NFL Week 8: Jets Lose Head-Scratcher To Packers, 9-0

Jayson LoveCorrespondent INovember 1, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Rex Ryan, head couch of the New York Jets walks out onto the field after a call from a referee during a game against the Green Bay Packers on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers defeated the Jets 9 - 0. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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For the first time since 2006, the Jets were shutout.  Today, it was the Packers turning the trick, managing just three field goals in a victory over the Jets in the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Defensively, the Jets held a very good Packers offense in check for the entire afternoon.  Save for a couple big plays, and some mismanaged field position, the Packers really could not get anything going on offense.

The Jets on the other hand, moved the ball between the 20s with relative ease most of the afternoon.  Some strange turnovers and a head-scratching fake punt, and the Jets found themselves on the short end of what was a very strange game at the Meadowlands.

The Jets out-gained the Packers 360-237.  They netted 119 yards rushing, and averaged over five yards per play.  However, the Jets turned it over three times including twice by interception, and Nick Folk missed a short field goal into a heavy old-fashioned Meadowlands wind.

The game wasn't without controversy. As usual this NFL season, the officials became center of attention.

Rex Ryan blew two first-half challenges, when Ryan attempted to have a fumble and an interception overturned.  The fumble was clearly a fumble, but the interception was not so easy to determine.  Jerricho Cotchery appeared to have a simultaneous catch with Tramon Williams.  The officials let the play go on forever, and ruled it an interception despite the fact that Cotchery was clearly down with share-possession of the ball.

The lack of a challenge became a factor, when in the fourth quarter, Dustin Keller appeared to fumble.  Replay showed that he was down, but the Jets were left without a challenge.

Sanchez's second interception was a ball that also could have been caught.  A pass intended for Keller was similarly ripped away by Charles Woodson.

At a glance, zero points and two turnovers make Mark Sanchez and offensive coordinator Bryan Schottenheimer easy targets for blame.

And while this certainly wasn't the greatest of weeks for either man, it is tough to blame Sanchez for his receivers' inability to compete for balls, letting them get ripped away by Packers defenders.

As for Schottenheimer, he certainly could be criticized for running the ball only six times with power-back Shonn Greene and only 29 times total vs. 38 pass attempts.  All of this against a decimated Packer defense that featured Howard Green at DT straight off the Jets' scrap heap.

It is worth noting that Braylon Edwards dropped a perfectly thrown ball that would have put the Jets in the red zone down 3-0, this time with the wind.

Santonio Holmes was a goat as well.  The former Super Bowl MVP had his hands on a ball that he would have clearly taken in for six, but he flat out dropped it.

Early in the game. Sanchez missed a wide open Edwards in the middle of the field that probably would have gone for 90 yards and a score, but Sanchez hit on his first read, a deep out for a first down.

All in all, the Jets have to be wondering what happened. A game that was there for the taking lost, and shutout to boot.

The Jets will look to right the ship when they travel to an improved Detroit Lions team next weekend.