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Game of the Week: Packers at Jets
For Green Bay, the 2009 campaign has been anything but consistent. After taking care of business against Philadelphia and Buffalo, the Packers dropped three of the next four, highlighted by two overtime heartbreaks and a record-setting penalty performance versus Chicago. A barn-burner against putrid Detroit did little to alleviate apprehension amongst the Cheesehead faithful. Worse, Green Bay was waging a war with the injury bug, losing running back Ryan Grant, linebacker Nick Barnett, and tight-end Jermichael Finley for the season.
So you can imagine the fear and fretfulness that filled Lambeau Field when the hated Vikings and Packer pariah Brett Favre came to town in Week 8. Although still short of the halfway marker, each team's season stood in the balance, as Minnesota had stumbled out of the gate to the tune of a 2-3 record. Fueled by Aaron Rodgers' 295-yard, two-touchdown performance, and aided by three Favre interceptions, the Packers escaped 28-24 to right the ship and reestablished themselves as the team to beat in the NFC North.
Meanwhile, the Jets head into this clash of the titans with the best record in the NFL (shared with the Steelers) at 5-1. After an opening night blunder against Baltimore, New York has asserted its' dominance against divisional foes New England, Miami, and Buffalo. As one might suspect, the Gang Green D has been the backbone of this brilliance, allowing only 3.5 rushing yards per attempt and surrendering just two touchdowns on the ground. As a unit, the New York defense is holding opponents to 16.8 points per contest, 4th best in the NFL. This mark is even more impressive when accounting for the absence of a healthy Darrelle Revis (who recently proclaimed he's 100% recovered from a hamstring injury).
Yet one would be remiss not to mention the contributions on the offensive end for the Jets. A rejuvenated and refocused LaDainian Tomlinson has been an adrenaline shot for the rushing attack, which ranks 2nd in the NFL with 159.2 yards per game. Mark Sanchez, viewed as the weak link in the proverbial chain during New York's 2009 playoff run, has been remarkably efficient and protective of the ball. During his rookie campaign, the former Trojan QB was a turnover machine, as Sanchez threw 20 completions to men in non-New York jerseys. However, through six games in 2010, Sanchez has thrown nine touchdowns with just two picks. With newly acquired Santonio Holmes still adjusting to the offensive scheme, the aerial assault is now an asset, rather than an Achilles' heel, for the Jets.
So who comes out victorious in the WhatIfSports Game of the Week? According to our NFL simulation engine, the Packers win 53.7-percent of the time by an average score of 18-17. For the rest of the WhatIfSports Week 8 predictions, check below:
NFL Week 8
|@ Dallas Cowboys||71.7||28||Simulate Game|
|@ Kansas City Chiefs||66.1||25||Simulate Game|
|@ San Diego Chargers||60.3||25||Simulate Game|
|@ Cincinnati Bengals||56.0||18||Simulate Game|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||46.2||18||Boxscore|
|@ Arizona Cardinals||53.8||20||Simulate Game|
|@ San Francisco 49ers||48.3||21||Simulate Game|
|Green Bay Packers||53.7||18||Boxscore|
|@ New York Jets||46.3||17||Simulate Game|
|@ New England Patriots||39.6||19||Simulate Game|
|@ Oakland Raiders||40.0||16||Simulate Game|
|@ Indianapolis Colts||36.0||24||Simulate Game|
|@ St. Louis Rams||25.0||15||Simulate Game|
|@ Detroit Lions||25.0||18||Simulate Game|
|@ New Orleans Saints||24.0||17||Simulate Game|
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