Even with Darrelle Revis injured for much of the season, the Jets have won five straight and sport a 5-1 record. WIth a win over the Patriots, they hold the tiebreaker over New England in the AFC East. Things are looking good, but things change quickly in the NFL.
Want more good news for the Jets? They are about to enter the easy portion of their schedule. They get Detroit and Cleveland on the road after Green Bay and then return home to face Cincinnati. Only then do they face a critical rematch with New England. If the Jets win Sunday, they appear on the fast track to a 9-1 mark entering that game.
Of course, the Packers are no pushover. Aaron Rodgers, when the Packers keep him upright, is among the game's top quarterbacks. That's a big if, though, and the Jets' complex blitz schemes will could put him on his back. Green Bay can't stay healthy -- the Packers have 12 players on injured reserve. Tight end Jermichael Finley is out for the year, depriving Rodgers of a top target. The Jets' pass defense may give up a lot of yards per game, but it does limit the yards per attempt. The biggest thing in the way of a Jets victory is Mark Sanchez, who has completed only 51.4 percent of his passes in his last two games. It may not be pretty, but the Jets should win.