If the Green Bay Packers are nervous about squaring off against Darelle Revis, they're not showing it. In an interview with Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin Greg Jennings said, "Someone’s going to win; someone’s going to lose. It’ll probably go a little both ways. It’ll be interesting,” Jennings said. “(It’ll be like) Trick-or-treat. I’m not even bringing a bucket. We’re coming with pillowcases. We’re trying to take as much candy home as possible. We’re all trying to come back with smiles. You can’t come home with no candy. Revis Island. Shhhh.” I've never seen Jennings be so cheeky.
Darelle Revis and the tough Jets defense is featured in an article by Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The Jets take pride in their identity as an attacking defense and are confident that when they bring pressure Revis and Cromartie will win their matchups," writes D'Amato. "They're not going to sit back in Cover-2 all game." There's reason to think the Packers could have success against a pressure-man defense like the Jets. The Packers have struggled against Cover-2 this season, and it may be a relief not to see as much of that on Sunday. One key will be for the pass protection to keep Aaron Rodgers upright.
The inevitable connection between Charles Woodson and Darelle Revis is given attention by Bill Huber of Packer Report. The comparisons between the two go back to last year when Woodson won Defensive Player of the Year voting. "Jets coach Rex Ryan pressed voters to select Revis for the award last year," writes Huber. "While speaking in glowing terms about Woodson on Wednesday, he hardly backed off his stance that his man is the best cornerback in the NFL." The debate rages on.
The Packers have a pretty good young cornerback of their own in Tramon Williams who's featured in article by the Associated Press, presumably Chris Jenkins. "Packers cornerback Tramon Williams keeps making big impressions with his coaches, and his development bodes well for a franchise that's been missing depth at the position," according to the article. Williams is starting to get some national attention. I heard he's going to be on the Jim Rome radio show today.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is compared to Aaron Rodgers by the New York bureau of the Associated Press. "They're both from California, played in the Pac-10, share the same agent and were first-round draft picks a few years apart. They're also the only quarterbacks -- for now -- who can say they replaced Brett Favre," according to the article. They've also been largely successful in their young careers in the NFL. It will be important to watch which one can avoid turnovers this weekend.
The Jets have the top record in the AFC at 5-1, tied with the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Interestingly, all three of those AFC teams have matchups Sunday with opponents that were supposed to be the class of the NFC," according to an article at Packer Report. "The Jets-Packers tilt in the early afternoon will give way to Patriots-Minnesota Vikings in the late afternoon, then Steelers-New Orleans Saints at night." Whichever conference can win the that best-of-three "series" will be getting a lot of attention on Monday morning.
How the three new linebackers are adapting to Green Bay is given some consideration by Tom Fanning of the Packers official website. Among the information in the article appearing at Packers.com was this: "Wilhelm said he expects to spend a lot of time going over the defensive system in more detail with inside linebackers coach Winston Moss during the Packers’ bye week, which comes after the Nov. 7 contest against Dallas, but the immediate focus for him is special teams." Wilhelm said he's been practicing with several first-string special teams units, which should indicate he'll play this Sunday.
Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal calls for running back Brandon Jackson to get the ball more often. "After starting slowly in Grant's absence and even falling behind fullback-turned-halfback John Kuhn for a while, Jackson has used his increased workload to become a more instinctive, decisive runner," writes Oates. "McCarthy said the coaches are doing a better job of tailoring runs for the backs and that the run-blocking unit has improved each week, but it is undeniable that in recent games Jackson looks better with the ball under his arm than he ever has in Green Bay."
Aaron Rodgers is a fan of Rex Ryan writes Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.
The Bucky Channel covers the injured reserve list and the players replacing them.
The Packers' play calling is a work in progress says Michael Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation.
Ol' Bag of Donuts says the time for the offense to emerge is now.
The Packers' injury situation is held up as an example why there shouldn't be an 18-game NFL schedule by Zach Kruse of Bleacher Report.
Yesterday's practice report is provided by Gary D'Amato of the Journal Sentinel.
Will Blackmon has been signed by the New York Giants.
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