PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents the third of five key matchups in the Packers' Week 11 game against the Buccaneers Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow Jr. vs. Packers SS Charlie Peprah
Winslow, who has impressive bloodlines (he's the son of Hall of Fame TE Kellen Winslow Sr.), has become one of the league's more reputable tight ends. The Bucs' leader in catches the past two seasons, Winslow Jr. has sure hands and finds a way to get open in the seams with relative consistency. A couple of knee surgeries have reduced his speed somewhat, and his blocking has gone downhill, but he can still be explosive.
Winslow Jr.had 66 catches for 730 yards and five TDs last year and is currently on pace for 68-612-4 this season. He is Tampa Bay's second-leading receiver through the first nine games (one catch behind WR Mike Williams) and is coming off a 3-33 performance in the Bucs' Week 10 loss to the Texans. He has two TDs, one in each of the two games preceding his latest game. His best game of the season was in Week One (6-66).
The Packers did a good job limiting Minnesota's tight ends in the last game, holding Visanthe Shiancoe to one catch for 33 yards and Kyle Rudolph to 3-37-0. Peprah has done a respectable job at strong safety replacing Morgan Burnett, who moved to free safety to replace the injured Nick Collins (out for the season with a neck injury). Peprah had six tackles and one pass breakup vs. Minnesota. Solid but unspectacular, he is better against the run than the pass. Peprah is always physical and always works hard and prepares well. It's a good bet Peprah will get some help in defending Winslow from CB Charles Woodson, who is coming off a very strong outing vs. Minnesota.