New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's checklist to successfully shut down the Green Bay Packers includes counting on quarterback Aaron Rodgers to stay in bed.
That's probably not going to happen, so the Jets' secondary is on its own Sunday at Lambeau Field in the Packers' home opener.
Safety Antonio Allen made his first NFL start at cornerback last week and fared pretty well when New York faced Oakland. Career backup Darrin Walls started at the opposite corner. First-round draft pick Calvin Pryor started at safety. The Jets won 19-14.
But it's one thing to beat the Raiders and rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Rodgers and the Packers are at a whole different level.
Except for last week, when the Seahawks' punishing defense contained the Packers in the NFL opener. Rodgers didn't have his best game, going 23 of 33 for 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
No Richard Sherman to contend with Sunday, though. No Antonio Cromartie, either, for that matter; the former Jets cornerback is now with Arizona.
The secondary will be in the spotlight facing Rodgers and the receiving duo of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
"Well, shoot, I feel a lot better about my corners than the experts do, I guess," Ryan said. "Everybody thinks that we can't play there."
Still, no one in Green Bay is underestimating Ryan.
"Anytime you have a creative schemer like Rex, you can come up with some stuff that you just don't see all of the time with the different personnel packages they put out there," Rodgers said.