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Packers-Seahawks: Three keys

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Athletic & physical test The Packers defense will face an athletic quarterback in Russell Wilson and a physical running back in Marshawn Lynch.  The duo provide a very good test for the Packers, who at some point must beat the physical heavyweights like the Seahawks and 49ers to get through the NFC playoffs.  So far the run defense has more than held their own but bottling up Lynch will go along way in building confidence in the defensive line.

Defensive depth Sticking with defense, the Packers need to figure out how much depth there is at safety and linebacker.  Mike McCarthy said earlier this week there's much evaluation that needs to be done.  So while the starters may be out at the half several backups will have the chance to earn a roster spot on the defensive side

Skills position battles It's clear at this point that the toughest personnel decisions are at running back, wide receiver and tight end.  Veterans like James Starks and D.J. Williams need a good showing.  Rookies Ty Walker and Myles White have one more shot at impressing the coaching staff.  Snaps will be important here so who will make the highlight reel tonight?

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