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It's A SHUTOUT!


The Jets (5-2) were shut out for the first time since a 10-0 loss to Chicago on Nov. 19, 2006, at home. And Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (5-3) didn't exactly light things up, either, but did just enough to win their second straight and one on the road.

The 9-0 final is a rare one in Green Bay history. The last time the Packers beat a team 9-0 came on Nov. 17, 1946, at Detroit. There are only two other instances of that final score in team annals, with the other ones coming on Sept. 22, 1929, against the Dayton Triangles and on Nov. 7, 1920, vs. the Milwaukee All-Stars. Sunday’s win at New York also gives the Packers a shutout victory for the second straight season since Green Bay beat Detroit, 26-0, on Oct. 18, 2009. The last time the Packers recorded shutouts in back-to-back years came in 2001-02.

Tim Masthay punted eight times and was outstanding. The Jets recorded zero return yards in the punt game. The last time the Packers were able to accomplish that feat came on Nov. 16, 2003, at Tampa Bay when Josh Bidwell (seven) and kicker Ryan Longwell (one) punted eight times with no return yardage by the Buccaneers. In a low-scoring game, field position can prove to make all of the difference, and Tim Masthay came through with his finest performance of the season when it was needed the most.

Green Bay, which settled for a 20-yard field goal by Crosby that gave the Packers a 3-0 lead with 4:41 remaining in the opening quarter and that was the first points New York has allowed in the first quarter this season and just enough for Green Bay to win. The Packers finished with 237 total yards and the Jets had 360, but were done in by their seven penalties and three turnovers.The Jets had a nice drive end in the fourth quarter when Dustin Keller caught a pass from Sanchez, rolled and then had the ball grabbed out of his hands by Charles Woodson. The Jets had another promising drive short-circuited in the second quarter when Tramon Williams ripped the ball out of Cotchery's hands while the two were on the ground for an interception. The play was challenged by Rex Ryan, but upheld by replay review.

Cool Stuff:
Veteran nose tackle Howard Green had quite the week, and he capped it off by playing a significant role in Green Bay’s shutout win over his former team. Green, who played in 14 games with the Jets over the past two years, including two this season, was waived by the Jets on Tuesday and claimed by the Packers on Wednesday afternoon. Because of travel-related issues, Green didn’t arrive in Green Bay until mid-afternoon on Thursday, and only practiced with the team on Friday. And then he had a solid day for the Packers on Sunday back at the Meadowlands. A very busy week for Mr. Green. Also, linebackers Erik Walden and Matt Wilhelm, who were both signed this week as free agents, also played, with Walden seeing time at outside linebacker in nickel and Wilhelm on special teams.

Nicely Done:
Second-year wide receiver Brett Swain also received more playing time with Driver out, and made his first career reception when he hauled in a 12-yard pass in the second quarter. Challenges: I have to give it to Coach McCarthy, he has been using them to the fullest and again on Sunday they helped stop a fourth down fake punt for the Jets that gave the Packers the first three points of the game. Cullen Jenkins awesome haircut! A.J. Hawk for stepping up and playing hard. Desmond Bishop for playing lights out again this weekend. The Clay Maker for adding another sack to his league leading total.

Needs to get better: James Jones on his up and down Game Days! Mason, even though it windy, you must make your kicks...all of them!

“All of a sudden when they get started moving, you’ve got to do something to break that momentum. It’s a game of momentum, and had we not had those, it might have been a little different story.” Capers said about the Packers recovering 3 turnovers by the Jets.

This was a great victory and one that we can take some things and learn from them, yet again. We really need to be 6-3 at the Bye Week so that means we can not let the Cowboys pull their heads out of their butts and beat us at home on Sunday Night next week. We need to focus on them and take them out of the playoff race. So here's to another great week celebrating a PACKERS victory! GO! PACK GO!

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