Preview: Packers vs NY Jets – Week 16
Well, we can file this one under “who gives a shit?”. I suppose it will be interesting seeing the second and third string players get their playtime. Packers/Jets is not the most exciting match-up even if the Packers weren’t doing so shitty this year. Hopefully your fantasy teams aren’t the laughing stock of your league.
Just for the curious, the Packers have won the last two meetings, but the Jets lead the all-time series, 8-4. Recently, New York (4-10) has won only one game in their last eight outings. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold was impressive in a Week 15 loss to the Houston Texans, completing 24 of 38 passes for 253 yards and two scores. The former USC standout has thrown 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 11 games while posting a 72.8 passer rating.
Robby Anderson, who torched Houston for 96 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions, is the top receiving threat. The Temple product has caught 11 of 18 targets over the past two weeks, and has hauled in 38 catches for 588 yards and five scores in 12 games. Quincy Enunwa (38-449-1), Chris Herndon (32-412-3), and Jermaine Kearse (33-316-1) have combined for 103 catches, 1,177 yards, and five touchdowns.
The Jets’ feature the league’s 22nd-ranked defensive unit that shockingly limited the Texans to only 47 rushing yards last week after getting torched for 733 yards in their previous four games. New York is allowing opposing teams a whopping 125.9 rushing yards a game, and is also surrendering an ugly 243.4 passing yards each outing.
Green Bay (5-8-1 in case you forgot) has lost all seven road games this year and might have to lean on its passing game this week with top running back Aaron Jones out for the remainder of the season with a sprained MCL. Jones averaged 5.5 yards a carry for the second year in a row and will be replaced by Jamaal Williams, who has tallied a disappointing 365 yards and two touchdowns on 98 carries.
Rodgers has continued to put up decent numbers this season but has failed to deliver the comeback victories that have defined his career. The 35-year-old gunslinger — who boasts a 97.2 passer rating in 14 games — has tossed 23 touchdowns and only two interceptions despite getting sacked 44 times. Although the veteran is nursing a groin injury, all signs point to Rodgers playing on Sunday.
The Packers have the NFL’s 15th-ranked defense and is giving up 124.4 rushing yards a game. However, Green Bay has been much stingier against the pass and has allowed only three quarterbacks to pass for more than 300 yards.
My Advice to Aaron Rodgers:
Don’t play, and if you do, don’t fucking get hurt. He has taken a lot of shit lately and is probably feeling a lot of pressure to perform well even though the playoffs are out of the question but that is all just noise.