Packers XLV

Grounding the Jets? Rodgers That.

Posted September 12th, 2014 @ 03:09pm

The only thing worse than witnessing countless missed tackles, some problematic injuries and a pathological fear of Richard Sherman is having to wait ten days to see what they do for an encore.

When the Packers finally take the field at 3:25 on Sunday for their only home game in the month of September, they'll have some serious 'splainin' to do. You look at the 2014 schedule and this is arguably the easiest game on the slate. The Jets are a non-playoff team looking in, a young team that has an 8-8 feel to it, with a young quarterback who has more weapons than he had a year ago and a defense that continues to be defined by a physical front seven.

The two teams couldn't have had more different opening week opponents. While the Packers were bashed by the champs, the Jets escaped at home against perhaps the league's worst team. That said, they pounded the rock, gashing Oakland for more than 200 yards on the ground. And after watching the Pack swinging and missing 18 times at Marshawn Lynch and company, if they don't wrap up Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson on Sunday, Rex Ryan will have that silly grin on his face as he watches Aaron Rodgers stewing on the sidelines.

Dom Capers' defense looked lost and confused last Thursday. They stayed in the nickel, even though they were playing a team that was killing them on the ground. The next two opponents, Detroit and Chicago, will force the Pack to live in the nickel, but against this opponent, the Pack should stay in base and continue to show us 4-3 looks, to force Geno Smith into second and third and long situations, which will allow Matthews, Peppers and company to do what they do best.

The Jets passing game remains pedestrian and a work in progress. Though Smith's numbers last week are impressive, 23-28 for 221 yards with a TD and a pick, the Raiders are a mess defensively. The Packers' secondary should be able to handle Eric Decker and company, even with the safeties cheating up to handle the run much of the time.

Offensively, the Packers should be able to move the ball through the air with little resistance. Rodgers excels in bounce back situations and he gets a Jets secondary that is in transition. They may be as weak at cornerback than any team in the league and with their best guy, Dee Milliner doubtful to play with a high ankle strain, expect a 300+ yard day from Rodgers, with multiple touchdowns. Needless to say, if the Packers can jump out to a two-score lead, the Jets' dreams of running the ball all day will be dashed.

Looks like Eddie Lacy will return; expect the Pack to rotate all three guys against the Jets. All three can be three down guys and handle the up tempo, no huddle attack the Packers will undoubtedly roll with most of the first half, if not most of the game.

With three straight division games looming, this one is an absolute must. Not to mention, it's the home opener, where Rodgers is undefeated in home openers against teams not called the 49ers. Let's see if Mike Pennel gets a shot at anchoring the nose and providing some beef against the run. Let's see if Jamari Lattimore steps in for the ailing Brad Jones and never gives the job back. Let's see if the Packers get to business, improve to 1-1 and prepare for the Lions and Bears and Vikings, oh my.

Packers 34  Jets  20

Much more to come on this matchup this Sunday, 7am-8am CST on "Packer Preview" on KFAN, and iHeart radio. Or podcast it when you wake up at "Fan on Demand" at or at iTunes. Tweet me your questions, comments @TCHeadCheese and I'll read them on the air.

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on October 9th, 2014 at 08:57pm

I think this game will be a bellwether on just what kind of team this year's Pack really is and what kind of season, at least in the first half, we should expect. A loss will set off alarms, a close struggling win will cause worry and a decisive, dominating performance will put the Pack back at the top of the NFC Super Bowl short list- after Seattle & San Fran. The Jets are no pushover but they should be a manageable, beatable opponent with the Pack holding the home field. The Packers have a very good Week Two record since Aaron Rodgers has been qb. They are 5-1 in Week Two since 2008, 4-1 at Lambeau and 2-0 coming off an opening game loss. I expect that trend to continue.

on September 12th, 2014 at 07:15pm

Let's hope to get Lambeau back to a true home team field advantage...which has been lacking the last few years....Pack goes 8-0 at home and this is the start.

on September 12th, 2014 at 08:42pm

Dave, good takes as usual. I agree, they have to win this game and get back on track. Let's hope they don't have any further injuries and can stop the Jet's running game.

on September 12th, 2014 at 10:49am

Stop the run, and force them to pass. But don't take the Jets lightly.

on September 12th, 2014 at 12:48pm

You will lose.

on September 13th, 2014 at 09:26am

week 2, I agree with all my buddies here, this is going to tougher then the 8 point spread says. we will have a tough time running against that D, and we will nee to do the short passing game again. with maybe Bulaga out again. we need Bostick to make some plays down the middle. I see it 24-19, we keep them out of the end zone but they will kick some field goals, just win baby. go pack

on September 13th, 2014 at 12:38pm

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