On Sunday, the NY Jets have a date with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. On paper, this matchup may look to be one-sided. However, to everyone who has been watching this season unfold, this game could be much closer than anticipated.
While it won't be easy by any means, the Jets could follow what the Giants did last week and upset the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and Zach Wilson, on paper, are definitely a mismatch, but with the new additions to Gang Green's defense, Rodgers and the Packers' receiving group could be shut down.
These are three keys for the Jets to walk out of Lambeau with the victory on Sunday.
3. The NY Jets pass defense has to hold strong
Simply put, the Jets' pass defense and secondary have to continue to play well. Last week, the Jets took on the Miami Dolphins with Skylar Thompson at quarterback for the majority of the game. The Jets did a good job at shutting Thompson down, allowing only 166 yards.
The Jets' pass defense did a great job last week not allowing a touchdown and even picking up an interception in the Jets' 40-17 win. However, the bad news here is that Skylar Thompson isn't Aaron Rodgers. Last week in a losing effort to the Giants, Rodgers finished with 222 yards and threw for a pair of touchdowns.
D.J. Reed must continue to play as well as he has. Last week, Reed continued to show why he is one of the most underrated corners in the league, helping shut down the duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle alongside rookie sensation Sauce Gardner.
2. The NY Jets must establish the running game
With how well the Jets running backs have been playing, the Jets must get them involved in this game early and often. Last week, Breece Hall ran for 97 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown while adding 100 yards in the air. Sometimes it's hard to remember this is Hall's rookie season.
Michael Carter played well last week too. Carter finished with 21 yards and two touchdowns, helped out by Hall's explosive plays. Green Bay allowed Giants running back, Saquon Barkley to rush for 70 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
If the Jets hope to win Sunday's game, they will have to establish their run game early. Since a lot of the Jets' offense runs through Hall and Carter, they could prove to be very pivotal to the success of Gang Green.
1. The NY Jets must contain the Packers running game
This will arguably be the toughest task for the Jets. A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones have been dominant for the Packers' rushing offense. Last week, Jones rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries, and Dillon picked up 34 yards on just six carries. While this wasn't their best showing, the Packers running backs can be lethal.
Jones averages 6.4 yards per rush on the year so far. While the Jets' run defense isn't terrible, they allowed Raheem Mostert to rush for 113 yards and a touchdown last week.
Carl Lawson and John Franklin-Myers will have to continue to play well to help contain the Packers' running game. Last week, Lawson and Franklin-Myers were dominant, recording a combined 1.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hits.
Lawson, Franklin-Myers, Quinnen Williams, and the rest of the Jets' defensive line will really have to step up this week to contain the lethal duo of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.
Overall, Sunday's game in Lambeau is definitely a winnable matchup for the Jets. While it won't be easy, it can be done. If the Jets continue to play well, and more importantly achieve these three things, they will be in a good spot to pick up their fourth victory in six weeks.