Green Bay Packers Vs. New York Jets: What Charles Woodson, Co. Need to Do

Nicholas SteblenkoContributor IIIOctober 28, 2010

The defense will be the focus this Sunday in New York, just not the defense most people think
The defense will be the focus this Sunday in New York, just not the defense most people thinkJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Green Bay has had its share of ups and downs so far this season, and Sunday night should have been no surprise to anyone either.

The Packers played the same game and barely squeaked out a win against the Vikings.

But they still won it.

The defense came up huge and won the game. Desmond Bishop took a wobbly Brett Favre pass to the house and put the Packers' winning score on the board.

Reminiscent of Charles Woodson against the Lions? Absolutely.

The defense is the story this season, because the second half offense isn't there. No matter what happens, the run game has been faltering, and defenses are geared up to defend the pass once they get a look at halftime. For some reason, it just isn't working.

But big play defense is still a possibility in Green Bay. Woodson is the obvious leader right now, but other players are going to have to step up and make big plays if they want to be successful against the efficient Jets offense. Tramon Williams has been filling in pretty nicely so far with the absence of Al Harris, but the safeties have been lacking.

This game may hinge on an interception coming from a player like Nick Collins coming over the top on a deep ball to either Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes.

Mark Sanchez may not be flashy, but he can still spread the ball around enough while New York moves the chains with LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene on the ground.

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His receiving corps is improved with the addition of Santonio Holmes but has also seen production out of their tight end, Dustin Keller. Keller may prove to be the major mismatch in this game unless the Green Bay linebackers can stretch the field from side to side.

A.J. Hawk will have to improve his play, even though he had a pick in last week's game with Minnesota. He has been a missing factor amongst the depleted linebacking corps.

If the Packers can contain the run and cause a big turnover or two, they might just walk out of New York with a victory. Moving to 5-3 would put them in an excellent position moving forward, giving them confidence that they can take down one of the league's best in the Jets.