Antonio Allen vs A.J. Green
Antonio Allen has never played cornerback on the college or professional level, so it makes sense that his first task at the position would be one of the best wide receivers in the game.
Since being drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, A.J. Green has been one of the league's most dangerous wideouts. He's registered 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons, and he's put up 29 touchdowns over that span.
With a 6'4'' frame and 4.5 speed, Green is a tough cover for even the best corners in the game, let alone one with no experience at the position.
Allen has had a difficult time adjusting to his new job, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. The South Carolina product was beaten several times in this week's practices, including by Eric Decker for an easy touchdown.
While he possesses great athleticism and a good frame, Allen needs to have the game of his life to slow down Green, who should play at least a few series at the start of the contest.
Sheldon Richardson vs. Marshall Newhouse
While Allen vs. Green seems like an unfairly one-sided matchup, Sheldon Richardson and Andre Smith would be an intense battle between two of the best at their respective positions.
Richardson is the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year and one of the most complete defensive ends in football. He's terrific at both stopping the run and rushing the passer from the edge.
Smith, the sixth overall pick in 2009, has been one of the most consistent and solid offensive tackles in the game in recent years. He's particularly tough in pass protection.
Smith, however, has remained on the sidelines for most of training camp with a concussion, and he's likely to miss Saturday's contest, according to Jason Marcum of the Cincy Jungle.
Marshall Newhouse, who is a huge step down from Smith, is expected to start at right tackle. Richardson, who has been waiting for this rematch, should dominate the inferior opponent.
David Harris and Demario Davis vs. Giovani Bernard
Giovani Bernard ran for less than 700 yards, but he still ranks among the most dangerous running backs in the NFL.
Bernard averaged a solid 4.1 yards per carry while catching 56 passes for 514 yards and totaling eight touchdowns.
The North Carolina product has the ability to tear defenses apart with poor linebacker play. However, New York has a pair of linebackers who are capable of shutting down the youngster.
David Harris and Demario Davis are one of the few linebacker tandems with the speed and athleticism to catch up to and slow down Bernard.
Whoever gets the advantage between Bernard and the pair of inside linebackers could end up deciding the game on Saturday.
Jets' X-Factor of the Week: Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson is expected to be one of New York's most productive offensive players in 2014, but on Saturday, he needs to be even more than that.
With Chris Ivory questionable to play, Johnson will be relied upon to receive most of Gang Green's carries.
While Johnson isn't the same player as he once was, he expects to perform well in a new offensive system, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.
The Bengals have possessed one of the league's finest run defenses in recent seasons, so Johnson's performance could give us a good idea of how well he will perform in 2014.
Without a doubt, the Jets will win if CJ2K reverts back to his old self on Saturday.