Packers-Jets: Key matchups

Kickoff coverage unit will have hands full with Jets' Miller; Harris vs. Coles

Packers coverage unit vs. Jets KR Justin Miller
Green Bay has been atrocious in coverage on kickoff returns for the better part of the last six games and has tumbled from the No. 1 league ranking for return average to 14th at 21.9 yards. Now, the Packers get to contend with the electrifying Miller, who leads the loop with a return average of 28.9 yards and has two touchdowns to his credit.

Relying on kicker Dave Rayner to make tackles on the back end -- he had a team-high three in the loss Monday at Seattle -- won't cut it.

Packers CB Al Harris vs. Jets WR Laveranues Coles
With two teams, Coles has been a big-time performer in two previous meetings with the Packers. He caught seven passes for 84 yards with Washington in 2004 and snared six receptions for 93 yards in 2002 during his first stint with the Jets.

Harris didn't match up with Coles in the most recent meeting. Coles isn't a burner and does his best work gaining separation off the line, so Harris will have to be precise with his jams and knocking Coles off his routes.

Packers QB Brett Favre vs. Jets S Kerry Rhodes
Rhodes has been a playmaker in the defensive backfield and has a nose for the ball while Favre threw three picks last week, more than in his previous six games. That's a tough combination for Favre who will also see Rhodes coming at him on occasion with the Jets finally increasing their pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Jets QB Chad Pennington vs. Packers DEs Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Aaron Kampman
These two have a knack for hitting quarterbacks from the side and stripping the ball. Pennington must stay aware of these two when they eventually get through the offensive line and protect the ball, staying away from not just getting sacked but losing possession as well.

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