At New York
!:00 p.m. ET
• This game was a microcosm of head coach Todd Bowles’ tenure with the Jets. Flashes of brilliance, punctuated with stretches of mediocrity and head-scratching play. The Jets controlled this entire game, except at the end. While the Packers were mounting furious rallies during periods of this game, the Jets never made any defensive adjustments to throw quarterback Aaron Rodgers off his rhythm. Three separate times, the Jets led by 14 points. An NFL team simply shouldn’t lose when that happens, particularly at home.
• While national commentators have spent the entire season speaking about the Packers lack of talent, we beg to differ. Little-used running back Jamaal Williams, a 2017 fourth-round draft pick, had a terrific game, and the Packers young receiver group continues to improve. Packers defensive back Jaire Alexander also is on his way to becoming a highly productive player and star. In our view, the Packers need an attitude change more than anything else. Sometimes they seem to play as if the opponent should roll over simply because they are the Packers.
• Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold continues to shine, and he is developing a nice rapport with wide receiver Robby Anderson. Tight end Chris Herndon also is a blossoming star. The game clearly is slowing down for Darnold, and if the Jets are able to get him some more help, he will become one of the best quarterbacks in football. He has a feel for the game that is superior to some of his peers. His poise and composure also are impressive and appears to rub off on his teammates.