Jets turn Lambeau into playground, crush Rodgers, Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Breece Hall, Quinnen Williams and the young New York Jets make a compelling statement to the rest of the NFL.

These aren’t the same old Jets who haven’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season, the league’s longest active drought.

Hall rushed for 116 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, and Williams had two of New York’s four sacks against Aaron Rodgers as the Jets won their third straight, 27-10 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

“It just shows we have an uptrend,” said Hall, a second-round rookie who has quickly become a key point guard on offense. “I feel like a lot of people expected it to be a surprise if we won this game, but we expected to win this game.”

Their confidence was evident in their exuberance.

Hall celebrated his fourth-quarter touchdown by doing his own version of a “Lambeau Leap” in a Jets fan collection.

“We all talked about it before the game,” Hall said. “We were like, whoever one of us scores, we have to do the ‘Lambeau Leap.’ Brax (Braxton Berrios) got the first one, but I don’t think there were any Jets fans on the side he scored, so when I scored, I had to.

Jets rookie cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner was seen after the game modeling one of the cheesy top hats typically worn by Packers fans as he walked around Lambeau Field.

Gardner said afterward that some Jets fans gave it to him.

“Just being able to play against someone like Aaron Rodgers was a real blessing,” Gardner said. “I said I grew up playing Madden and he’s always been on Madden since I can remember. Coming off the pitch with that cheese head thing, with cheese on your head, that was crazy feeling right there. I’ll never forget that.”

The Jets (4-2) are off to their best start in six games since 2015, when they also went 4-2 before finishing with a 10-6 record.

They feed on the mindset of their trainer.

“Just keep giving them body shots after body shots after body shots and keep hitting them,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “Just keep punching them in the mouth. O-line keep pushing and leaning on them. And we felt like if we could keep taking them into deep water, they’d find out they can’t swim. . a state of mind.”

Eventually, the Packers sank.

Green Bay (3-3) lost consecutive regular season games in the same season for the first time since coach Matt LaFleur arrived in 2019. The Packers lost 27-22 to the Giants of New York to London last week.

The Jets, whose offensive coordinator is LaFleur’s younger brother Mike, edged Green Bay 179-60 in a game in which Zach Wilson was just 10 of 18 for 110 yards.

Rodgers was asked after the game if he felt the Packers’ season was getting a bit wobbly with the team falling to .500.

“We have to be realistic about where we are,” said Rodgers, who went 26 of 41 for 246 yards with a touchdown. “We’ve played a few below-par games the last two. We need to play better. But wobbly? Only if people step out of line. I think it will be interesting to watch the comments from all of our guys and coaches, and I hope we stay together.

“That’s the most important thing. Until I see us breaking ranks, I won’t say there’s any wavering going on.”

Rodgers injured his right thumb while getting sacked as he prepared to throw a Hail Mary pass in the final game against the Giants. The thumb kept Rodgers out of practice on Wednesday.

He said after the game his thumb was “a little sore”, but added that it only affected him on “maybe a few shots, but not too much”.

New York broke a 3-all tie and took the lead for good by scoring two touchdowns in under 2 1/2 minutes in the third quarter.

Berrios gave the Jets the lead by scoring on a 20-yard inning. After New York stopped Green Bay on their next possession, Michael Clemons blocked a punt and Will Parks collected the ball and ran 20 yards into the end zone.

The Packers came back into the game as Rodgers threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard later in the third.

New York quickly regained control.

Hall scored on his 34-yard burst to open the fourth quarter to make it 24-10, the longest scrimmage streak in the Iowa State rookie second-round pick’s young career.

“It was supposed to be a reverse pass,” Hall said. “I was supposed to throw it to Garrett (Wilson) but I felt the D end was too far uphill so I couldn’t get off the ground. I just saw daylight and left my natural ability take over.”

The Packers entered Sunday having won 20 of Rodgers’ last 21 home games against AFC teams, including 11 straight wins.

But the reigning MVP had a frustrating afternoon against the Jets’ promising young defense.

“We feel like our D-line is a match from an advantage point of view over anyone, whether it’s arrogant or unguided confidence, whatever it is,” Saleh said. “We love our D-line. We think they’re a rolling ball of butcher knives, and there are plenty of them that can play at a high level.”

They begin to realize how far they can go.

“We see where we can go when we do what we need to do,” Williams said.

INJURIES

Packers OG Jake Hanson left with a bicep injury. … Packers WR Randall Cobb headed to the locker room on a cart after injuring his ankle in the third quarter. … Gardner was assessed for a head injury in the fourth quarter.

NEXT

Jets: In Denver next Sunday.

Packers: In Washington next Sunday.

Harold B. McConnell