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Jarrett Boykin poised for big week

Packers WR among players with pivotal matchups in Week 8

Updated: October 23, 2013, 3:37 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Heading into Week 7, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin had just one reception this season. But following injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones, the second-year wideout from Virginia Tech got the call to make his first career start -- and made the most of it, hauling in eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' 31-13 win over the Browns.

The Packers schemed ways to get him the football at or near the line of scrimmage, and while he's not nearly the same run-after-catch player as Cobb, he helped fill some of the void left by Cobb's absence.

As we move into Week 8, Boykin appears primed for an even bigger weak as Green Bay's depleted receiving corps, also likely without Jermichael Finley, will again lean on their new starting WR to help carry the offensive load against the Vikings.

Against Minnesota, Boykin will test a secondary that will be without its best player, Harrison Smith, and that has endured struggles this season, allowing 2.3 passing touchdowns per game, the most in the NFL.

Boykin is just one player who figures to see either a distinct advantage or disadvantage this weekend. Here's a look at two other players (or groups of players) with favorable matchups and three others who will have their work cut out for them in Week 8.

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