The New York Jets fell a bit short against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2. Even though the Packers had a turnover on the first play of the game, which led to an early Jets lead, they couldn’t hold it. Early in the second quarter, the Jets were up 21-3 on the Packers and everything was looking good, but the Jets’ defense couldn’t stop the Packers’ passing attack.
A major concern and the biggest weakness the Jets have has been what they will be able to do against teams with good passing attacks, and in the first game that they were tested, they failed. Aaron Rodgers had a field day against the Jets’ secondary after a tough Week 1. Rodgers went 25 for 42 with 346 yards and three touchdown passes. He looked unstoppable at many points in the game.
Rodgers’ main target in the Packers’ victory was Jordy Nelson, who had a career day against the Jets’ secondary. Nelson caught nine passes for a career-high 209 yards and a touchdown. Nelson’s big play came against Dee Milliner in the third quarter, as Nelson burnt Milliner for an 80-yard TD catch. Milliner made his season debut in Week 2 after missing a lot of time with the ankle sprain, but from the looks of how he was moving around on the field, probably came back a bit too early.
Week 2 against the Packers was the first game on the Jets’ schedule. For their next five games, the Jets will be playing against teams with very good passing offenses. Next week on Monday Night Football, they will be facing Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who can both easily have monster games against the Jets secondary unless things improve.
After the loss to the Packers, the Jets may very well find themselves giving up 300-plus yards through the air and 100-plus-yard games to wide receivers for the next five weeks, as they desperately need Milliner to get healthy and play like the shutdown corner he says he is.