Packers-Jets matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Oct. 30, 2010 @ 3:10 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Here’s a look at a key matchup heading into the Week Eight battle between the Packers and Jets:

Packers RBs Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn vs. Jets LB corps 

Jackson and Kuhn continue to defy the critics who continue to call out the Packers’ so-called inferior ground game. Jackson, in particular, is exceeding expectations in a starting role in place of the injured Ryan Grant, averaging a respectable 4.5 yards per carry, He is going more north and south on a regular basis and is using his blocks well in the open field. The burly Kuhn continues to make positive yardage most of the time when called upon but has come up short more often than not near the goal line.

For Green Bay to have a chance against the Jets, it will have to make the Jets at least respect its ground game. The Jets' two key run defenders are ILBs David Harris and Bart Scott, arguably the best starting ILB tandem in the league. Harris has a team-leading 40 tackles, eight more than his nearest pursuer, and is relentless in his pursuit. Scott, who likes to pop off on occasion, is third on the team with 30 tackles and has one forced fumble.

Jets starting OLBs Calvin Pace, who is still not back to 100 percent after missing the first four weeks of the season due to foot surgery, and Bryan Thomas, who leaves the field in passing situations in favor of veteran Jason Taylor, will also likely run into Jackson and Kuhn on first and second downs throughout the game on Sunday.