Four Things Packers Must Do To Beat The Jets Sunday
The Packers finally got themselves over .500 by hanging on to beat Brett Favre and the Vikings last Sunday, but they will face an even tougher task this week when they head East to take on the Jets. New York (5-1) has been one of the best teams in the league in the early going and will look to attack a depleted Packers’ defense. Green Bay certainly has a chance to leave with a victory, but here are five things they must do to give themselves a chance.
1. Get and Stay Healthy on Defense
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last seven weeks, you know the Green Bay Packers have a plethora of injuries to deal with. We know who’s out for the season, but there are four players whose health will be key to the Packers’ success. Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Pickett were forced to miss the majority of the Week 7 win over Minnesota and it showed as the Vikings ran for 196 yards on the ground.
While Minnesota has a strong running game (10th in the league), New York’s is just as good, if not better (5th in the league). The tandem of Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson will give the Packers’ front seven fits if these two are not healthy and are forced to play with just four defensive linemen.
In the secondary, many are awaiting the return of cornerback Al Harris and safety Atari Bigby. Both practiced all last week but were held out of Sunday night’s game. There’s a chance they could return this week and it would do a lot for a thin secondary, starting third stringer Charlie Peprah and using Sam Shields as a nickelback.
2. Establish the Run
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