Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wrap-up: Packers 9, Jets 0
By Kevin Seifert
Wrapping up the Green Bay Packers' 9-0 win against the New York Jets.
What it means: The Green Bay Packers improved to 5-3 to take a half-game lead in the NFC North as the Chicago Bears enjoyed their bye week. I'm obviously not in New York to poll the Packers individually, but they have to be satisfied with five victories at their season's midpoint after the run of injuries they've endured. Tally ho!
Scoreless: On a windy day at the New Meadowlands Stadium, the Packers' defense issued an impressive shutout. Despite a perceived mismatch against the Jets' rushing game, the Packers limited them to 99 rushing yards. But two late plays stuck out to me. Backup safety Charlie Peprah, playing because of injuries to Atari Bigby, Morgan Burnett and Derrick Martin, twice separated the ball from Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery -- one on fourth down to end a late Jets threat. You know it's a good day when your No. 4 safety is making game-saving plays.
Injury report: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers played much of the fourth quarter with his left ankle heavily taped after appearing to sprain it on the stadium turf. I had to laugh when, shortly after the injury, FOX cameras panned to Gillette Stadium to show Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre preparing to play with two fractures in his left foot. Can Rodgers ever get some independent credit?!
Unsung hero: How about punter Tim Masthay getting down the hold on Mason Crosby's 20-yard field goal in the first quarter? The snap hit the ground, but Masthay got it up in time for the kick.
What's next: The Packers will host the Dallas Cowboys in their second Sunday night game in three weeks.