Smart Guys: How we're picking Sunday's game

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Pete Dougherty (1-0)

Packers 30,Jets 13

The Packers have had 10 days to regroup after being blown out in Seattle in the opener and figure to play much better in their home opener. Jets coach Rex Ryan runs a good defense, but chances are he won't be able to stop Aaron Rodgers from exploiting his weakened secondary.

Weston Hodkiewicz (1-0)

Packers 31,Jets 17

Rex Ryan's defenses have been tough even when the New York Jets have struggled in the win column. Still, there's a big opportunity for the Packers' offense to rebound against a young secondary that lacks depth. Aaron Rodgers tends to do his best work following an ugly loss. He'll need a clean pocket, but the no-huddle should operate with better efficiency inside Lambeau Field so long as the Packers' defense holds up its end of the bargain.

Ryan Wood (1-0)

Packers 31,Jets 20

The Packers already were more talented than the Jets. Now, they're also angry. Green Bay has had 10 days to stew over the bitterly disappointing start to its season in Seattle. Back in friendly Lambeau Field for their home opener, expect the Packers to clean up the sloppy fundamentals that doomed them against the Seahawks. The tackling will be cleaner. The offense will be crisper. And, this time, the scoreboard will be flipped.

Robert Zizzo (1-0)

Packers 27,Jets 20

The matchup says Green Bay could have trouble in this one: New York runs the ball and defends the run very well. One big intangible, however, tilts this one the Packers' way: Green Bay is coming off a road loss and usually plays well the next week. The Jets' secondary has injury problems and wasn't really tested last week against Oakland's rookie QB. Count on Aaron Rodgers to exploit this.

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