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Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals: Know Thy Enemy

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In Green Bay, they have an immensely talented group of football players that spans through out each unit. If you wanted to talk about the offense, players such as quarterback Aaron Rodger's, wide receiver Greg Jenning's, and tight end Jermichael Finley's names come to mind. If you want to talk about the defensive players, then we're talking about linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker Aaron Kampman, and defensive back Al Harris. There's one name missing from this group though, and that would be Charles Woodson. Woodson has not only been Green Bay's best player this season, but he's been one of the best, if not the best, defensive player in the NFL. This will be the player to watch out for on Sunday.

Woodson has made a name for himself around the NFL, that he will be physical and will do everything necessary to shut you down. For receivers and quarterbacks this can be tricky, because if they make a mistake it will likely be picked off (which could be dangerous considering the fact that Woodson has a knack for returning them for touchdowns). This is especially true in his last 31 games. In that time span Woodson has recorded 15 interceptions (four returned for touchdowns), five sacks, five forced fumbles, and 137 tackles (117 solo). Those are very good numbers for a defensive back. When facing the Cardinals however, it has been a different story.

Woodson hasn't exactly put up amazing numbers when it has come to facing the Cardinals. In four games he has recorded just 10 tackles, two interceptions (1 returned for a td) and 3 passes deflected. For a corner, those are numbers are okay, but they aren't what he has normally been putting up this season. He will also have the tall task of trying to shut down one of the best receivers in football, Larry Fitzgerald. It may not be this week, but if the Cardinals face the Packers in the first round of the playoffs he will line up across Fitzgerald. Larry has never faced the Packers, with the exception of the preseason, so it will be interesting to see how well he matches up with Woodson. If both teams are trying to win this game on Sunday, whomever Woodson matches up against should be interesting and fun one to watch. Thoughts?