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Fresh off their 19-14 Week 1 victory, the New York Jets will head to Green Bay to face the Packers. The Packers were embarrassed by Seattle, 36-16, on opening night. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 32 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Running back Ed Lacy suffered a concussion and his status is in question for this match-up. Seattle ran for 150 yards in their Week 1 over Green Bay so look for the Jets to run the ball to keep Rodgers and Co. off the field. The Jets ran for 175 yards in their Week 1 victory over the Raiders. Chris Ivory turned in the play of the day by taking a hand-off off left tackle for a 71-yard touchdown.

Oakland’s rookie quarterback, Derek Carr, completed 20-of-32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets. Carr does not have Randall Cobb or Nelson at his disposal nor does he have the ability of Aaron Rodgers. Look for Rodgers and Co. to come out throwing during their home opener.

Current NFL odds list the Packers as 9.5-point home favorites. This spread seems a little light, but underdogs went 10-3 against the spread during Week 1. In addition, the Jets showed the ability ┬áto control the clock with their run game. Expect a heavy dosage of New York’s ‘Chris Backfield’ and a cover at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field!

Official Pick: NY Jets +9.5

Clemson Tailback, CJ Spiller has had a very impressive college career. Spiller scored 51 TDs in 4 seasons, 20 TDs during his Senior season. Spiller ran for 1200 Yards and 12 TDs, had 500 receiving yards and 4 TDs and 4 Special Teams Touchdowns. Spiller scored at least 1 Touchdown in each of his 14 games this season. Spiller’s dual-threat ability out of the backfield has garnered him comparisons to Titans All-Pro Running Back, Chris Johnson.

During his senior season at East Carolina in 2007, Johnson ran for 1423 yards and had 17 rushing TDs. Johnson had 537 receiving yards and 6 TDs. Johnson also netted 1 special teams touchdown. Chris Johnson is best known for his NFL combine workout in which he ran a 4.24 second 40-yard dash. While the NFL combine does not take place until next month, Spiller has similar breakway speed that NFL teams covet.

Spiller and Chris Johnson had similar evaluations going into the NFL draft. Dynamic play markers, incapable of being every down backs, will be drafted by teams with an incumbent running back. Chris Johnson has proved the nay-sayers wrong thus far and I expect Spiller to have an immediate impact on NFL.

Most NFL draft publications have Spiller slotted as a mid-1st round pick. Picks 14-19 are comprised by Seahawks, Giants, Titans, 49ers, Steelers and Falcons. Both the 49ers and Steerlers are intriguing landing destinations for Spiller. Often injured RB Frank Gore is 27 years old, but the Niners selected RB Glenn Coffee in last year’s draft. The Steelers are led by hard-nosed inside runner, Rashard Mendenhall. With Willie Parker’s NFL career likely over, Spiller makes sense for the Steelers, who are in dire need for a dynamic playmaker.

CJ Spiller will be a dynamic playmaker when he comes to the NFL. I will go on the record and say that Spiller will be Offensive Rookie of the Year if he lands in the right situation.