season (6-64 in the first game; 4-53 in the second game), is the Packers' receiving centerpiece at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Neither Houston, a former starter for the Falcons, nor Wade, a former nickel back with the Rams who struggled to get his hands on passes, was with the Lions last season, and they don't appear to be much of an upgrade over the Lions' very shaky starting CB corps last year. Houston has decent speed but lacks physicality. Wade is also very fast and a lot more willing to mix it up than Houston, but both Jennings and Driver are liable to make him look silly in man coverage.

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