Packers vs. Seahawks Key Match Up #1: Russell Okung vs. Clay Matthews

SEATTLE - AUGUST 14: Tackle Russell Okung #76 of the Seattle Seahawks pass blocks against Jacob Ford #78 during the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on August 14 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Titans 20-18. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The biggest difference between week one and week two was the ability of the Packers pass rush to get into the head of the opposing QB. Alex Smith is tough to rattle, especially when the offense doesn't really count on him to be the centerpiece of the attack. Jay Cutler on the other hand....well yeah, he is the centerpiece of that offense, the offensive line is awful, and he can get jittery after a few hits. If the Packers are going to win this week they need to get Russell Wilson getting a bit jumpy as well. Clay Matthews is going to be a big part of getting Wilson...uncomfortable.

The guy whose job is to make sure that doesn't happen is Russell Okung. Okung is a high draft pick who has had some ups and downs. He's also a player who is recovering from a knee injury. Last week Okung couldn't go, and if that happens again then Frank Omiyale. Packer fans may remember Omiyale from his time with the Chicago Bears. The Bears didn't think Omiyale was good enough to handle Matthews or Jared Allen and sent him packing. Then again, he did a pretty good job of handling DeMarcus Ware last week, so there's that. If he can put together a repeat performance (or if Okung is healthy and can shut down Matthews) the Packers may be in trouble.

The key is going to be getting Mathews locked into a one on one match up against whoever the LT is going to be. I don't know about you, but I feel pretty darn good about Matthews beating one on ones and getting his hands on Wilson. If Matthews can beat these one on ones regularly then it should limit the offense by drawing a RB or TE to chip Matthews and open up some one on one match ups for Jerel Worthy, B.J. Raji, or Nick Perry.

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