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Vikings-Packers matchup of the day: Wednesday

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By Eric Edholm

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Green Bay's Week Seven game against Minnesota at Lambeau Field:

Vikings slot WR Percy Harvin vs. Packers CB Charles Woodson

Although the two players might not be matched up, head to head, for the entire contest, it will be a battle if and when they lock horns. With the arrival of Randy Moss, Harvin has been allowed to play more in the slot, where he was a demon as a rookie. And Woodson will come inside and cover the slot in nickel situations at times.

Harvin has started to heat up. He has been the Vikings' best player (on special teams, too) the past two weeks and is feeding off Moss' presence. Harvin's migraines and hip are yesterday's talk as he looks more fluid in and out of his breaks and confident to get open almost any time he runs a pattern. The Vikings have started using him in different spots more now: at flanker, split end, in the slot, in motion and in the backfield.

Woodson likely won't shadow Harvin, but he will see him at times, with Tramon Williams and safety help likely to double-cover Moss outside. Last week was a strange sight, watching Woodson lose his footing more than once, but he has been battling a toe injury in what hasn't been his best season. Penalties also have been a problem for him at times, so even if Harvin isn't catching the ball he might be able to draw a big-yardage interference call or two. Harvin's quickness could give him trouble, but Woodson has great strength, change-of-direction skills and instincts.

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