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Need to know: The Jets got off to a roaring start, jumping out to a 14-0 then 21-3 lead early in the first half.
However, the Packers outscored the Jets 28-3 to close the game out.
Geno Smith threw for 176 yards, while Eric Decker caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Trailing by seven with 4:57 remaining, the Jets appeared to tie the game up with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley. It was later waved off after offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called timeout before the snap.
Muhammad Wilkerson was ejected in the third quarter for throwing a punch.
What's next: The Jets will host the Chicago Bears next Monday night (8:30 p.m.)
I think why I am most frustrated with this loss is because the Packers were an entirely beatable team today had the Jets not beaten themselves. I think the Browns stunning win over the Saints also made the possibility of the Jets pulling off the upset of another of the NFC's best teams all the more realistic.
As ecstatic as most of the first half was for me, the second half was even more excruciating. Watching the Jets crumble as the team tried to cling to victory was hard to stomach. That said, the Jets stunned Green Bay and the football world with such a dominating start to their game, but they clearly aren't a team who can step on the necks on their opponents. If that sounds like I am being a broken record it is probably because I am.
The problem with going up big on a team like the Packers is that Aaron Rodgers is not phased when he needs to throw the ball to win. Conversely, when the Packers knew they could stuff the run once the Jets had a lead and wanted to run it, the Jets gave up on the run and made Geno Smith to win this game for the Jets. We all saw the result. The second and third drives of the second quarter were particularly vexing to me. Ahead with a commanding lead, the Jets tried to get cute when they brought Mike Vick into the game for a failed play and then Geno forced a ball on the next series that wound up getting intercepted.
Beyond that, Geno's lapses and ball security woes are becoming less easy to overlook with each game. The Jets defense can be good enough against most NFL teams (as long as their quarterback doesn't have a name like Aaron Rodgers) to keep New York in the game, but Geno has to be willing to make smarter decisions with the ball when he keeps it or throws it.
As far as the defense? Leaving out the whole ruckus in the end zone alone for a moment, I think they did about as good a job as can be expected against a team as offensively stacked as the Packers are. Rodgers is a premier quarterback, RB Eddie Lacy was rookie of the year and Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and rookie Davante Adams are one of the best receiver trios in the game. The Jets sacked Rodgers four times and hit him countless more. The Jets negated the running attack, even when dropping all but four into coverage. The passing game was always going to be where the Jets would win or lose this game on defense.
As far as the discipline, the Jets were lacking both on the field and on the sidelines. Wilkerson's ejection was entirely unnecessary and any nobility in defending Richardson is hollow because the Jets needed him a lot more on the field than in they needed him the locker room during the fourth quarter. That hollow feeling might get worse this week should the league deem Wilkerson ineligible for the Monday night game against the Bears based on his behavior.
Worse, in a nightmarish half in which the Jets couldn't get out of their own way, they capped the day with what might have been the most shameful part of an already shameful day. The Mornhinweg timeout on the Kerley touchdown would have knotted the score, even if for a few moments, but it was the fact that a playcall (that obviously worked) was one which Mornhinweg himself didn't trust. Ironic, considering he had no reservations calling those two abortions involving Michael Vick ...
The Jets hung with a very good Packers offense today and I have more hope for the coming slate of games than I did just seven days ago. But if this team wants to talk about proving that they belong among the best teams in the league, then they need to play and coach as if they are one of those teams.
Rex Ryan discusses the Jets' loss to Packers