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By Dan Arkush

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

Packers RBs Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn vs. Dolphins LB corps

With the Packers' passing game weakened by the absence of primary receiving weapon Jermichael Finley, who might not be back this season after suffering a knee injury early in the team's Week Five loss to the Redskins, the team certainly wouldn't mind it if Jackson and, to a lesser extent, Kuhn pick up where they left off against the Redskins.

In 13 carries combined, Jackson and Kuhn gained 127 yards, good for an eye-popping 9.8 yards per carry. Jackson, in particular, ran like he was possessed in Week Five, showing a very impressive burst on his 71-yard jaunt that set up the Packers' first score against the Redskins. With Finley out of the mix, it's quite possible the Packers will count more on their ground game to do some damage against a Dolphins defense ranked seventh in total yards allowed but only 21st in rushing yards allowed.

The Dolphins' run defense, however, could be bolstered by the return of LILB Channing Chowder, who is expected to make his 2010 debut after being out with a groin injury. Chowder plays with a real attitude and is a big-time hitter, but he can be exposed in coverage. But both he and rangy RILB Karlos Dansby, who up to now has earned every penny of the hefty free-agent contract he received from the Dolphins this offseason, could pose a real challenge for the Packers' backs.

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