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Packers-Redskins matchup of the day: Tuesday

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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 Five battle with the Redskins.

Redskins running backs vs. Packers run defense

The Packers would be wise to avoid thinking they would be catching a break if RB Clinton Portis does not play for the Redskins because of the groin injury he suffered last Sunday against the Eagles, which is expected to be the case. In Portis' place, Ryan Torain picked up the slack very effectively last Sunday, finishing the day with 18 carries for 70 yards and one touchdown. Torain does not have Portis' explosiveness, but he has good size (6-1, 225) and cutting ability and is quite capable of posing problems for Green Bay's run defenders.

After finishing last season with the league's top-ranked run defense, the Packers have not been nearly as good so far this season, ranking 24th in rushing yards allowed and 31st in average gain per rush (5.2) through four games. The Lions outrushed the Packers' 123-92 in Week Four, although it should be noted that QB Shaun Hill scrambled for 53 of those yards, including a long gain of 40 yards.

With Packers LBs A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett (combined 22 tackles vs. Detroit) leading the charge, Green Bay could be hard-pressed to keep Eagles QB Donovan McNabb from doing similar damage on the ground (five carries for 39 yards vs. Philadelphia, with a long gain of 18).

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