GREEN BAY–The Packers rallied for 15 points in the third quarter and held a 31-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter of today’s game at Lambeau Field.
The Jets received the second-half kickoff but it pinned them against the sideline and they started at their 5. Geno Smith moved the sticks with a completion to Eric Decker. Mike McCarthy challenged the call and lost, which cost the Packers a time out. Two plays later, Julius Peppers forced a fumble by Smith and the Packers recovered at the Jets 15. The play was reviewed and it was ruled a pass. Eventually, the Jets punted.
A short Tim Masthay punt allowed the Jets to begin their next drive at their 24. The Packers loaded the box and stopped the run, forcing another punt. It was likely a halftime adjustment. The Packers took possession at their 33 with 9:25 to play in the third quarter.
An 11-yard pass to Jordy Nelson put the Packers near midfield. Two Eddie Lacy runs moved the sticks. Then Rodgers and Nelson connected for one of the big plays in the game, a 33-yard completion to the Jets 10. A pass to Davante Adams carried to the 1, third down. Rodgers pitched an easy-looking touchdown pass to Randall Cobb and the Packers had the lead for the first time with 5:45 to play in the third quarter. Rodgers and Cobb then connected for a 2-point conversion, 24-21. Muhammad Wilkerson was ejected for a post-conversion fight.
Smith moved the Jets across midfield and the Jets had a first down at the Packers 38. Nick Folk faced a 52-yard field goal attempt to tie the game; his kick was good, 24-24 with 2:21 to play in the third quarter.
It only took one play for the Packers to regain the lead. Rodgers hit Nelson for 80 yards, 31-24.
The Packers escaped a Jets interception in the final minute of the quarter when the visitors were called for too many men on the field.
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Kevin from Timmins, Ontario
So far, the Packers defense has done a great job at stopping the run. However, the passing game is hurting us. Do we have the depth on defense to make an adjustment to compensate for the pass?
I don’t agree the Packers are doing a great job against the run. The Jets are nearly at a hundred yards rushing as I’m answering this question.
Roger from Richmond, VA
Coach McCarthy promised the defense would be better this year. It isn’t proving to be true. Why?
The Packers aren’t whipping their man. It starts with winning the individual battles. That must change.
Robert from Boston, MA
Why am I not surprised the Packers are befuddled by simple college plays like a triple option? It would be nice if the Packers showed awareness of any football plays drawn up in the 21st century. Why don’t we ever use the pistol? Our personnel is basically perfect for it.
Simple? You’re looking at one of the game’s new-age quarterbacks: Geno Smith, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, RG3. This is the future of pro football and it includes the reigning Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Dave from Colorado Springs, CO
Vic, just about the worst start the Packers could have hoped for, and the Jets get the ball to start the second half. I know this is only the second game of the season, but with the threat of an 0-2 start, what does Coach McCarthy say in the locker room to get these guys going? They have looked out of sorts since about midway through the Seahawks game.
This isn’t a time for calling guys out. Maybe you do that during the week, but not now. You spend halftime fixing what’s broken. You tell your team not to panic. You tell them this is what we’re going to do and this is how we’re going to do it.
Brian from Gurnee, IL
Vic, would you agree our offense isn’t anywhere near the offense it was back in 2011?
I want it to be what it was last season. I’d like to see last year’s mix of run and pass.
Eric from Raleigh, NC
Why are the Packers so insistent on going no-huddle? They have not done anything to stop the Jets offense, so shouldn’t the Packers offense stay on the field for as long as possible?
The no-huddle is the offense they want to run. It’s what they practiced all summer.
Tom from West Bend, WI
I’m guessing you don’t like to see defenders helping opponents up after a tackle.
First, I’d like to see the Packers help opponents down, and then they can help them up.
Dylan from Forty Fort, PA
The tackling looks improved. What’s impressed you most so far?
I’m stunned Geno Smith has been nearly unstoppable. He was the lowest rated passer in the league last season. Has he really improved this much in one offseason? With 5:43 to play in the half, the Jets were six of seven on third down.
