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'Big Five' could return for Packers

The Green Bay Packers' "Big Five" might be back in business as soon as Sunday. Packers coach Mike McCarthy's unique five-receiver, empty backfield set was something of a secret weapon last season, keeping defenses off balance and creating mismatches.

The Green Bay Packers' "Big Five" might be back in business as soon as Sunday.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy's unique five-receiver, empty backfield set was something of a secret weapon last season, keeping defenses off balance and creating mismatches. But the Big Five has been on hold this season -- not because the Packers made a change at quarterback, but because they've had five healthy receivers in only one of their first seven games.

No. 3 receiver James Jones has missed four games because of a knee injury, and Ruvell Martin has missed two more because of a hand injury. Martin has been back for a month, and Jones might be ready to return for Sunday's game at undefeated Tennessee.

Putting any five wide receivers on the field at the same time will spread out a defense and force it to make a decision: blitz to create pressure or back off to play coverage.

"You can only do a couple of things," Rodgers said, referring to a defense. "You can probably drop eight [and] play coverage, or bring pressure. They bring pressure, then you've got to tackle. Because if we block it up, you've got man-to-man matchups. You drop and play zone, then you kind of pick your poison. We can dink and dunk you to death in that package."

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Obama, McCain to be interviewed for 'MNF'

Are Barack Obama and John McCain ready for some football?

ESPN says the presidential candidates are planning to participate in one-on-one interviews via satellite that would air at halftime of "Monday Night Football," the day before the election.

ESPN's Chris Berman will do the segments earlier Monday, if the candidates' schedules permit, and they'll air at about 9:15 p.m.

The interviews will give both candidates a last major chance to appeal to Americans during a coveted spot on prime-time television. "Monday Night Football" has averaged 12.2 million viewers this season.

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