Monday, November 1, 2010
How the Packers shut out the Jets
By Kevin Seifert
The Green Bay Packers shut out the New York Jets on Sunday with a defense missing six players who have made starts this season. A seventh, defensive end Cullen Jenkins, was limited to situational usage by a calf injury.
How did the Packers do it? First, their reserve defenders outmuscled the Jets' offensive front, liming them to 99 rushing yards -- about 60 percent of their typical output. Most notably, newcomer Howard Green proved a difficult anchor to root out.
In turn, that rendered the Jets' play-action passes largely ineffective. The chart shows how Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez fared in that category relative to his first seven games of the season, courtesy ESPN Stats & Information.