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Packers At Jets: When the Packers Have the Ball

(Sports Network) - Favre-successor Aaron Rodgers has been consistently elite in matchups with AFC opposition, completing 60.9 percent of his 340 throws for 2,794 yards, 18 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 97.4 passer rating in 10 games. He’s gone for at least 290 passing yards in three straight games and leads all NFL quarterbacks with three rushing touchdowns. In seven games this season, Rodgers has gone 150-for-235 for 1,841 yards, 12 touchdowns and an 89.0 rating. The yardage total is second in the NFC, while his touchdown clip is third. An emergency fill-in for the injured Ryan Grant, running back Brandon Jackson has emerged with 326 scrimmage yards in his last three games, an average of 108.7 per week. Among Rodgers’ targets, Jennings has touchdowns in four of his last five games and averages 19.2 yards per catch against the AFC. Wide receiver James Jones went for 100-plus yards for the first time this season against Minnesota, while Donald Driver caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in his last game against the Jets.

The Jets’ defense has been both suffocating and maddening at the same time in 2010, allowing 16.8 points per game to rank fourth in the NFL even though the opposition passing output of 229 yards per week is good for just 22nd in the league. Put them together and it’s 12th overall for a unit much-hyped by ex- Baltimore coordinator-turned-New York head coach Ryan. Rushing linebacker Calvin Pace has been hampered by a preseason foot injury and is nearing 100 percent, while cornerback Darrelle Revis — who missed some time this year with a hamstring strain — has proclaimed himself fully healthy after last week’s bye. Run stopping has been the consistent hallmark for New York, with the Jets allowing just 3.48 yards per attempt on 155 carries. Lineman Shaun Ellis leads the team with 3 1/2 sacks, while cornerback and offseason acquisition Antonio Cromartie has picked off a team-best two passes while holding up his end opposite the gimpy Revis. Among the linebackers, veteran Jason Taylor seeks a fourth straight game with a sack against the Packers. His colleague, David Harris, leads the team with 40 tackles.