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GREEN BAY — A 97-yard TD drive in the final moments of the first half pulled the Packers within five points of the New York Jets at halftime on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
The Jets extended their lead to 21-3 by finishing off a 17-play, 80-yard drive early in the second quarter. A key conversion on fourth-and-2 from the Green Bay 30 set up a 4-yard TD run by RB Chris Ivory with 10:38 left in the half.
The play prior to fourth down was third-and-13, and an 11-yard run on a draw by RB Bilal Powell got the Jets close enough to go for it. That was the first failed third down by the Jets, who converted 6 of 7 on third down through their first three drives, including a 12-yard pass to Bilal on third-and-3 that made it first-and-goal.
The Packers pulled within 21-6 with a 13-play drive that came up 2 yards short of the end zone. A Jets offside on third down and a pass interference for 27 yards got the Packers into scoring range. QB Aaron Rodgers then converted a third-and-10 with an 11-yard scramble, with the help of a great block by RB Eddie Lacy. That made it first-and-goal on the 5, but two incomplete passes and a 3-yard run by Lacy on a draw led to a 20-yard FG by Mason Crosby with 5:43 left in the half.
After a defensive stop, the Packers got the ball back and got a third FG from Mason Crosby, a 55-yarder to make it 21-9. It was the longest FG by a Packers kicker in Lambeau Field history.
The Packers followed by trying an onside kick that backfired, though, and the Jets had another chance to score. An interception by CB Tramon Williams prevented that, however, thanks to a hit by DT Mike Daniels on Smith that made his pass flutter toward the goal line.
The Packers took over on their own 3 and drove 97 yards in 10 plays for their first TD of the game. A late hit on the Jets following an 11-yard completion to RB DuJuan Harris got the Packers into scoring range, and then a 24-yard completion over the middle to rookie WR Davante Adams made it first-and-goal. Rodgers completed the drive with a 6-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb, pulling the Packers within 21-16.
Rodgers ended the half 16-of-30 for 183 yards with one TD and no INTs. Nelson has four catches for 66 yards, and Cobb has four grabs for 38 yards.
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GREEN BAY–The Jets held a surprising 14-3 lead after a quarter of action at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
The Packers lost the coin toss and received the opening kickoff; the Jets deferred. Right away, trouble struck when Aaron Rodgers fumbled the center snap from Corey Linsley and the Jets’ Sheldon Richardson recovered at the Packers 16-yard line.
On third-and-11, Geno Smith threw for a first down to the Packers 4-yard line. Chris Ivory carried to the 1 and then Smith bootlegged around right end for a touchdown with 13:01 to play in the first quarter, 7-0.
The Packers started at their 20 and Rodgers immediately threw to Jordy Nelson for a first down, but then Quinton Coples sacked Rodgers for a loss of 4. Rodgers faced third-and-14 from the Packers 29 and was sacked when the Jets brought a strong blitz that included two defensive backs.
From their 16, the Jets went to work. On third-and-1, the Jets used a razzle-dazzle play that included a lateral pitch from Smith to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. The play gained 39 yards. On third-and-2, Smith hit wide receiver Eric Decker in stride for a 29-yard touchdown with 8:24 to play, 14-0. Decker beat Sam Shields down the left sideline.
The Packers kept passing and Rodgers faced third-and-4. Nelson made a leaping grab along the right sideline for 23 yards.
Rodgers scrambled for a first down at the Jets 41 and then flipped a short pass to Eddie Lacy that gained 11. A 10-yard completion to Randall Cobb moved the sticks again, and a 7-yard completion to Lacy left third-and-3. Rodgers fired an apparent completion to Nelson at the 1-yard line, but Jets Coach Rex Ryan challenged the call and it was reversed. Mason Crosby came on to kick a 31-yard field goal with 4:06 to play, 14-3.
The Jets converted a third-and-1 at midfield and were on the move again. Smith faced a third-and-6 at the Packers 47. Smith ran a quarterback draw for a first down.
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GREEN BAY — The Packers have announced that RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) is inactive for today’s game vs. the New York Jets, which gives the starting nod to Derek Sherrod.
