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Packers-Chiefs matchup of the day: Wednesday

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By Dan Arkush

Chiefs WRs Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin vs. Packers CBs Rod Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields

The Chiefs' wideouts have enough natural ability to cause some real problems for the Packers corners this Sunday, although QB Tyler Palko had been having a hard time consistently connecting with them (2-7 TD-interception ratio), leading to the switch to Kyle Orton as this week's starter. Bowe, who made the Pro Bowl last year after totaling 72 catches for 1,162 yards (16.1 yards per catch) and 15 TDs, has not been as productive this season (only four TDs) but is still the team's primary target. The 23rd pick in the 2007 draft has at least six catches in four of the past six games. Both Bowe and Baldwin, the Chiefs' No. 1 pick this year, are big, physical receivers with excellent leaping ability and body control who will offer a challenge for Williams, who regressed in the last game and appeared tentative tackling.

Baldwin, who missed the first month of the season because of a thumb injury suffered in an altercation with teammate Thomas Jones, is capable of making great acrobatic catches but lacks polish and consistent focus. Should he get lazy on his routes, look for Woodson to capitalize, as was the case on Woodson's seventh interception (tied with two others for the league lead) last week, when Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey didn't finish off his route and Woodson capitalized. Shields also had an interception last Sunday, and through 13 games, Woodson, Williams and Shields have combined for a little less than half of the Packers' lead-leading interception total (14 of 27).

Finishing routes is not a problem for Breaston, a smart, shifty precise route runner who played under recently fired head coach Todd Haley in Arizona. Breaston is a quality pass catcher out of the slot but is undersized and has brittle knees.

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