The Jets (3-2) are back on the road for a clash with the Packers (3-2) at Lambeau Field on Sunday. New York is coming off back-to-back wins after beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh and the Dolphins at home. The Packers lost a tough one in week five against a Giants team whose success has been a surprise to many this season.
The most notable thing about this Jets team is the widespread success by many. On offense, a number of players are chipping in—it’s not falling on one star—to make the clutch catch or aggressive run.
It’s hard to remember a time when the Jets had this many promising rookies, namely Sauce Gardner (CB), Breece Hall (RB), and Garrett Wilson (WR). All three were named in ESPN’s top 10 NFL rookies list—No. 2, No. 4, and No. 7, respectively.
Gardner had his first career interception last week and has 20 tackles and six pass defenses this season, while Hall broke the Jets’ single-game rookie record for scrimmage yards against the Dolphins with 197 all-purpose. Hall was named the Pepsi Zero Sugar Rookie of the Week in week four and was nominated after last week’s performance. He has amassed 275 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, ranking second among rookies. G. Wilson ranks second among rookie receivers with 282 yards, two receiving touchdowns, and 23 receptions and was named Rookie of the Week in week two after totaling 102 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches.
Also worth mentioning: The Jets lead the league with 58 points in the fourth quarter. This is an important stat, as it shows despite possible struggles early on, this team is resilient and fights back. Still, like I said in my week five preview, it would be nice to see the Jets play four full quarters of football and not need to always climb back into games late.
But the Jets will be tested against a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, who has a 67.9% completion rate for 1,157 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions. It has been evident through five weeks that Rodgers misses his top receiver, Davante Adams, who was targeted 169 times for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Now, Rodgers is working with Romeo Doubs (213 yards-2 touchdowns), Randall Cobb (249 yards), and Allen Lazard (209 yards-3 touchdowns).
The Packers enter the game with a 24-3 regular season record at home since 2019 and have won their last 15 regular-season games at Lambeau.
To win this game, the Jets need to hold off Rodgers, who feels the tide is changing with his team. The Jets defense, that has 12 sacks this season, needs to put pressure on Rodgers (sacked 11 times this season) early. Zach Wilson will need to continue to spread the ball around the field and hit different targets, including Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios. The ground game will be important, as the Packers have allowed five rushing touchdowns this season.
Betting Odds (Courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of 10/14):
Spread: Packers (-7)
Moneyline: Packers (-315); Jets (+260)
I LOVE the over this week. This game is set up to be a high-scoring affair in Wisconsin. I will be hammering the over 45.5. Look for Hall to get the call on a majority of the plays in the red zone and to have another touchdown this week.
My picks: Over 45.5; Breece Hall Anytime TD +170
(Photo: New York Jets/Cropped)