Packers win ugly one over Jets

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

TORONTO - It was an ugly day any way you slice it for those watching or attending the stinker in New Jersey that featured a marquee matchup between the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers.

I mean, these are two teams that conceivably could meet in the Super Bowl and what they accomplished was a 9-0 snorefest that ended in Green Bay’s favour.

If this is the best the NFL has to offer, fans will be praying for a work stoppage in 2011. If this was a statement game, then the only message shouted by the Jets was: ‘We may not be as good as we thought.’

The beat up Packers will, of course, gladly take the victory — it was their first over the Jets in New York in five tries and their first road shutout since 1991— but this one was more about a terrible performance from the Jets than anything Green Bay accomplished.

The Jets came into this home contest rested and fresh thanks to a bye week and with a five-game win streak under their belt.

But it was obvious that the Jets spent the majority of their off time reading press clippings and patting each other on the back.

Instead of a steady march toward a division crown, the Jets were shut out for the first time since 2006, dropping to 5-2 in the process.

The Jets managed to cross into Packers territory on just five occasions and three times those drives ended in turnovers, two on Mark Sanchez interceptions and one a fumble. They also missed a field goal.

Jets coach Rex Ryan had a day he would like to forget. In the first quarter he called a fake punt on fourth down deep in his own end which ended a yard short of a first down and turned the ball over to Green Bay. The Packers’ Mason Crosby then kicked the first of his three field goals.

Ryan also made and lost two challenges in the first half, leaving him without the ability to make any further challenges the remainder of the game.

The Jets’ clock management in the final quarter also was terrible and left them without any timeouts in the final minutes, which necessitated going for it on fourth and 11 from their own 23 and trailing 6-0.

The pass was incomplete, leading to Crosby’s third field goal of the day.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers didn’t exactly cover themselves with glory as they couldn’t punch the ball in on a first and goal from the six in the opening quarter and were just terrible on third down conversions, managing to move the sticks just twice in 14 attempts.

Both teams were sloppy and often looked confused with bad passes and dropped balls ruling the day. Rodgers finished 15 of 34 for 170 yards, while Sanchez was 16 of 38 for 256 yards and two interceptions.

If you missed the game count yourself lucky and don’t bother looking for it on ESPN Classics.

COWBOYS DESCENT LOWER

With their gutless showing at home against Jacksonville and subsequent 35-17 loss to the Jaguars, the Dallas Cowboys have officially become the worst team in the NFL.

Sure, the Buffalo Bills have yet to win a game and are 0-7 but in their past two games they have played their guts out and each time lost heartbreakers in overtime. And remember, nobody expected the Bills to do anything, maybe win three to four games maximum — if everything went their way.

With their loss, the Cowboys sank to 1-6, one win fewer than both the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers, two teams that posted wins Sunday to move to 2-6.

Last week in Dallas’ defeat to the Giants, New York players said the Cowboys simply quit once quarterback Tony Romo was knocked out of the game.

This week Dallas was forced to go with Jon Kitna and instead of rallying around him as the Pittsburgh Steelers did when Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for their opening four games and injuries forced them to play their No. 4 quarterback on their depth chart, the Cowboys rolled over like the beaten dogs they are.

No single play on Sunday said more about their lack of heart like the fourth and goal from the one with five seconds left in the opening half. Dallas was trailing 14-3 but a touchdown would have put the Cowboys back in the game. Instead they were stopped dead, and the Jaguars — I mean we’re talking about the Jaguars — rolled over them the rest of the game.

The way they are playing, the Cowboys will be lucky to end the season with three wins a year after they went 11-5 last season.

If that seems like a stupid statement, then just who are they going to beat?

Their next two games they are on the road against the Packers and Giants. Then they head home for dates against the improving Lions and Saints. They close out their schedule on the road against the Colts, home against Philadelphia and Washington, and then on the road again against Arizona and the Eagles.

If you can find more than two wins in that schedule, you have more faith in that team than me.

Right now, the Cowboys are a disgrace.


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