Keys to a Jets victory against the Packers

The Jets offensive line has protected Mark Sanchez well, allowing only 9 sacks.

ESPN’s Scouts Inc. broke down the Jets-Packers matchup and offered 10 thoughts on the game.  Here are four key to victory they posted on the Jets.  Also, they predict the Jets to come away with a 23-20 victory on Sunday.

The Jets need to establish a physical ground attack: The Packers are banged-up on defense, and the Jets are coming off a bye. New York’s strength is pounding the football with a physical running game, while Green Bay has been inconsistent defending the run. Look for a good dose of RBs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene in this week’s matchup.

Keep Sanchez clean in the pocket: The Packers are excellent rushing the passer (22 sacks), and Jets QB Mark Sanchez is prone to mistakes when under pressure. The Jets have been very solid protecting their young quarterback (yielding only 9 sacks thus far). Look for more slide protection as well as keeping an extra blocker in to keep Sanchez clean in the pocket.

Stay aggressive but smart on defense: The Jets have played much better since using different pressure packages on defense. Coach Rex Ryan and his staff have mixed in more zone blitzes along with their straight man-coverage all-out pressure packages since losing to the Ravens in Week 1. The Packers have enough talented offensive weapons to hurt the Jets if they aren’t smart with their game plan.

Keep an eye on the Packers’ screen game: The Packers have a sophisticated downfield passing attack but often go to a variety of screens to move the chains when they sputter or when facing an aggressive defense (such as the Jets’). New York’s defenders need to be aware of the Packers’ effective screen schemes.

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