Jets Get Defensive In Place Of Their Offense

The Jets limited Green Bay to season lows in a number of offensive categories, but New York still found a way to lose to the Packers.

Gang Green's stalwart defensive unit carried the day on Sunday, despite a lackluster effort by Mark Sanchez and the offense. The Jets held Green Bay to their worst offensive output of the season, even as New York fell to 5-2 in the 9-0 loss. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers produced season lows in: quarterback rating (59.7), touchdowns (0), passing yards (170), completion percentage (44.1), total yards (237), third down efficiency (2-14), longest reception (30) and rushing yards (5).

Jets linebacker David Harris credited New York's defensive backs for thwarting Green Bay's aerial attack.

"The secondary did a heck of a job covering up their wide receivers," exclaimed Harris. "They have some great talent on that side of the ball and we pretty much did what we were supposed to do."

With New York's offense still on their bye week, the Jets suffocated the Packers offense, surrendering only three Mason Crosby field goals. Entering Sunday's contest, Green Bay averaged nearly 24 points per game, while boasting the NFL's eighth ranked passing offense. Aaron Rodgers was confounded all day by Rex Ryan's exotic blitz packages and intricate defensive fronts. Star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who looked healthy after being limited with a hamstring injury the past two games, hinted that the key to disrupting Rodger's timing was creating havoc in the pocket, hounding him from a variety of angles.

"We just changed some things. Our defensive schemes are very complex and we wanted to throw a couple of things at him," Revis remarked. "Dwight Lowery got a sack in the game, so we just wanted to bring pressure in different ways (and) try to make him move."

The loss was only the second time in franchise history in which the Jets were shut out when their defense allowed fewer than 10 points. The first occasion was over 23 years ago, October 11, 1987 in a 6-0 loss to the Colts.

On Sunday, the Jets defense stood tall, but the offense could not get out of its own way, turning the ball over three times. After committing one turnover through the first five games of the season, the Jets have turned the ball over six times over the past two games. Halloween Sunday was not friendly to New York, as the defense was scary good, while the offense looked like the walking dead.

"Mama said there'd always be days like this," said Jets tailback LaDanian Tomlinson. "We don't like to have those days, but sometimes it's going to happen. This is definitely embarrassing, not to put any points on the scoreboard. The credit goes to them. They were well-prepared. They did their job in getting us off the field, and we couldn't score."


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