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Thursday, January 07, 2010




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Jermichael Finley - No Packers pass catcher was thrown to as often as Finley in the team's final six regular season games, nor as productive. Finley, a 6'5/247-pound athletic freak with 4.6 wheels, has added an entirely different dimension to Green Bay's already high-octane passing attack. Still just 22 years old after leaving Texas early, Finley will match up primarily with Cardinals safeties Adrian Wilson and Antrel Rolle on Sunday. Both are coverage liabilities.

Ryan Grant - Grant is averaging 4.7 yards per carry with eight touchdowns since Week 9. The unsung hero of Green Bay's on-fire stretch run also hit big contract incentives during Week 17 by going over 1,250 yards and finishing as one of the NFC's top-five rushers. Arizona's run defense is wildly inconsistent, having even surrendered 161 yards and a touchdown to replacement-level Lions backup Maurice Morris in Week 15. Grant's in store for a big Sunday.

Clay Matthews - In the popular 3-4 defense, a right outside linebacker is essentially asked to do one job, and one job only. Rush the passer. Perhaps no ROLB has played the position as well as Matthews in the second half of 2009. The USC alum began the year as a backup, but has generated seven sacks and countless quarterback hurries since Week 10. He'll face off with Cardinals journeyman left tackle Jeremy Bridges for most of Sunday.

Tramon Williams - Pressed to start after Al Harris tore his ACL in Week 11, Williams has capitalized with three interceptions, a sack, and seven pass breakups since. The contract-year cornerback gets boatloads of action because opponents are afraid to throw at bookend CB Charles Woodson. Whle Williams is not a true "shutdown" presence, he'll have a target on his back Sunday and plenty of opportunities for a game-altering play.

Cardinals

Steve Breaston - A year after breaking out for 1,006 receiving yards, Breaston's numbers are way down. He wasn't overly impressive when asked to fill in during Anquan Boldin's early-season injuries, and hasn't topped four catches in a game since Week 9. Boldin is now battling a left high ankle sprain and sprained left MCL, so Breaston may get the opportunity to break out of his season-long funk with a starting job.

Larry Fitzgerald - The Cards rested their front-line players at halftime of last week's loss, but All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald was still playing deep into the fourth quarter. Why? Coach Ken Whisenhunt revealed this week that Fitz wanted to pad his stats, which doesn't reflect especially strongly on this supposed "character guy." The situation has sparked controversy. Time will tell whether Fitzgerald's actions affected the locker room.

Calais Campbell - The Cardinals' co-leader in sacks fractured his thumb in the team's star-crossed, 33-7 loss to Green Bay in Week 17. Requiring surgery and sporting a sling this week, Campbell will essentially play with one arm if he's active on Sunday. 3-4 ends like Campbell need their hands to occupy offensive linemen or shove them aside. The breakout second-year defender's effectiveness is at risk, let alone his availability.

Adrian Wilson - Arizona's back-end intimidator became just the 10th player in league history to record 20 career sacks and 20 career interceptions earlier this season, but coverage has never been Wilson's strength. Prone to biting on play-action fakes, the Pro Bowler now must deal with the NFC's No. 3 passing attack and red-hot Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. Wilson won't be able to "cheat" into the box as often as usual, which threatens to limit his impact on the game.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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