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Dan Leberfeld.....Battered Packers still a challenge


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Nov 30, 2006

In a lot of ways, the NFL is a war of attrition.

Success in the league isn't just predicated on factors like talent and strategy, but also by which teams can stay the healthiest.

And when you look at the injury situations entering Sunday's game between the Jets and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, Gang Green has a big advantage.

The Jets are an amazingly healthy team for this time of year. After 11 games, they have very few significant injuries. Basically, the only injuries of note this week are fullback B.J. Askew's sprained foot, defensive tackle Rashad Moore's broken hand and linebacker Bryan Thomas's shoulder ailment.

As for the Packers, their trainer's room is much more crowded, and so is their injured reserve list. The Packers have 11 players out for the year.

Their offensive line is a mess, and they have been forced to start three rookies -- guards Jason Spitz and Daryn Colledge along with right tackle Tony Moll. Not helping matters is the hamstring injury to the team's only experienced starter, left tackle Chad Clifton.

Expect a lot of exotic blitzes and stunts from Jets coach Eric Mangini and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton to take advantage of these three youngsters.

Favre is dealing with injuries to his right elbow and groin. (AP)

Also, Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis should be able to dominate Moll, who not only is a rookie but only played offensive tackle for one year at Nevada. Most of his career for the Wolfpack was spent at tight end.

And speaking of tight ends, David Martin has a serious rib injury and might not be able to play. So Moll might not be able to get as much help as he wants. The Packers like to play a lot of two- tight end sets with Martin and Daniel "Bubba" Franks.

The skill-position players who line up behind the front line also have some maladies.

Quarterback Brett Favre not only has a right elbow injury, but a groin problem. The elbow could impact his legendary fastball and the groin his ability to step into throws. Two weeks ago against New England, the groin seemed to impact his accuracy, prior to Tully Banta-Cain knocking him out with a hit that injured his elbow. He was hopping some throws.

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before the season even started the most important thing I saw as a key to our season was staying healthy and how much it can impact a team.I always go back to Parcells' 1998 team and how week in and week out we had maybe one or two players even hurt (Chrebet missed some games I remember) but that year I learned something about the league in this era.Mangini has made some great moves shuffling guys in and out and on and off the roster-especially in the DB positions

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Jets will have no problem if the defense from weeks 8 1/2 - 12 shows up. If the defense from the first 8 1/2 games shows up, though, the Packers can pose a major problem.

no coincidence that the minute this defense started playing better was when Dwayne Robertson's play at the nose got consistent.Just like everybody had been saying-"all the we need a big ass NT" people (myself included)...check out Mangini's PC from today Troll he talks A LOT about how Vilma's defensive play calling has really been making a difference and his selfless attitude-comparing him to Bruschi finally "getting it" when he was at "the other place"

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Expect a lot of exotic blitzes and stunts from Jets coach Eric Mangini and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton to take advantage of these three youngsters.

Green Bay always plays max protect on passing plays. Favre has a quick release and avoids rush well good pocket presence

Favre is dealing with injuries to his right elbow and groin. (AP)

Also, Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis should be able to dominate Moll, who not only is a rookie but only played offensive tackle for one year at Nevada. Most of his career for the Wolfpack was spent at tight end.

And speaking of tight ends, David Martin has a serious rib injury and might not be able to play. So Moll might not be able to get as much help as he wants. The Packers like to play a lot of two- tight end sets with Martin and Daniel "Bubba" Franks.

Wasn't an issue with the last game against the Hawks

The skill-position players who line up behind the front line also have some maladies.

Quarterback Brett Favre not only has a right elbow injury, but a groin problem. The elbow could impact his legendary fastball and the groin his ability to step into throws. Two weeks ago against New England, the groin seemed to impact his accuracy, prior to Tully Banta-Cain knocking him out with a hit that injured his elbow. He was hopping some throws.

The Packers’ featured tailback, Ahman Green, is generally held out of practice on Wednesday to rest a pair of bad knees. The team is also limiting his carries to 20 or less to protect him.

And at receiver, things aren't much better. Robert Ferguson (foot) and Shaun Bodiford (leg) are on injured reserve, and rookie starter Greg Jennings has been hobbled with a sprained ankle most of the season. I noticed you didn't mention Donald Driver one of the league leaders. Driver will tear up a weaker secondary.

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Expect a lot of exotic blitzes and stunts from Jets coach Eric Mangini and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton to take advantage of these three youngsters.

Green Bay always plays max protect on passing plays. Favre has a quick release and avoids rush well good pocket presence

Favre is dealing with injuries to his right elbow and groin. (AP)

Also, Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis should be able to dominate Moll, who not only is a rookie but only played offensive tackle for one year at Nevada. Most of his career for the Wolfpack was spent at tight end.

And speaking of tight ends, David Martin has a serious rib injury and might not be able to play. So Moll might not be able to get as much help as he wants. The Packers like to play a lot of two- tight end sets with Martin and Daniel "Bubba" Franks.

Wasn't an issue with the last game against the Hawks

The skill-position players who line up behind the front line also have some maladies.

Quarterback Brett Favre not only has a right elbow injury, but a groin problem. The elbow could impact his legendary fastball and the groin his ability to step into throws. Two weeks ago against New England, the groin seemed to impact his accuracy, prior to Tully Banta-Cain knocking him out with a hit that injured his elbow. He was hopping some throws.

The Packers’ featured tailback, Ahman Green, is generally held out of practice on Wednesday to rest a pair of bad knees. The team is also limiting his carries to 20 or less to protect him.

And at receiver, things aren't much better. Robert Ferguson (foot) and Shaun Bodiford (leg) are on injured reserve, and rookie starter Greg Jennings has been hobbled with a sprained ankle most of the season. I noticed you didn't mention Donald Driver one of the league leaders. Driver will tear up a weaker secondary.

Right on Ray! Hope the Jets are as overconfident as some of their fans! Fergy and Bodiford? Hope they spent time game-planning for them!!

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going on a game to game performance. the rb's and db's are the weakest link right now. farve is a warrior and driver has been the best underrated wr in the league. it's going to come down to an airstrike by both teams which means who ever has the ball last will win. if the jets d line can upset farve and he starts to throw interceptions late in the game we will win.

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