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Cowboys’ Air Defense Key Vs. Packers

The biggest matchup in the most hyped game of the NFL season pits the Green Bay Packers’ premium passing attack against the Dallas Cowboys’ select secondary Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

That’s Brett Favre and his targets of Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman and Derrick Mayes vs. cornerbacks Deion Sanders and Kevin Smith and safeties Darren Woodson and Brock Marion.

“They’re a talented group, we’re a talented group,” Freeman said. “So, whoever does a better job at running their stuff …”

Brooks and Freeman have combined for 99 receptions, 12 touchdown catches and 1,534 yards for the Packers (8-3).

Favre is tied for the league lead with 23 TD passes.

The Cowboys (6-5) lead the league in pass defense, allowing 153.2 yards per game. They’re second in total defense and in points allowed.

The Packers’ hopes of ending their eight-game losing streak to the Cowboys rest on whether they can penetrate the Dallas secondary.

Phillips to play for Raiders?

Running back Lawrence Phillips appears to be a troubled young man. Maybe too troubled for even the Raiders to take a chance on, but his agent said Oakland is among the teams Phillips would like to play for.

“Lawrence wants to play somewhere he will be able to contribute and be a factor,” said Mitchell Frankel, Phillips’ agent. “If the Raiders feel like (Phillips) can help them, then he’d love to play for them.”

Phillips, 22, was waived by the Rams on Thursday, one day after walking out on the team. Because the Raiders have one of the league’s worst records (4-7), they would be among the first nine teams in line to claim Phillips. The team with the worst record gets the first crack. Six teams have worse records than the Raiders and two others are tied.

Around the league

Seattle Seahawks free safety Darryl Williams, fighting a hamstring injury, might be healthy enough to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Cornerback Shawn Springs and strong safety Bennie Blades will miss their third consecutive game. … Washington Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte strained his throwing shoulder during practice Friday, but the injury isn’t expected to keep him out of Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants.