Packers Passing Attack Faces Tough Test Against Jets
The New York Jets will have their best defender, cornerback Darrelle Revis, back at full strength for their match-up with the Green Bay Packers, this Sunday — something that isn’t good news for the team’s passing attack.
The Jets are coming off a bye and Revis says he’s 100 percent for the first time since he injured his hamstring in week two. Revis missed the next two games.
“I’m ready to go, I’ll be there Sunday,” Revis said. “We did everything we could this week, this week helped out for me to stay here and get all the treatment I need to get so I’m ready to go. I’m 100 percent.”
Revis played the past two weeks, but was clearly bothered by the injury. He has only seven tackles and no interceptions, this season, after finishing as the runner up to Charles Woodson for the defensive player of the year, last season.
The Packers passing attack could be in trouble with Revis likely matching up with Greg Jennings. Revis, who has shut down some of the league’s best receivers, could severely limit Jennings’ production.
Meanwhile, Donald Driver is battling a quad injury that limited his playing time and effectiveness in the Packers’ victory over Minnesota. Driver’s team-record consecutive games with a reception streak was snapped in the game.
The Jets second cornerback, Antonio Cromartie, has 17 tackles and two interceptions on the year and seems to have regained the form that made him an All Pro with San Diego in 2007.
When you add it all up, the Packers will need more production from their tight ends, receivers James Jones and Jordy Nelson, and probably running back Brandon Jackson in the passing game, than they’ve got through the first seven games of the season.
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