Jets' Preview: Week Two Edition

Nick Mangold | New York Jets

It's been eight years since the New York Jets journeyed to the famed Lambeau Field and now Rex Ryan and company will face an early test in Week Two. Find out if New York will be able to handle its matchup with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Week 2 - at Green Bay Packers

2013 Record:

8-7-1

Key Additions:

DE Julius Peppers, DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Key Losses:

WR James Jones, TE Jermichael Finley

The second week of the season the New York Jets head to Lambeau Field for the first time since 2006 for the Packers’ home opener. This game will be an early test for the Jets’ playoff credentials, heading into a hostile environment and playing a team with explosive ability that has been to the playoffs each of the past five seasons. For what its worth Green Bay will have a few days extra rest as well, opening the season in Seattle on September 4. The Jets in 2010 held Aaron Rodgers to one of the least productive outings of his career in a 9-0 loss at Metlife Stadium, but the makeup of the Jets' defense since that point is much different. The Packers passing attack will prove to be a huge challenge for the Jets’ young secondary and an early benchmark for a young football team’s playoff potential.

Three Keys:

Control the game on the ground

The one clear advantage the Jets should have in this game is running at the Packers' defense. Controlling the game on the ground keeps the Packers offense off the field and prevents Green Bay’s talented group of pass rushers from forcing Geno Smith into mistakes.

Rex Ryan master class

15 of 34, 170 yards, no touchdowns. That was the stat line for Aaron Rodgers when he came to Metlife Stadium in 2010 and is to this day one of the least productive performances of his career. Of course this defense lacks the CB duo of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie that was such a huge part of the defensive success that season, but Ryan prides himself on scheming to contain elite quarterbacks and a reprisal of that defensive performance from 2010 will give the Jets an excellent chance to win.

Geno’s first big test…

It’s going to be a constant theme all season, but the growth of Geno Smith is obviously going to be pivotal in any success the Jets have this season and this game will prove to be his first big challenge. It will be a challenge to say poised in a hostile environment against a defense with a good pass rush, but the running game should provide a strong backbone for the offense that Smith can work off.

Prediction:

The Jets lose a hard-fought battle in a game that ultimately says more about Green Bay’s credentials than the Jets lack thereof.

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