Cheers & Jeers: Trick Or Treat Edition

A look at the Jets Week 8 performance against the Packers.


The Jets' pass defense terrified Aaron Rodgers, as the Packers' quarterback completed 44 percent of his passes, for 170 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Green Bay tallied 237 yards of total offense and was unsuccessful on their lone red zone possession. The Jets defense gave their offensive counterpart every opportunity to capture the lead, a task Mark Sanchez and the offense failed to achieve. New York's stingy defenders limited the Packers to 2 - 14 on critical third down attempts. David Harris lead the way, with eight solo tackles, one sack and was in for three hits on Aaron Rodgers. Gang Green's defense is undeserving of any blame for the loss, as they held Green Bay to a mere three field goals and Aaron Rodgers was limited to a poor offensive showing.


With a shade under six minutes remaining in the first quarter, New York faced a fourth & 18 from their own 20-yard line. Punter Steve Weatherford faked the punt and dashed out towards the 38-yard line. The play was initially ruled a Jets first down but Packers coach Mike McCarthy challenged the spot of the ball, claiming that Weatherford stepped out of bounds shy of the first down marker. The ruling on the field was reversed meaning the Jets turned the ball over on downs, giving the Packers prime field position at the Jets 37-yard line. Green Bay would drive the ball down to the Jets two-yard line, with Mason Crosby connecting on a 20 yard field goal, accounting for the only points of the first half.


"It felt embarrassing to be shut out at home," right tackle Damien Woody said. "Our personnel and our coaching staff is too good for us to be shut out at home."

BIG STAT: The Jets were shut out for the first time since November 19, 2006, a 10-0 defeat to the eventual NFC champion Chicago Bears.


Mid-way through the third quarter, LaDanian Tomlinson upended Clay Matthews, (the NFL's leading pass rusher with 8.5 sacks), giving Sanchez ample time to find Jerricho Cotchery for a 49 yard strike down to the Green Bay 28 yard line. This would mark the Jets longest passing play of the game. On Sunday, Tomlinson also became the second player in NFL history to eclipse 13,000 rushing yards and 4,000 yards receiving, joining only Walter Payton on that list.


Sunday's Halloween clash with Green Bay featured a ghastly performance by the Jets' offensive unit. Fresh off their bye, New York was out of sync offensively, committing untimely penalties with Mark Sanchez tossing two interceptions while Brad Smith coughed up the ball in Green Bay territory. The Jets defense did not miss a beat, stifling the Packers' offense, frustrating Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay's eighth ranked passing attack. Both quarterbacks struggled to find their rhythm with Rogers totaling a 59.7 quarterback rating and Sanchez a woeful 43.3 rating. The Jets five game winning streak is history, as the offense was as bare as a skeleton, producing zero points on Halloween Sunday.

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