Green Bay Packers vs. New York Jets: 2014 Game 2
As always, this post it what it says it is, unfiltered initial reactions as the game progresses. I always find it entertaining to compare initial impressions from the heat of the moment with more measured thoughts with time to think about it. Everything is up for discussion.
The Packers come to Lambeau Field hoping to redeem themselves in the eyes of many after a disappointing performance in week 1.
The Packers run defense will be tested again, this time b y two different style running backs and a physical offensive line.
Two starters will miss the game. One you’ll care about the other not so much. Bryan Bulaga and Brad Jones both being held out. Jamari Lattimore and Derrick Sherrod gettng the starts in their place.
Jets will be looking to force the #Packers into 3rd down passing situations, so they can pin their ears back a bit…
Today’s Packers captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), Morgan Burnett (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
59 LB Brad Jones
75 T Bryan Bulaga
83 WR Jeff Janis
91 LB Jayrone Elliott
At LB, 57 Jamari Lattimore will start in place of Jones. At RT, 78 Derek Sherrod will start in place of Bulaga.
New York Jets
18 WR Walter Powell
32 S Josh Bush
51 LB Ikemefuna Enemkpali
55 LB A.J. Edds
70 OL Dakota Dozier
71 T Ben Ijalana
99 NT T.J. Barnes
27 CB Dee Milliner is active for the Jets but not starting. 30 CB Darrin Walls will start in Milliner’s place.
We’re ready to play. We talked about it last night in the final team meeting. When you have 10 days to prepare, we are ready.
Sherrod and Lattimore: They are players that have been with us for a long time. Jamari is a heck of a football player, he’ll bring juice. Derek will be improved from his last game, he’s had a good week of work.
The team: I really like this group of men I’m coaching. Playstyle, quality of play and winning – those are the things we focus on.
NY Jets: uncommon opponents in first couple of weeks is a challenge.
Jets front four: big, long athletic defensive linemn. a big groupg, rangy group, three #1 picvks in the first four.
Geno Smith: I agree his footwork likes better. he looks more composed, he’s a good athlete, he’ll pull it down and run and that’s a challenge for us
Jets running game: It starts up front, big physical offensive line. You have to be real conscientious who’s in the game. Johnson or Ivory and their styles.
Keys to game: biggest thing is get our play style and be more consistent. Always have to win the battle in the trenches, play faster than our opponent – that’s the biggest step we’re going to take.
Packers vs. Jets – First Impressions – First Half:
Fumble on the opening snap – really? Didn’t see anything wrong with the snap. Rodgers seemed to pull away too soon. Oor was the snap late?
Sometimes I really feel like the Packers lead the league in embarrassing starts to games.
Geno Smith waltzes around right end untouched – touchdown Jets.
Sherrod gives up a sack on the Packers’ second pass. You can call that a coverage sack if you like, but is there any reason Sherrod can’t continue to ride his man out of the play?
Then on 3rd down, Jets send seven and it’s sack #2. untouched.
It’s been years now, and the Packers still can’t handle the read option. Matthews bites hard on handoff fake and jets pull off a 39 yard gain. Smith and Kerley BOTH around left end with NO Packers defender there. Unbelievably bad.
Rodgers getting pounded on almost every play. Holding the ball too long quite often.
Minimal attempts to run the ball so far. Lacy has more receptions than carries. I attempt for 2 yards.
When Geno Smith appears to be picking your defense apart, there are some BIG, BIG problems.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 3 NYJ 14
Fourth and 2 in Packers territory. Of course the Jets are going for it. Have the Packers shown ability to stop them?
Jets, after an 8 minute drive, lead 21-3. I’m speechless.
Unsportsmanlike conduct on the Green Bay bench? 15 big yards lost.
Rodgers keeps looking for the big throw, holding on too long and taking unnecessary hits. What year is this again?
Good thing #Packers have that screen game going to keep the jets pass rushers honest…. #sarcasm
Jets punt for the first time, as Packers finally get a third down stop with 4:30 left in the half.
Rodgers accuracy very off today. Throws are high, low, behind, etc.
After pulling within 21-9 and 3+ minutes left, Packers try an onsides kick. Personally, I’m looking to pin the Jets deep at this point of the half, try to get a stop and get ball back in good position. Instead, Jets have great field position and are driving.
Luckily, Mike Daniels puts a hit on Smith, causing a floater that Tramon Williams picks off on the 3 yard line.
Davante Adams getting some snaps today. Big catch and run on a slant to put the packers on the Jets 5YD line.
Every time we’ve heard the announcer say, “Rodgers, quick pass” the play has worked. Can’t hold the ball today, Aaron. Small chunks.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 16 NYJ 21
Packers vs. Jets – First Impressions – Second Half:
McCarthy wastes a time out on a challenge of a Decker sideline completion where it was pretty obvious to everyone Decker got both feet in. SMH.
Personally, I’m not going to try to pick up a first down on 3rd and two by handing off to Derek Sherrod’s side. I’m going left.
Clinton Dix beat badly deep by Decker but Smith overthrows him. Whew…
There is some hitting going on in the middle of the field. Thank you Jamari.
Jets haven’t tried a read option in awhile. Really bad job on their part. Packers haven’t shown yet that they know how to play it.
Packers score go ahead TD, execute two point conversion and tempers flare. Jets’ Wilkerson throws punches at helmets and gets thrown out.
Datone Jones has two hands on Smith but doesn’t wrap up, Smith finds Powell for a huge third down drive extender. End result is 3 more points for the Jets.
Dee Milliner looks like he can’t run full speed. probably should not be playing. Rodgers takes advantage, hits Nelson for a catch and run TD.
Rodgers with a Tony Romo / Jay Cutler type throw that is intercepted. Luckily, Jets called for 12 men on the field.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 31 NYJ 24
Nothing like the second and 22 handoff up the middle.
Rodgers still in that stubborn, I’m not just going to throw the ball away mood. Result: sacks and hits.
Still can’t believe the Jets have totally forgotten what worked for them early in the game. AKA, any type of option play.
Matthews runs down Vick for the sack. Think he was yelling at him like in that Mic’d up video?
Wow, Jets nullify a long TD pass because they called time out just before the play. That’s a very Jets type play.
Julius Peppers drops in coverage and almost gets an INT. Way to go big man.
Final Score: GB 31 NYJ24
Pretty hard to believe, after all their experience with it, that the Packers are still so absolutely clueless against any type of option play. And we’re not just talking struggling, we’re talking no players withing 5 yards of the player who ends up with the ball.
There was SOOOOOO much I didn’t like about McCarthy’s decision-making today.
Wasn’t crazy about Rodgers, either – wen’t back to his old refusing to throw the ball away ways.
Excluding any type of option play, Packers run D did a good job today. Ivory and Johnson with 64 yards rushing on 25 carries.
Only one pass to a tight end today. Of course, they were needed for pass protection help a lot today. Does make it more difficult on the wide receivers to get open (Unless you’re Jordy Nelson).
Mike Daniels backed up the talk with his play today.
Lattimore needs to play over Jones – defense needs his “juice.” Otherwise, not to many big hits from the Packers LBs.
Wilkerson and Decker going out, time out call, all some nice strokes of luck for the Packers today.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.