This is former Jets receiving great Wayne Chrebet’s eighth blog this season for newyorkjets.com:
The question that I’ve been asked most often this week is whether the bye week would help or hurt the team. The byes come at different times for different teams. Some teams unfortunately have really early byes. Even though the Jets are riding a five-game win streak, I don’t think the week off will hurt them too much. Most important thing that the week off does is give the hurt players some time off their feet. A little extra time to heal. I know Revis and Pace will really benefit from this time off.
It will help the whole team in two different ways. The young and the old. The Jets have a good group of young talent that are getting some quality playing time. For the rookies, this will be all new for them. They’ve played 10 games including the preseason. For some guys right out of college that’s a whole season. With 10 to go, this will help them get mentally prepared for what will seem to them another full season.
I read a lot that the young guys go back to watch their college teams. I think that’s great. They stand on the sideline, get a great cheer from the fans, spend some time with their old teammates. I think that’s a thrill, to have made it into the NFL and come back and be celebrated for that. It doesn’t hurt that the Jets are in first place. The Jets are the talk of the NFL, I’m sure these kids are bombarded with the “What’s this like? What’s that like? What’s it feel like to do this? You think you guys can win it?” I love it. Certainly better than my first bye week in the league. The big question I was asked was “Are you guys going to win a game?” Still I felt on top of the world standing on the sideline of my alma mater.
The team also has its share of veterans, or old guys as the rookies would call us. It’s different. At this point in their careers they have a good idea of how to take care of their bodies. In my first couple of years I spent the bye weeks going out every night, hanging with friends, maybe celebrating too much. Into the middle of my career and towards the end, I figured out that lying on the couch and taking a little vacation to somewhere warm was the best remedy for the aches and pains from the first half of the season.
The key to the bye week is staying sharp. They played great football so far. Some tough, nail-biting games, but they came up with the victory. The time off really gives you a chance to assess the season, step back and see what you’ve accomplished, and more importantly what you hope to for the rest of the season. You ever have something to do and you stand there for a minute, take a deep breath, exhale and say, “OK, here we go”? That’s what it’s like. You step back into the training facility, take a big breath and you’re off.
The game against the Packers this week is at home and on Halloween. Are you kidding me? How great is that? You take 70,000 Jets fans and put them in costumes, sounds like a party to me. I will be going to the game. I think it would be pretty funny if I was walking through the stadium in full pads, number 80 on my back, eye black and all. Just a thought. Don’t know if I have the guts to do it.
The Packers don’t look like the Packers from last year but they’re still a good team. They are good on both sides of the ball. Defense has some all-stars. Woodson was the defensive player of the year last year and Clay Matthews Jr. looks like the real thing. Just to name a few. They have a very good offense that can put big numbers on the board. Offensive line played great this past week vs. the Vikings. Didn’t give up a sack. Even with that, Rodgers looked really out of sync with his receivers on some plays. Hopefully the Jets defense can get to him early and force him into some bad decisions. He has shown this year that he will throw some interceptions.
My feeling is that while it’s a great matchup, I think the Jets have a slight advantage in the game. They seem a lot hungrier. Not to look too far ahead, but after this game the next two, although on the road, are against Detroit and Cleveland. Two teams that they will have a great chance of beating. It all starts (again) this week.
Tags: Aaron Rodgers, bye week, Green Bay Packers, Halloween, Wayne Chrebet
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