Packers Periscope: Week 16 vs. New York Jets

The Green Bay Packers get one last chance to get a win on the road as they face the New York Jets on Sunday.

This marks just the 13th time the teams have met so the history is a very short one.  Let's take a look back and to today.

The Past

The Jets lead the all-time series 8-4 and have lost the last two meetings.  The first game between these teams took place in 1973.

The most recent meeting came in early 2014 in Green Bay.  With the Packers leading by seven points, Jets quarterback Geno Smith hit on a long bomb and touchdown that seemingly tied the game late in the fourth quarter.

The score was waived off as a timeout was called on the Jets sideline.  Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was signaling for a timeout while walking towards the official.  Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson also said "timeout" in ear shot of the official and the whistle was blown just before the snap.

The timeout should technically not have been awarded, as only the head coach can call timeout from the sideline.  The Packers went on to win amid the controversy.  Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was with the Jets at the time and was ejected from this game for fighting.

In 2010, the visiting Packers shut out the Jets 9-0 for their first ever road win in the series.  The game featured two teams that would appear in their respective conference championship game that season.

The Jets defense that Green Bay faced was led by none other than current Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who held the same title with New York at the time.

The Packers' defense was also one of the best in the league, hence no surprise that offense came at a premium that day.

In 2006, former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy's first in Green Bay, the Jets ran the Packers off the field with a 38-10 win.

In 2002, the Packers were vying for the top seed in the NFC and visited New York on the last weekend of the season.  The Jets won big, keeping the Packers as the third seed.  The following week, the Packers would lose their wild card playoff game to the Atlanta Falcons, the first playoff loss in Lambeau Field history.

The Present

The Jets are 4-10, the Packers are 5-8-1.  Neither team is going to the postseason so this game means very little.

The Jets continue to middle through the league and their head coach, Todd Bowles, is likely to face some major heat after this season.

The Packers' playoff chances ended with last week's loss to the Chicago Bears.  A disappointing season lasts just two more games until the 2019 efforts will get underway.

Earlier this week, Mike McCarthy was thought to be a potential replacement for Bowles, if Bowles is let go.  New York is much different than Green Bay.  McCarthy in the Big Apple would be interesting.

The Packers placed running back Aaron Jones and defensive lineman Kenny Clark on season-ending injured reserve earlier this week and will now turn to looking at their young talent.

The quarterbacks in this game have not been ruled out.  Aaron Rodgers has been practicing this week and Sam Darnold spoke about his admiration for Rodgers and how he's looking forward to watching him in person.  

The Packers invested over $130 million in Rodgers before this season and there are many who prefer that the Packers not risk their franchise on two meaningless games.  Rodgers, however, has said he wants to be out there with his teammates until the end.  DeShone Kizer would get the start if Rodgers is inactive.

Now would be the time for the Packers to look at the bottom of the roster and see what they have in the likes of Kendall Donnerson, Robert Tonyan and Tony Brown, to name a few.  

They can also possibly take a look at moving some players to other areas, such as Josh Jackson to safety. 

Some want to see Bryan Bulaga at right guard, as he's been rumored to be moving there after this season if the Packers keep him on.  However, if Bulaga plays this week, he'll be at right tackle if Rodgers is starting.  Bank on it.  

The Future

So here we are, in the same spot we were in last year at this time.  Two final meaningless games but this time, Rodgers is willing and able to play.

I expect a very sloppy game featuring many players trying their hearts out to keep or earn jobs for next season.  It's the winter version of the preseason and it's still not something we're used to.

With the Packers' struggles on the road and against an unfamiliar opponent, I don't see them getting the win this week.  2018 has not been kind to this team so why start now?

Hopefully no big injuries for the Packers and they can head into the home finale ready to send off the season on a positive note.

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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Lare's picture

December 21, 2018 at 11:20 am

I think the biggest question for this game is how hard these two teams are trying to win. They both stand to benefit by losing and I'm sure the most important thing to both teams is keeping players healthy.

I think we'll see the bigger name starters playing about a half before they defer to backups. Because I haven't seen the Packers win on the road yet this season, I predict they continue that record with the final being dictated by mistakes & officiating- Packers -12, Jets -17.

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jeepingmakooi's picture

December 21, 2018 at 11:55 am

Both h.C are trying to either Jeep or get a different job... Niether one is going to sit the starting players. I expect a decent game.

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jeepingmakooi's picture

December 21, 2018 at 11:59 am

Keep not jeep

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Ryan3468's picture

December 21, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Joe Philbin doesn’t want to work.

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jeepingmakooi's picture

December 21, 2018 at 01:09 pm

It appears you have no idea what your talking. Congrats

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scullyitsme's picture

December 21, 2018 at 01:12 pm

My goal is to have enough egg nog to make this game bearable.

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HankScorpio's picture

December 21, 2018 at 03:47 pm

'Two final meaningless games"

If anyone that steps on the field plays like they agree, I think we'll have a clear indicator where the off season upgrades need to happen.

These are two bad teams. And bad teams play bad football. So I expect we'll see our share of bad football on Sunday. But any player or coach that can't find meaning in all of their 16 opportunities to play football is a player or coach that can spend their time elsewhere, IMO. Maybe I'm not smart enough to see the wisdom in tanking. But I don't see it.

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December 21, 2018 at 04:20 pm

I disagree. It takes a lot to make a pro football bad. Bad owner, Bad front office, bad coaching. (see Browns, Cleveland) Most football teams are more hapless than bad. Colts and Cowboys under Jerry Johnson. I can't speak for the Jets, I haven't seen enough to make a judgement about them. But the Packers main problem has been Mark Murphy's 'leadership' on the football side of the house. Packers are not bad, they had the talent, just too thin at too many positions to complete if hit by the usual wave of injuries. Did Murphy make the front office situation worse? I say yes, by delaying the selection of a new GM. We are now only seeing the effects of his actions on the field this year. Those are issues that will be fixed by this organization. So I would not call the Packers a bad football team, just a hapless one at this point.

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PatrickGB's picture

December 21, 2018 at 06:15 pm

I thought that I read that Clark was NOT on IR? He is Not playing and out but not actually on IR.
Did I get that wrong?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

December 22, 2018 at 03:16 pm

Clark is still on the 53-man roster.
Clark will not play against the Jets.

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Portland Mark's picture

December 22, 2018 at 10:46 am

At the start of the 1973 season we thought both of these teams had post season potential. This MNF opener may have even been a SB preview. They both ended up much like they are ending up this season.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgm-7o-Pr1s

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