Although Green Bay managed to beat Minnesota last Sunday night, the Packers' defense was gashed for 196 yards rushing by the Vikings, including 131 yards by running back Adrian Peterson alone. But Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says the Jets running game is even better.
"They've got two excellent runners, and they do a very good job of spreading the ball between Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson," McCarthy said. "It's a complete run game. You've got two fullbacks in Tony Richardson and [John] Conner that can play and lead block. We think it's the best run team we've played to date."
The Packers gave up 150 yards rushing to Miami the previous week in an overtime loss. No doubt, the Jets will try to establish their ground-and-pound philosophy, first, because it keeps prolific Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers off the field, and second, because an effective running game can help slow the Packers' league-leading pass rush.
"It helps, it definitely does," Jets center Nick Mangold said. "It keeps them honest a little bit, and we've got a pretty good rushing offense ourselves. It should be exciting to see what we can do."