Packers (5-3) 9, Jets (5-2) 0
What went wrong ...
1 Takeaway — The Jets were once again in Green Bay territory trailing 3-0 early in the fourth when Mark Sanchez hit Dustin Keller for a short gain. Charles Woodson wrestled the ball away as the two tumbled to the turf. Keller appeared down before Woodson gained control, but coach Rex Ryan was unable to challenge the call, having burned his two challenges in the first half — one on a similar play resulting in Sanchez’s first interception of the day.
2 Baked by the fake — Getting set to punt in the first quarter and deep in their own end, Steve Weatherford called a fake on fourth-and-18. The Jets’ punter rumbled down the right side but was knocked out one yard short of the first down. Five plays later, Mason Crosby hit a 20-yard field goal for the first points of the game.
3 No Holmes cooking — It wasn’t an awful outing for Santonio Holmes, who had three catches for 43 yards, but it could have been much more. The Jets’ newest receiver bungled a well-placed ball on a slant early in the second half. There was no one between him and end the zone. “That was uncharacteristic of this football team to drop some balls,” Ryan said. “Disappointing.”
What went right ...
1 Defense shows up — The Jets’ defense was put in terrible situations all day. Interceptions, fumbles and turnovers on downs led to Green Bay’s average starting field position at its own 36-yard line (the Jets started at their own 22). It made limiting a top-five passing offense all the more daunting. Rex Ryan’s bunch didn’t force a turnover against the interception-prone Aaron Rodgers, but they never allowed the big play over the top, holding Green Bay to just 237 yards without a touchdown. “I thought our defense was outstanding. We held them to 14 percent on third-down conversions. We just didn’t get it done as a team,” Ryan said.
2 Spark they needed — Dropped balls, flags and turnovers — that was pretty much the Jets’ offense in the first half. Brad Smith, though, gave them instant lift, returning second-half kickoff 47 yards for the Jets longest play of the day. Mark Sanchez couldn’t capitalize, of course, and the team punted three plays later.
3 Harris records first sack — The Packers picked off Mark Sanchez and were about to enter the red zone late in the second quarter. Then, linebacker David Harris blitzed for 9-yard sack on Aaron Rodgers, forcing Green Bay to settle for a 45-yard field goal attempt. Mason Crosby hooked it, and the game stayed 3-0 at half. “The secondary did a heck of a job covering up their wide receivers,” Harris said. “They have some great talent on that side of the ball and we pretty much did what we were supposed to do.”
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