The Green Bay Packers know they’re in for a challenge when they face cornerback Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots on Sunday, but this time, they’re not going to avoid the five-time Pro Bowler.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw a single pass in the direction of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman during their Week 1 matchup, and all the Pack got in return was a 36-16 loss. Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal on Friday that the only way they can beat the Patriots is if they keep all of their options open.
“We’re not shying away from anybody,” Van Pelt said. “(The Seattle) game was down the road. We’re past that … I don’t think it’s changed this game plan or our approach. But you do take away what you learned and get a chance to apply it differently.”
But just because the Packers plan to throw the football in Revis’ direction, it doesn’t mean that they think it’ll be easy.
“He may not have quite the long speed that he had (before his 2012 knee surgery),” Van Pelt said. “But, shoot, he’s still in tight coverage the majority of the day, and he’s breaking up passes when they come in there. He’s still playing at an extremely high level.
“He’s probably a better man guy in press than off. He uses his size and his length. He’s still Revis. You’ve still got to know where he is on the field and who he’s covering because he’s still a hell of a player.”
If Revis’ only matchup against Rodgers and the Packers is a good representation of how he plays against them, then it won’t matter if Rodgers looks his way Sunday. Revis allowed only one catch for 11 yards on four targets in that 2010 game.
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