Can The Jets Take Advantage Of O-Line?

For the second straight season the Packers started someone on their offensive line who was a rookie. Last season it was tackle David Bakhtiari who started against the San Francisco 49ers. This season it was center Corey Linsley who started against the Seattle Seahawks. Both games ended in a Packers loss.

If there is one thing the Jets can hang their hats on it is that the Packers offensive line is young and inexperienced to say the least. If you add that with the injury to Bryan Bulaga, the Packers starting right tackle, the Jets defensive line could be in for a huge day.

Bulaga the Packers long time right guard suffered an MCL tear last week. Although he has practiced in a limited fashion this week it is still unclear if or how much he will play. If Bulaga ends up sitting the bench the Packers will have to roll with Derek Sherrod the fourth year man out of Mississippi State. This would mean the Packers would have a rookie center; a second year left tackle, and an inexperienced guy in Sherrod playing right tackle. These are things that would lead you to believe that Mohammad Wilkerson and company could and should have a good day. Although the Packers may be a little banged up on the offensive line Rex Ryan isn’t taking them lightly. Ryan told reports after practice, “The Packers are pretty good but ill say this our front seven is pretty good and I don’t care who we play, are guys are showing up to play”

Last week the Packers gave up three sacks two from the right side of the offensive line. The killer was when Michael Bennett rushed off the right side and took down Aaron Rodgers for the sack fumble. The Jets are going to need to put some pressure on Rodgers if they want to be successful this week.

A week ago the two most talented players on the Jets front 7, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, combined for just one tackle. The two are going to have to show up for a little more than one tackle this week as the team is going to look to them for big plays. Even though Wilkerson didn’t have many tackles he did have two passes defended. Wilkerson told reporters, “As a defensive linemen you just try and be disruptive whether it be a sack, a hit on the quarterback, batting balls down anything to help the defense get off the field.” The Jets are going to need to get their defense off the field early and often because the longer Aaron Rodgers has the ball the more deadly he his.


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