Unfamiliar Opponents Match Up
Teams in similar positions at the start of the season meet when the Green Bay Packers play host to the New York Jets on Sunday.
Both teams are 3-2 through the first five weeks and second in their respective divisions, but each has taken a different path to get there.
The Jets started the season slow with a 1-2 record, but they are climbing after winning their last two games. Last week’s 40-17 win over the Miami Dolphins put New York into second place in the AFC East.
The Packers’ two losses have bookended their first five games, as Green Bay opened the season with a 23-7 loss to Minnesota and is coming off a 27-22 loss to the New York Giants in London.
Green Bay has logged one dominant win, with the Packers struggling to put away Tampa and New England. In spite of this, the Packers are second in the NFC North.
The Jets have been picked to finish last in the AFC East with +2800 odds to win while the Packers have the second-best odds to win the NFC North with +110 odds.
Jets: Impressive Offense
The New York Jets have been on a roll, winning three of their last four games.
A key to New York’s success has been its offense, as it has been able to keep up with its higher-scoring opponents.
Though New York’s defense is in the middle of the NFL, allowing 23.6 points a game, its offense is 12th in the league, scoring 23.2 points.
The offense delivered in a Week 3 win over the Browns, as New York came back from down 30-17 with less than two minutes to go to defeat Cleveland 31-30.
Backup quarterback Joe Flacco played a masterful role, throwing for 307 yards and four touchdowns while rookie receiver Garrett Wilson made noise with eight receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
The Jets’ best offensive performance of the season came a week ago against a slipping Miami team, scoring 40 points.
Quarterback Zach Wilson threw for 210 yards on 14 of 21 attempts, but it was the ground game that led the way.
Michael Carter and rookie running back Breece Hall had big games, with Hall rushing for 97 yards and one touchdown. He also caught two passes for 100 yards, setting a franchise record for total yards by a rookie.
Carter also played an important role, punching in two touchdowns and adding 21 rush yards. The Jets also got rushing touchdowns from Zach Wilson and Braxton Berrios as well.
New York’s offense will be needed once again when the Jets face what is sure to be a determined Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field.
Packers: Puzzling Play
Although the Packers have three wins, it has been a struggle to get there, as Green Bay hasn’t been able to put teams away.
Aside from their 27-10 victory over Chicago, the Packers have had a pattern of getting a lead early in the game, stalling on offense and allowing their opponent to catch up.
In Week 3 against the Buccaneers, Green Bay took a 14-3 halftime lead, but was unable to score any points in the second half. Its defense did just enough to hold off an injured Tampa Bay offense, giving the Packers a 14-12 win.
The Packers had a similar showing in Week 4 against the Patriots and had to overcome a slow start. After Rodgers went 4 of 11 for 44 yards and a pick-six in the first half, New England took a 10-7 halftime lead.
Rodgers appeared more like himself in the second half, finishing the game 21 of 35 for 251 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. However the game went to overtime due to the defense allowing the beat-up Patriots offense to hang around.
Though Rodgers and the Packers were able to pull off the wins in those two instances, their inability to put teams away hurt them a week ago in London against an injured Giants team.
Green Bay had a 20-10 lead at halftime, but didn’t score again in the second half until recording a safety late in the game.
Quarterback Daniel Jones, on an injured ankle, led New York to 17 unanswered points. Running back Saquon Barkley was key as well, rushing 13 times for 70 yards and a touchdown while adding 36 receiving yards.
The Packers will have to find a way to play a complete game in order to keep up with a streaking Jets team on Sunday.
Jets vs Packers Injury Report
Jets vs Packers Head-to-Head
The Jets and Packers have met 13 times, with the Jets leading the series 8-5. Green Bay has won the last three matchups, with the last meeting taking place in December 2018 and the Packers winning 44-38 in overtime in New Jersey.
Jets vs Packers Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 16
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
- How to watch Jets vs Packers? ESPN
Jets vs Packers Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Jets vs Packers Betting Lines
Jets vs Packers Prediction
Although the Packers haven’t played a complete game, Sunday will be the time to start as Green Bay hasn’t lost back-to-back games under Matt LaFleur yet.
The Jets have been on a roll lately, but a Rodgers-led team at Lambeau Field is a different beast.
The Packers will be able to bounce back with a win at home, but take the Jets to cover.
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