For the first time in Aaron Rodgers’ career as a starting quarterback, the Green Bay Packers overcame a 15 point or greater deficit yesterday to beat the New York Jets. Before yesterday, neither Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers had overcome such a deficit, in fact the only quarterback for Green Bay to accomplish that was Matt Flynn (last year vs the Cowboys).
For as bad as the start of the game was, the Green Bay Packers were able to show some resilience and pull out the win. The Jets made a couple of huge mistakes, one being calling a timeout on a in which they scored a touchdown, that allowed the Packers to get back in the game and ultimately get the victory.
While the result is what we had all hoped for, through two games this team does not look like the Super Bowl contender many had thought they were. Seattle was always going to be difficult, but the effort at the start of yesterday’s game was alarming. The offense looked lost and the defense porous. With that being said, the 97 yard drive before halftime seemed to ignite the team. Everything seemed to change on that drive and the Packers looked sharp and efficient on both sides of the ball in the second half.
The season is only two games old and we cannot jump to any conclusions, but I am encouraged by the way the team bounced back from a very rocky start. It would be easy to be 0-2, but the Packers were able to win an important game early on the schedule. Two divisional road games loom and entering those at .500 as opposed to 0-2 is a big deal. I wouldn’t term the 97 yard drive as “season defining,” but I do think it was important.
Let’s see if the Packers can take the momentum and get a win in Detroit this Sunday.