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Packers-Dolphins matchup of the day: Tuesday

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By Dan Arkush

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Green Bay’s Week Six game against the Dolphins at Lambeau Field.

Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall vs. Packers CB Charles Woodson

This is a match made in heaven between two players who are considered among the best at their positions, although Woodson has been a bit sporadic through five games. Marshall had a big game in Week Three against the Jets matched up opposite CB Antonio Cromartie, who played well in this week’s Monday nighter against the Vikings. Cromartie had major problems covering Marshall, though, allowing him to catch 10 passes for 166 yards and a TD. Marshall wasn’t that big a factor the next week against New England, catching five passes for 50 yards, in Miami’s Monday-night loss to the Pats. But look for him to be refreshed and ready to give his best coming off a well-timed bye week.

Woodson has had some issues this season and is actually being outperformed by Tramon Williams on the right corner. But he remains a top-grade corner with a big-play fair. When matched up against the Lions’ Calvin Johnson in Week Four, Woodson redeemed himself with a brilliant second-half effort after allowing Johnson to get the best of him in the first 30 minutes. Against the Redskins, though, he looked vulnerable and a bit stiff and also got called for three penalties. It will be interesting to see if Miami opts to test Woodson early with some downfield throws to Marshall, and, if so, how Woodson reacts to that challenge.

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