Senior writer jclombardi grades Packers win over Jets.
SUMMARY: In a tight defensive game, the Packers got stifling defensive team and special teams performances forcing three turnovers and big plays to shut Jets 9-0. K Crosby kicked three field goals. CB Williams and CB Woodson had two big interceptions.
GAME BALLS: LB Bishop; WR Jennings; CB Woodson; CB Williams; S Peprah; S Smith.
INJURY REPORT: WR Driver (calf strain). TE Quarless (shoulder sprain).
Report Card Grades–Good, Bad, & Ugly (JC vs. SE):
PASSING OFFENSE: D- vs D. QB Rodgers had a rough day facing confusing blitz formations on the Jets defense. Pedestrian Rodgers completed only 15 of 34 passes, 170 yards, no touchdowns, two sacks, and a poor 59.7 passer rating. Rodgers failed to make proper play adjustments reacting with bad reads and misfired on throws. The receivers dropped another four passes. WR Jennings had six catches for 81 yards. WR Nelson had 5 catches for 55 yards.
RUSHING OFFENSE: D- vs D-. With the offensive line out-of-sync playing somewhat poorly with poor blocking and bad execution, the rushing game struggled getting 81 total yards. RB Jackson got only 57 averaging a pedestrian 3.7 yards. FB Kuhn was worse getting only 21 yards averaging an awful 2.6 yards. Again, the short yardage game failed especially on a big third and one play.
PASSING DEFENSE: A- vs B. Jets QB Sanchez completed only 16 of 38 for 256 yards, two big interceptions, and an awful 43.3 passer rating. It helped that his receivers dropped seven passes. Cornerbacks Williams and Woodson smartly wrestled away the ball from Jets wide receivers Cotchery and Keller to get key interceptions.
RUSHING DEFENSE: A vs A. The “no-names” defense had a stout performance with a rebuilt big defensive front handling the premier Jets offensive line. They held RBs Tomlinson and Greene to a combined 76 yards on 22 carries averaging only 3.6 yards. LB Bishop had ten solo tackles. Newcomer DE Green played about 35 snaps. Rookies DE Wilson, CB Shields, and LB Zombo played solid games. On a wildcat run by receiver Smith, LB Zombo forced a fumble and recovered by CB Williams. DE Green snuffed out an end-around play causing an eight yard loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A vs A-. P Masthay punted eight times for 44.0 gross and 41.5 net yards averages. He placed five punts inside the 20-yard line with the Jets getting zero return yards. With the exception of one long return, the kicking units had a good game. Smith made a great play on the fake punt. K Crosby made three of four field goals.
COACHING: B vs B. Coach McCarthy and staff get credit for great defensive and special teams performances. Generally, Capers game plan used seven or eight men in the box daring the Jets to pass the ball. The defense got big plays and turnovers to win the game. The team played a near-flawless game committing only three costly penalties and posting zero turnovers. Yet, the offense looked out-of-sync again. In the first half, the offense got only 123 net yards, zero third down conversions, and 3 points. For the game, they had only 237 total yards and no touchdowns. Also, they converted a miserable 2 of 14 third downs. At crucial times, the predictable play calling was too conservative with the short yardage and red zone units looking too pedestrian.