The Jets believe they boast one of the NFL's top offensive lines. They'll get another shot at proving just that when the Packers come rolling into town for Sunday's tilt at New Meadowlands Stadium.
Green Bay has terrorized opposing quarterbacks, posting 22 sacks through their first seven games. LB Clay Matthews leads the league in sacks with 8 1/2, spearheading a defensive front that has the Jets' attention.
"They are going to be coming from everywhere," RT Damien Woody said. "They've got an aggressive blitz package. Their defensive coordinator [Dom Capers] spent time in Pittsburgh, New England. So he’s got a lot of stuff up his sleeve as far as how they are going to attack you defensively.
"We got a good look at them today and they do a lot of different stuff. So we’ve definitely got our work cut out for us."
That includes handling the Packers' crazy blitzing schemes up front.
"They have this package called the 'Psycho' package, where they have one defensive line man and they have a whole bunch of linebackers," Woody said. "And they just roam around and basically just try to confuse you. So, we’ve already started doing our work on that. It’s a pretty complex package. They do a lot of things in that defensive scheme and we’ve just got to be ready for it."
However, QB Mark Sanchez didn't seem overly worried about it.
"It's one those things where you just get up and play," he said. "You have a feeling after going through it so many times, seeing similar looks for our defense that you know when they are bringing one too many and just get the ball out of your hands. You can kind of just feel it and then you've got a guy like Nick [Mangold] up front.
"He handles so much and does a good job, especially last year. And this year, I'm just starting to help him and we'll be on the same page. We'll rep it during the week, we'll be ready for it. If it's one of those things were if we have to adjust on the fly, we'll be able to do that."
Perhaps no one needs to be as ready as Woody, though. He knows he's about to face a stiff challenge in keeping Matthews, a playmaking machine, out of the backfield.
"He predominantly lines up over me, so I’m going to be going against him pretty much the whole day," Woody said. "He’s a good football player. He leads the league in sacks and plus I think he missed one or two games. And that’s what makes it even more impressive. He’s a high motor guy. He definitely plays to the whistle. So it’s going to be a good matchup, no question."
A matchup Woody is eagerly anticipating.
"As a competitor, you definitely relish that matchup," he said. "The guy is making a serious case for defensive MVP so far in the league. So as a competitor, you definitely look forward to these type of games. The Packers are coming off a great win. This year, they’ve had a hard time closing out games and they finally did that against Minnesota. So, they are probably feeling pretty ecstatic about that, and they are going to be coming in here feeling really good about themselves, which they should.
"So it’s going to make for a good matchup this week."