The Green Bay Packers lost for the second straight week to a New York (New Jersey) team. This time, though, it was at home against a Jets team that came into Lambeau a week after hanging 40 points on the Miami Dolphins. While the Jets certainly seem to be a much better team than many originally thought, there were still opportunities to win this game that the Packers let slip through their fingers. As per usual, there were certain players who actually did play well, while others were downright bad.
Allen Lazard may not have led the Green Bay Packers in receiving yards, but he was the only one to find the end zone. Lazard scored a touchdown for the fourth time in five games played this season. While the offense struggles to find its identity, one thing is certain: Allen Lazard is going to score a lot this season. He finished the game against the Jets with four receptions for 76 yards and the Packers lone touchdown.
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Is Robert Tonyan back? It certainly seems like the Packers tight end is regaining that confidence that he had in 2020 when he tied the team record for touchdown reception by a tight end. Speaking of team records, Tonyan set another one on Sunday against the Jets. He had 10 receptions for 90 yards, and those 10 receptions are the most in a game for a tight end in Packers history.
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The Green Bay Packers defense did not have a banner day (again), especially against the run. One bright spot, though, was Jaire Alexander. The star corner back had three tackles and three passes deflected in thr Packers loss to the Jets. Alexander had just one pass deflection all season entering this game. Make no mistake, it is not because he was playing badly. Through five games, Alexander has only been targeted 14 times. Opposing quarterbacks have just a 62.2 passer rating when throwing to receivers Alexander is covering.
The Green Bay Packers lost their second straight regular season game for the first time in Matt LaFleur’s tenure as their head coach. For the second straight week, the Packers’ running backs did not get enough touches. Aaron Jones had only three touches in the first half. After the game, LaFleur said that it was “not good enough” for Jones to have that few opportunities.
Here’s the thing though: the Packers had that same problem last week and LaFleur said the exact same thing. If it isn’t good enough, fix it. Give the ball to Jones and AJ Dillon. If you care to hear more of the same excuses from previous weeks, you can see LaFleur’s full press conference from yesterday in the Tweet below.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 16, 2022
The Offensive Line
As easy as it is to say the Packers should run the ball more, it would be easier on both running backs if the offensive line was blocking better. In particular, Royce Newman had another awful day and was replaced by Jake Hanson late in the game. The Packers need to switch some things up, namely getting Newman out of there and moving Elgton Jenkins back to guard. These changes have seemed obvious for so long, but the coaching staff, namely LaFleur, refuses to make game-to-game adjustments. They will need to if this team is going to start winning.
How @pff graded the OL Pass blocking
LT: Bakhtiari 89.0 (Elite)
LT: Yosh Nijman: 78.7 (Above Avg) *4 snaps*
LG: Jon Runyan: 58.9 (Below Avg)
C: Josh Myers: 65.8 (Avg)
RG: Royce Newman: 40.6 (Bad)
RG: Jake Hansen: 77.4 (Above Avg) *5 snaps*
RT: Elg Jenkins: 56.3 (Below Avg)
— Jacob Morley (@JacobMorley) October 17, 2022
The Pass Catchers
Look, Aaron Rodgers deserves a great deal of criticism for the way he has been playing this year. He certainly is not playing up to the standards that fans, coaches, or he himself have for him. However, his pass catchers (wide receivers, tight ends, running backs) combined for five dropped passes. Simply put, that will not win a lot of games. It’s not just Rodgers, everyone needs to be better.
From PFF’s game recap:
• Newman allowed 6 pressures
• Quinnen Williams had 5 pressures, 2 sacks, and 3 run stops
• Packers skill players had 5 drops on 34 catchable passes https://t.co/k6l2ATw717
— Paul Bretl (@Paul_Bretl) October 16, 2022
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