The Green Bay Packers have not lost consecutive games since Matt LaFleur became their head coach in 2019, and the Jets have not won back-to-back games since 2019. Both streaks hang in the balance during the first 30 minutes with the game tied by three.
Entering Sunday, the Packers won and covered 12 games in a row after losing, the longest streak by any team since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger. In those 12 games, Aaron Rodgers fought 28 pass touchdowns to just one interception, but he has struggled for the week 6 so far, thanks to a thumb injury to his hand he received in the final of last week’s loss to New York. Giants in London. The two-time NFL MVP defender completed 15 of 23 passes for 140 yards in the first half while consistently favoring the right hand throughout.
The Packers had half of their eight first-half possessions ending in kicks plus a blocked field goal, and lost a bump by running back AJ Dillon, a spin in touchdown after Rodgers knocked out rookie future Romeo Dobbs in 34th from the Jets 46, and Mason Crosby’s 29th yard. Everything Green Bay tried to do offensively seemed to be thrown by Rodgers on his passes due to a thumbs up, or an offensive line losing the fight up front against the Front Seven.
New York rested on each of its first five engines before Dillon stumbled on the Packers’ 33 allowing the planes to have the best field position for the game. After four straight runs from rookie running back Bryce Hall, Gates’ Zach Wilson dodged a bullet with his third and sixth trip to the finish zone passing through the hands of Darnell Savage. One time later, New York placed the first points of the game on the board, a 32-yard field goal from the kicking leg of Greg Zorlein.
The Packers have yet to find their offensive identity without All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams while the Jets appear content to keep the ball in the hands of their backers, Hall and Michael Carter, only after Wilson’s throw when absolutely necessary.
Which team will come out of its attacking rut in the second half? To find out, check out our live blog throughout the game for live updates, highlights, and analysis.
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