GWR: Jets vs. Packers

The Jets play host to a top five passing offense in Green Bay in a game that could make the team 6-1.

The Jets look to improve their win-streak to six games when they return after a bye week to face the Packers at New Meadowlands Stadium. With Aaron Rodgers behind center and Charles Woodson lurking on defense, the Packers should give New York a good run.

WHEN THE JETS HAVE THE BALL: Two weeks ago, Mark Sanchez had his first sub-par performance of the season since New York's only loss Week 1. Sanchez tossed two interceptions to one touchdown, but it was still good enough for a victory over Denver thanks to two LaDainian Tomlinson rushing scores. Sanchez and New York's passing game will have a good test against Green Bay thanks to the NFL's leading sack-getter in Clay Matthews and all-purpose cornerback Charles Woodson. The second-year signal-caller will need to keep the game-changing Woodson in check as his playmaking ability and knack for the football is a big contributor to the Packers' success. Green Bay will need to get quick pressure on New York, because the Jets are one of the best teams at protecting the quarterback. Sanchez's mobility off of rollouts matches up well against the Packers' rush, so Green Bay would best be suited keeping him in the pocket with outside rushes. As far as New York's bread-and-butter, the rushing game, the Jets should bode well against the 23rd-ranked run defense. Expect some fourth-quarter pounding by Shonn Greene if the game is close.

WHEN THE PACKERS HAVE THE BALL: Despite season-ending injuries to Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley, Green Bay's offense is still dangerous. It ranks eighth in the league passing with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. The Pack has two receivers who can do it all in Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Both are deep threats, so their matchups with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie will dictate how the game plays out. Green Bay's offensive line isn't the best, but the Jets will obviously still send linebackers at the Packers' protection in order to try and shake up Rodgers. The Jets' disguising of blitzes will be especially important again Green Bay since they will have linebackers getting into coverage against the Packers' tight-end routes, which Rodgers is good at finding on second and third reads.

THE X-FACTOR: Santonio Holmes. Holmes hasn't played a huge role yet in New York's offense since his return from suspension, but he did draw the deciding penalty on a pass interference against the Broncos Week 6. With Woodson most likely on Braylon Edwards for the majority of the game and Dustin Keller drawing more attention in his breakout season, Holmes should find space against Green Bay, and he's capable of taking the ball for a score anytime it's thrown his way.

Nick St. Denis covers the Jets from GreenAndWhiteReport.com


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