Another week, another disappointing result for the Green Bay Packers. Their Week 6 opponent, the New York Jets, waltzed right into Lambeau Field and ate Green Bay’s lunch for four quarters, forcing this team to fall to 3-3 on the year.
Few bright spots came out of this game for the Packers, as all three facets of the team struggled Sunday. While the Jets have a much better on-field product than in previous seasons, this year’s team wasn’t expected to come into Green Bay and almost double the 7.5-point line that the Packers were initially favored by.
It seems as though every time Matt LaFleur is asked about incorporating both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon more into the game plan, he says that integration will happen, one of these weeks.
Fans are still waiting on that week to come.
19 combined carries between both backs (and only 60 yards to show for it) certainly is an easy way to pigeonhole a team’s offense, an attack that has been struggling to move the ball. A LaFleur-ran offense exceeds when the run sets up the pass, and if you decide not to run the ball, the pass is far less efficient.
Granted, playing from behind limits the rushing opportunities, but if they would have tried to run the ball more earlier, maybe they would have staked themselves out to a lead at some point.
For Aaron Rodgers, his lowest-TD output since Week 1 resulted in a lone passing score to Allen Lazard. Outside of that and the pick-six being overturned into an incompletion, not many things went his way – and a lot of the issues are on him.
From having pre-determined targets on passing plays to not being situationally aware on shorter third-down conversion opportunities, Rodgers again did not produce a strong game when the team needed it the most.
The offensive line was losing most battles in the trenches, which kept the running game inefficient and Rodgers frequently running for his life. Four sacks and nine total QB hits certainly don’t make keeping Rodgers healthy and efficient easy, and that stat paints a very effective picture of just how bad the offense was as a whole.
Shoutout to Robert Tonyan (10 receptions for 90 yards on 12 targets), who combined with Lazard to be the only two competent members of the offense against the Jets.
Defense & Special Teams
Holding Zach Wilson to only 110 passing yards on 10 completions is a win, and that also translated to no WR for the Jets having more than two receptions and/or 52 yards on the day. But stopping the run is a whole nother problem.
Jets rookie Breece Hall churned out 116 yards and a rushing score on 20 carries, and as a whole, New York ran the ball 33 times for 179 yards (5.4 YPC). Those healthy numbers provide a great reason why the Jets won even though they lost the time of possession battle by around three minutes.
Green Bay ran 16 more plays than the Jets, put up the same amount of total yards (278), and still lost – and that is due to the Jets averaging 1.2 more yards per play (5.2 vs. 4.0), making their offensive drives more efficient.
Two sacks of Wilson is fine, but that is a number that this front seven should have increased, so that lack of pressure is on Joe Barry. By having as good of a pass defense as this team has, Barry needs to be more comfortable sending pressure, because he should trust the guys he is putting on an island in pass coverage.
Finally, for special teams, what a disaster – looks like the special teams units of last year and earlier have made their expected return.
From allowing a blocked field goal to letting the Jets block and return a punt for a score, Rich Bisaccia’s unit paled in comparison to how the beginning of their season had looked up to this point.
As has been the case in most weeks, it has been the leg of Pat O’Donnell that has helped make this unit look better than they are, and while he did average just south of 49 yards per punt (longest punt of 62 yards), it was newcomer Eric Wilson, who blocked a punt for Green Bay, that was the silver lining for this unit in their loss.
There are a lot of things going wrong for the Packers, and plenty more on the wrong course at this point – if they can correct at least some of these in their Week 7 road matchup with the Commanders next week, then they can begin the process of righting the ship. But things certainly are looking bleaker and bleaker as they continue to play games as pitifully as Sunday’s loss to the Jets.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23