Bulaga injured his knee in the second quarter of last Thursday’s opener in Seattle and was limited in practice all week. Sherrod gave up two critical sacks to the Seahawks in Bulaga’s place and has been talked about all week as a player who needs to perform better.
Elsewhere on the injury front, LB Jamari Lattimore will start in place of the injured Brad Jones (quad). That news was known on Friday. For more on Lattimore, you can check out this story.
For the Jets, CB Dee Milliner, who missed New York’s opener with Oakland due to an ankle injury, is active for today’s game but not starting. CB Darrin Walls is starting in Milliner’s place. Milliner is a former college secondary mate at Alabama of Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Season debut: Packers TE Brandon Bostick missed the final weeks of training camp and last week’s opener in Seattle with a leg injury, but he is active and expected to make his 2014 debut.
Bostick had been practicing as the starting TE in training camp before he got hurt and is the Packers’ best option at the position for stretching the field. He had just started to consistently produce last year when a foot injury ended his season prematurely.
NFC North status: As this is posted, the Lions (1-0) have a narrow lead in their game against the Panthers and the Vikings (1-0) are trailing the Patriots in the second half. Should both the Lions and Vikings lose, the Packers could pull into a tie for first place with a win. The Bears (0-1) play later Sunday at San Francisco.
(Update: Both the Lions and Vikings have lost.)
The Packers travel to Detroit and Chicago the next two weeks for two of their three division road games on the season.
Bouncing back: The last two years, the Packers have lost their season opener and come back to post a win in Week 2 and get to 1-1. For more on the Packers’ history in Week 2 with Mike McCarthy as head coach, click here.
Weather update: Temperatures are in the low 60s in Green Bay today under sunny skies, and it’s expected to remain that way throughout the game. Winds are 12-14 mph and there is no chance of rain, according to the forecast.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday afternoon’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets at Lambeau Field.
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.
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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), Morgan Burnett (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).
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GREEN BAY — Packers RT Bryan Bulaga is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets due to his knee injury, while LB Brad Jones is out. Those designations were made on the final injury report announced Friday.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Bulaga was “sore” in his medical exam on Friday, which was to be expected following two days of limited practice. The coaching and medical staffs will see how much work Bulaga is able to do in Saturday’s practice and then make a final decision.
“He needs to go out and be able to do the ‘move the ball’ segment, to go through and sustain a drive,” McCarthy said. “That’s usually what you’re looking for when you have someone coming off that type of injury.”
If Bulaga is unable to play, Derek Sherrod would take his place. Sherrod is coming off a rough game last week in Seattle, when he came off the bench following Bulaga’s injury.
“I have confidence in our plan and he’s part of it,” McCarthy said of Sherrod. “He’s getting better in practice. There are distinct things he needs to continue to work on, and he’s doing that. I have a lot of confidence in Derek.”
Jones hasn’t practiced all week due to a quad injury and will not play. LBs Jamari Lattimore and Sam Barrington are his backups. Lattimore has filled in for Jones due to injuries in the past, and McCarthy talked about how Lattimore’s career has progressed from strictly special teams early to a more regular role.
“Jamari is heck of a football player, with great passion,” McCarthy said. “He brings a lot to the table.”
Packers.com will have more later in the day following locker room interviews.
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GREEN BAY–Running back Eddie Lacy was a full participant in practice on Thursday and has been cleared to play in Sunday’s game against the Jets.
“He looked great,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of his star running back, who sustained a concussion in last Thursday’s season-opening loss in Seattle.
Tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and tight end Brandon Bostick (fibula) remained limited in their practice participation. McCarthy said the next two days would determine Bulaga’s availability for Sunday’s game. If he is unable to play, Derek Sherrod would replace Bulaga at right tackle, as Sherrod did in Seattle after Bulaga sustained a knee injury.
“Derek Sherrod needs to play better than he did in Seattle. He recognizes that,” McCarthy said.
Linebacker Brad Jones (quad) did not practice on Thursday and would seem to be unlikely to play on Sunday.
Packers.com has posted this full report following locker room interviews.
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