Packers-Lions matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 07, 2010 @ 12:58 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into this Sunday's Week 14 battle between the Packers and Lions:

Lions TEs Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler vs. the Packers' back-seven pass defense

It will probably take a collective effort by the Packers' safeties and linebackers to effectively defend the quality TE duo of Pettigrew and Scheffler, who proved to be particularly pesky in Green Bay's 28-26 squeaker over the Lions in Week Four at Lambeau Field, registering a combined 14 catches for 154 yards. A lot of their success in that game might have been due to the season-ending injury suffered in the first half by starting rookie SS Morgan Burnett, who was replaced by Derrick Martin (now on injured reserve) the remainder of the game.

The Packer most likely to be responsible for covering the Lions' talented tight ends this Sunday is SS Charlie Peprah, who has definitely had his share of problems the last two games defending two of the league's best tight ends in Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez and San Francisco's Vernon Davis.

Peprah could receive plenty of help, however, from Charles Woodson, who was entrusted with most of the responsibility for covering Davis last week and did not do a great job, and a Green Bay LB corps that lost its best performer in coverage situations when Brandon Chillar was placed on injured reserve last week.      

Peprah missed three tackles in the Niners game last week and is going to have to do a better job in that regard against Pettigrew and Scheffler. Both Lions TEs have displayed tackle-breaking big-play ability at times this season, particularly Pettigrew.