Packers vs. Chiefs: Five key matchups

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Kansas City Chiefs running back

Knile Davis

(34) carries the ball as Green Bay Packers linebacker

Jayrone Elliott

(91) and cornerback

Micah Hyde

(33) tackle in the first quarter. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday night, when the Kansas City Chiefs come to town, the Green Bay Packers will look to extend their win streak to 3-0 and continue their strongest regular season start since 2011.

This will be no easy feat.

Ironically, the Chiefs roster mimics the Packers’ week two opponent, the Seattle Seahawks. They have an elite running back, one of the best tight end threats in the NFL, and a staunch defense.

Kansas City boasts one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali coming off the edge. They also have a young, ascending secondary.

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On the bright side, the Packers won’t have to worry about the read option or a mobile quarterback, like Russell Wilson, rolling out of the pocket.

Alex Smith plays much more in the fashion of Jay Cutler than a Wilson or Colin Kaepernick, but this doesn’t mean he won’t take his shots downfield, especially on play action.

The Packers will have their hands full on both sides of the ball with this AFC opponent. Here are the five key matchups the Packers must win on Monday night in order to remain undefeated.

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