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Here's a look at a key matchup heading into the Week Eight battle between the Packers and Jets:
Packers WR Greg Jennings vs. Jets CB Darrelle Revis
Revis said early this week that the sore hamstring that forced him to miss two games and limited him in several others is 100 percent with the benefit of a bye-week layoff. If Jets head coach Rex Ryan takes the player arguably considered to be the league's best shutdown corner at his word, Revis will likely be entrusted with defending Jennings, with fellow CB Antonio Cromartie concentrating on Green Bay's secondary receivers, led by either Donald Driver (thigh; check status) or James Jones, who is coming off a strong outing.
The silky-smooth Jennings has come on as of late, averaging 15 yards per catch with a team-leading 390 yards receiving and five of the Packers' 12 TD catches. Jennings did a number on Minnesota's Asher Allen on his 14-yard TD catch vs. Minnesota and has four of his TDs in the last five games. He has 207 yards receiving the last two games, but it remains to be seen if he can keep producing those kind of totals on "Revis Island," where most teams' No. 1 pass catchers end up sinking more than swimming.
Jennings' encounters with Revis on third down will be particularly worth watching, as Jennings was the league's most productive receiver on third down last season. The Packers haven't been nearly as good on third down this season, but they did convert 6-of-11 third downs last Sunday night and likely will need similar success this Sunday.