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By Dan Arkush

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Green Bay's Week Five game in Washington against the Redskins.

Packers C Scott Wells vs. Redskins NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu and DT Albert Haynesworth

The short-armed but rock-solid Wells, who is off to a strong start that could make him worthy of a trip to Honolulu, will be forced to pick his poison between Kemoeatu and Haynewsorth, whose combined weight adds up to nearly 700 pounds. The 6-5, 350-pound Kemoeatu, who is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury, is the starting nose tackle in Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's base 3-4 scheme. When he's healthy, the ex-Panther is a two-gap load with a work ethic similar to that of the 6-2, 300-pound Wells.

As for the 6-5½, 335-pound Haynesworth, who publicly demanded to be traded before the season, the concerns about his work ethic have been well-documented. When he wants to play, which was definitely the case last week in the Redskins' upset victory over Philadelphia, Haynesworth is arguably the most dominant DT in the league. But it has become a huge guessing game week to week as to whether or not he'll be willing to give his all matched up against Wells, who goes all out on every play and seldom makes mistakes.

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