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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 Seven game against Minnesota at Lambeau Field.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson vs. Packers run defense

While more eyes will be riveted to Brett Favre in his old stomping grounds, Peterson is a good bet to be the Vikings' major offensive force matched up against the Packers' depleted front seven. Entering the game ranked second in the NFC in rushing behind the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw, Peterson is averaging 4.9 yards per carry with four TDs. He was held in check in the first Packers-Vikings game last year, but he made his presence felt in the second game, gaining 97 yards and scoring a TD on 25 carries.

After allowing the Miami RB duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to run for a combined 137 yards on 32 carries (4.3 ypc) last week, Green Bay's front seven will once again not be operating at full strength. While the Packers probably will get star OLB Clay Matthews back after a one-game hiatus, they will be without fellow LB Brady Poppinga, who made five tackles last week before injuring his knee late in the second quarter. Brown and Williams had a much easier time moving the chains after Poppinga left the game. The Packers could also again be without DE Ryan Pickett (ankle), who is normally one of the defense's primary run stoppers. ILBs Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk, who have played almost every snap the past few weeks, once again figure to be very busy trying to contain Peterson, a threat to explode for a score every time he touches the ball.

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