This is a crucial game for both teams at the top of their respective divisions. The Packers are tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the best record in the NFC and hold a one-game advantage over the Lions in the NFC North. The Chiefs started their bye in sole possession of first place, but are now tied with the Chargers in the AFC West.
Packers left tackle Chad Clifton vs. Chiefs right end Jared Allen. The veteran Clifton is going to have his hands full this week against Allen, who is easily the Chiefs' most valuable player this season. Allen leads the AFC with eight sacks, despite being suspended for the first two games of the season. Allen has also played well against the run, which has been one of the weak spots for the Packers this season. Green Bay will need to establish a rushing attack, or Allen could have a big day if the Packers get too predictable. The Packers will be without running back DeShawn Wynn, who was placed on injured reserve with what coach Mike McCarthy called a "significant shoulder injury." Look for the Packers to turn to second-year man Ryan Grant again.