When the NFL schedule was announced this spring, many in Packer Nation may have penciled in W’s next to the back-to-back New York teams listed on Green Bay’s October schedule.

Sure, the Big Apple teams both went 4-13 in 2021 and the Jets won only two games two years ago while the Giants won six.  The Jets are trying to end an ominous streak—they have not been in the playoffs in 11 years, the league’s longest active absence.

What a difference a year can make.

Green Bay collapsed in the second half and blew a 14-point lead in a disappointing 27-22 loss to the Giants in London last week.  And the task doesn’t get any easier with the road-warrior Jets flying high into Lambeau Field on Sunday for a 12 noon contest.

New York has stockpiled high draft picks and it’s paying off as the Jets are no longer NFL doormats.  In fact, they are 3-2 and coming off an impressive 40-17 rout of the Miami Dolphins and reside just one game back of the 4-1 Buffalo Bills in the NFC East Standings.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has not lost back-to-back games in his young NFL career, but his 3-2 team will have to shake off the rigors of international travel and put together more than one half of football to keep that streak intact.

And he especially does not want that impressive string broken by the Jets, coached by his close friend, Robert Saleh, and where his younger brother, Mike, serves as the offensive coordinator.

LaFleur insists it’s just the next opponent on the schedule.

“I don’t think about it for two seconds,” LaFleur said.  “I really don’t.  It’s about trying to prepare our team.  Everybody is just the next opponent.”

After the trip to London, Green Bay will attempt to rebound in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field and put together a complete game:  both on offense and defense.  All units have shown flashes of stellar and subpar play in the first five games of the season, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers feels the offense is not far off from putting it all together.

“I expect that typical stretch coming up at some point where we really get hot,” said Rodgers, who had rehabbed his right thumb all week that was sore from the hit he took attempting to launch a Hail Mary on the final play of the Giants game.  “Hopefully that’s right around the corner.”

Rodgers is confident despite the inconsistent play and “just misses” on some downfield shots in recent weeks.

“I know this game, there’s ebbs and flows to it,” he said.  “It’s not going to affect my confidence.  It actually makes you overcommunicate I think because you care about it so much and want to have success. . .  we’ve got to start hitting some of those in-the-pocket things when we get opportunities, but a lot of it’s just been the little details on some of the routes and me and the receivers not being on the same page. ”

New York features the league’s 10-ranked defense in yards allowed and has exerted pressure on opponents all season with 32 quarterback hits.  The Jets’ ball-hawking secondary has seven interceptions already this season.

The Packers defense will attempt to pressure quarterback Zach Wilson and contain playmaking running back Breece Hall, who set a franchise rookie record with 197 total yards of offense last week.

The Jets have rallied from behind in road wins at Cleveland and Pittsburgh and have outscored opponents 58-20 in the fourth quarter.  A formidable challenge awaits Green Bay Sunday.

And a challenging three-game road trips looms with games at Washington, Buffalo, and Detroit to close out October and enter November.

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Packers 27, Jets 21 Green Bay will have to put together a near complete game to take care of business at home.  Look for LaFleur to again rely on running game as Rodgers continues to develop chemistry with receivers on the fly.