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Vikings-Packers matchup of the day: Friday

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By Eric Edholm

PFW's Eric Edholm examines a key matchup leading up to Sunday's Vikings-Packers game.

Vikings QB Brett Favre vs. Packers pass rush

Favre actually did a pretty good job last week against the Bears' pressure, moving around well in the pocket despite fairly consistent heat. Not bad for a 41-year-old QB who has two ankle injuries. But he was limited to 170 yards passing, in part because of the Vikings being shorthanded at receiver but also because the Bears' pressure caused some off-target throws. Favre also stepped up in the pocket and was forced to fumble, so he wasn't perfect by any stretch.

In the first matchup against the Packers, Favre threw three picks and probably should have thrown a fourth that was dropped by CB Tramon Williams. Although he was sacked only once in the game, the steady pass rush of the Packers led to several incomplete passes and a few of those picks. Favre made a lot of throws off balance in that game, as opposed to last week when his mechanics were more clean.

ORT Phil Loadholt actually had one of his best games of the season, helping stonewall ace pass rusher Clay Matthews with the assistance of TE and RB chipping and double-teams. The Packers only blitzed a handful of times in that game, as the Vikings used a lot of six- and seven-man protections, and the majority of Green Bay's pressures came from the interior. One reason was that C John Sullivan had just returned to the lineup, but he did a mostly good job. We'll see if Sullivan, who has been in and out of the lineup with a calf injury, can play Sunday against NT B.J. Raji, who is having a good season.

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