Packers Game Ball: Packers Shutout Jets, 9-0

FOX Sports said on the broadcast that it was the Green Bay Packers first road shutout since 1991. The Jets had some yards on offense (360 total) but the Packers special teams on punt and kick coverage, and the offense for not coughing up a single turnover, made the Jets offense work the length of the field. Only 1 of the Jets 13 drives (yes, it was a punt fest) started past their own 35 yard line. 

The big story was that the Packers defense stuffed the Jets No. 2 ranked run offense. The Jets ended the game with 119 yards rushing (4.1 ypc), but those stats were padded by a late 20 yard run by QB Mark Sanchez and a 17 yard run by their punter on a failed fake punt attempt. Bottom line: the Jets run offense was not a factor in this game. Sanchez's stats look ugly (43.3 QB rating, 2 INTs) but he was really let down by his receivers who dropped several passes, and let CB Charles Woodson and CB Tramon Williams wrestle those 2 INTs away from them.

The Packers offense had another bad day (QB Aaron Rodgers had a QB rating of 59.7, and RB Brandon Jackson only ran for 55 yards). I wasn't expecting them to get anything on the ground, but they got little in the air either. The offense is missing four starters (RB Ryan Grant, RT Mark Tauscher, WR Donald Driver, and TE Jermichael Finley) and it really looked like it in this game. RT Bryan Bulaga played OK, but whiffed on one sack and provided little push on running plays. WR James Jones replaced Driver and had zero catches (on five passes thrown his way) while TE Donald Lee only had one reception for five yards. Think about what Driver and Finley would produce in a typical game, and it's obvious where they're missing production.

On offense, I'm mentioning the two receivers who did show up. WR Greg Jennings had a great game and caught a 30 yard reception that set up the first FG. WR Jordy Nelson had 5 receptions for 55 yards, and his 14 yard reception in the 4th quarter set up the second FG. There were a lot of great players on defense today, but the two big plays were those INTs taken by Woodson and Williams, both happened while the Jets were driving in Packer territory, that were keys to the shutout.

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