It’s been over a year since the Packers won a road game. That victory ended in overtime with a Davante Adams touchdown that helped guarantee Aaron Rodgers would come back from injured reserve. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s Rodgers to Adams to snap Green Bay’s losing streak away from Lambeau Field.
The leader of the Pack stole the show on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. After a slow start to the game Rodgers rattled off 442 yards passing with a pair of touchdowns. The passing performance was his best since the loss at Seattle in November, and third game with over four hundred yards this season.
Rodgers also did plenty of damage with his feet in what will be remembered as a quarterback duel with New York’s Sam Darnold. Green Bay’s QB only rushed for 32 yards, but had big runs in the fourth quarter as the Packers rallied from a 15 point fourth quarter deficit.
A pair of Rodgers one yard touchdowns will show up on the scoreboard,but perhaps his biggest run helped set up the final touchdown of regulation. Twenty three yards down to the Jets one yard line that ultimately set up a go ahead score in the final minutes.
Williams Carries the Load
Jamaal Williams also had a big day carrying the rock for Green Bay. In his first start since Aaron Jones was placed on injured reserve, the second year running back finished with 95 yards and a touchdown. Williams also made the most of his touches with an average of 6.3 yards per carry against New York.
Not a Banner Day for Banged Up Defense
Sunday’s game against the Jets was probably not one the defense as a group will care to remember. Early on the Jets were able to do pretty much what they wanted against Mike Pettine’s crew, which gave up a season high 35 points.
Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold finished with 341 yards and three touchdowns against the Green Bay secondary. An already banged up group that lost Jaire Alexander in the first half due to a groin injury. Add on defensive back Tramon Williams having to leave the game briefly while being checked for a concussion around halftime.
Special Teams Woes
Williams took a shot to the head from Trenton Cannon while trying to field a punt in the second quarter. The veteran was able to get up after the hit pretty quickly, and return in the second half after being evaluated during the break.
There are plenty of days where they would have been the biggest story on special teams. Sunday was not one of them.
There will likely be many that criticize the special teams groups after their performance. Especially the kick off units.
Following a Jets touchdown, wide receiver J’Mon Moore returned a kick out of the endzone but lost the ball after a big hit near the 16 yard line. New York recovered, but could only turn the miscue into a field goal.
The Jets’ kick off returns proved much more fruitful. Pro Bowl returner Andre Roberts finished with over 200 yards, the longest a 99 yard touchdown, and in the final minute a big return that set up New York for a game tying field goal.
Adams Closing in on Records
That takes us back to the end of the game. Green Bay would win the coin toss in overtime and start with the ball. Rodgers and the Packers offense never gave it back to New York.
Wide receiver Davante Adams is closing in on a pair of team records in the final weeks. He still has a lot of work to get the single season yards record (Jordy Nelson/1,519 yards), but he’s getting closer to catching Sterling Sharpe on the receptions list.
He’ll only need two more grabs next week after his final reception today. A sixteen yard touchdown to guarantee Green Bay wouldn’t go winless on the road for the first time since 1958.