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Packers-Chiefs matchup of the day: Thursday

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By Dan Arkush

Chiefs CBs Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr and Javier Arenas vs. Packers WRs Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, James Jones and Randall Cobb

It's going to be really interesting watching Green Bay's passing attack without Greg Jennings, who had started every game the past two seasons as the team's No. 1 wideout before sitting out this game with a sprained MCL suffered in the win over Oakland, an injury that is expected to sideline him for the rest of the regular season. Flowers, who was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft, and Carr, a fifth-rounder that same year, make up a very solid starting CB duo for the Chiefs. They are both going to need to be on their toes throughout the game, with all of the Packers' receivers capable of lining up anywhere on the field — and being more likely to do so — with Jennings out of the mix.

Nelson, who has more receiving yards and touchdowns than Jennings, figures to continue being a frequent target of Aaron Rodgers. But all the options Rodgers will still have at his disposal without Jennings are capable of taking center stage. Driver stepped up last Sunday (four catches for 75 yards). Jones has been lying low lately but is still gaining 18.4 yards per catch and has five TDs. And then there's Cobb, who could be the team's best WR option in the middle of the field this Sunday with Jennings not available.

Flowers and Carr are not expected to back down from the multi-weapon challenge facing them. Flowers has four interceptions, including one that he returned for a 58-yard TD vs. Oakland. Considered by many to be playing at a Pro Bowl level this season, he is undersized but extremely feisty with an impressive vertical leap and big-play ability. Carr, who has three interceptions, has more speed than Flowers and is just as physical.

Arenas has been an effective third corner for K.C., but he has made more of an impact as a blitzer.

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