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Week 16 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 44, New York Jets 38


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Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers beat the New York Jets 44-38 in overtime, to improve their record to 6-8-1 on the season. Aaron Rodgers completed 37 of 55 passes for 442 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing five times for 32 yards and two more touchdowns. Running back Jamaal Williams rushed 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes for 61 yards. Davante Adams caught 11 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, and Equanimeous St. Brown led the Packers with five catches for 94 yards. Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught five passes for 75 yards, while reserve receiver Jake Kumerow also caught three passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 34 yards.

New York Jets

Here at the end of all seasons, the Jets seem to have found a pair of decent fantasy producers. Sam Darnold looked awfully sharp against the Packers, while Robby Anderson scored his third touchdown in a row, as well as put up over 100 yards. Itís hard to trust this will be replicated against the Patriots in Week 17, given Bill Belichickís propensity for baffling rookie quarterbacks, but itís a good sign for next season.

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, 91 offensive snaps, Pass: 37 - 55 - 442 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 32 - 2
Aaron Rodgers completed 37 of 55 passes for 442 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing five times for 32 yards and two touchdowns. This was Rodgers best fantasy performance of the season, as he tied his mark for most passing yards in a game, had his first four touchdown game of the year, and scored for the first time as a runner. This was also Rodgers first 300+ yard passing game since week 11, and only his fourth on the season. Rodgers was rusty early on this game, especially on the Packers first drive, as he missed a couple of throws that even Davante Adams could not reel in. Rodgers got back on track with his first touchdown pass to Jake Kumerow, which came with the Packers facing a third and four from the Jets 49 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun, with Kumerow lined up out wide to the right. With a receiver coming in motion to the right side and running an out-route to the right flat, Kumerow was left wide open on a go-route up the right sideline. Rodgers hit him in stride, and Kumerow did a good job of making the catch and beating the final two Jets defenders for a 49 yard touchdown. Rodgers first of two rushing touchdowns came on a first and goal from the Jets one yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and rolled right on a designed bootleg pass. The Jets defenders were slow to close the gap on Rodgers who recognized he had running room and ran it in for the easy touchdown. Rodgers again had his number called with the Packers facing a fourth and goal from the Jets one yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center, jumped over the pile and extended the ball across the goal line just enough for it to be called a touchdown, which put the Packers up 38-35 with 1:14 seconds left in the fourth quarter. After the Jets sent the game into overtime, Rodgers put the game away on the Packers first possession. Facing a first and goal from the Jets 16 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and went through his progressions, as he waited for Adams to clear the second level of the Jets secondary on an elongated post-route. Rodgers made the perfect throw to Adams who had beat his defender easily, and the Packers capped off a wild fourth quarter comeback with the win in overtime.

RB Jamaal Williams, 86 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 95 - 1, Rec: 6 - 61 - 0 (9 targets)
Jamaal Williams rushed 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six of nine targets for 61 yards. This was Williams first game as the Packers bell cow back since week two, and he responded with his best game of the season, consistently gaining yards as a runner, and making plays in the passing game. Williams started off the game with a 19 yard run and didnít let up for the rest of the first half, finishing with over 80 yards rushing. It looked as though Williams was going to punish the Jets on the ground, but the Packers fell behind which limited him to only five rushing attempts in the second half. Williams capped off the Packers second scoring drive with a seven yard touchdown. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Jets seven yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center, faked right and then backhanded a pitch to Williams. Williams had a head of steam running left but met a pack of Jets defenders at the four yard line and was pushed towards the out of bounds line. Somehow, Williams managed to stay in bounds and steady himself by putting a hand on the ground, then lurch himself forward over the goal line. It was an impressive run on Williams part, and he has played very well over the last two weeks after taking a back seat to Aaron Jones for most of the season.

WR Davante Adams, 87 offensive snaps, Rec: 11 - 71 - 1 (18 targets)
Jamaal Williams rushed 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six of nine targets for 61 yards. This was Williams first game as the Packers bell cow back since week two, and he responded with his best game of the season, consistently gaining yards as a runner, and making plays in the passing game. Williams started off the game with a 19 yard run and didnít let up for the rest of the first half, finishing with over 80 yards rushing. It looked as though Williams was going to punish the Jets on the ground, but the Packers fell behind which limited him to only five rushing attempts in the second half. Williams capped off the Packers second scoring drive with a seven yard touchdown. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Jets seven yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center, faked right and then backhanded a pitch to Williams. Williams had a head of steam running left but met a pack of Jets defenders at the four yard line and was pushed towards the out of bounds line. Somehow, Williams managed to stay in bounds and steady himself by putting a hand on the ground, then lurch himself forward over the goal line. It was an impressive run on Williams part, and he has played very well over the last two weeks after taking a back seat to Aaron Jones for most of the season.

WR Equanimeous St. Brown, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 94 - 0 (5 targets)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught one pass for 12 yards on two targets in Sundayís loss to the Bears. Valdes-Scalding has become an afterthought in the Packers offense after putting together a nice string of games in the middle of the season. To Valdes-Scantlingís credit, he was wide open streaking down the field in the fourth quarter, and Rodgers just made a terrible throw that cost Valdes-Scantling a 76 yard touchdown. It was the type of play that the two had hooked up on several times this year, and it would have made both fantasy relevant players on a down Sunday. With the exception of that play though, Valdes-Scantling did not see another target besides his 12 yard catch, and has now started splitting the #3 job with St. Brown (three targets) and Jake Kumerow (two targets).

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 72 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 75 - 0 (9 targets)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught one pass for 12 yards on two targets in Sundayís loss to the Bears. Valdes-Scalding has become an afterthought in the Packers offense after putting together a nice string of games in the middle of the season. To Valdes-Scantlingís credit, he was wide open streaking down the field in the fourth quarter, and Rodgers just made a terrible throw that cost Valdes-Scantling a 76 yard touchdown. It was the type of play that the two had hooked up on several times this year, and it would have made both fantasy relevant players on a down Sunday. With the exception of that play though, Valdes-Scantling did not see another target besides his 12 yard catch, and has now started splitting the #3 job with St. Brown (three targets) and Jake Kumerow (two targets).

TE Jimmy Graham, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 34 - 0 (4 targets)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 34 yards on four targets against the Jets on Sunday. Graham was again an afterthought in the Packers offense, as the Packers pair of rookie wide receivers and Williams became the focal points of the passing game after Adams. Grahamís day could have been bigger as he was open in the end zone but the Jets secondary committed a pass interference penalty that helped set up a Packers touchdown. Graham has just two touchdown catches on the season, and has more than three catches just once in his last seven games.


New York Jets

QB Sam Darnold, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 35 - 341 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0
Since coming back from injury in Week 14, Sam Darnold has improved every week, culminating in Sundayís performance against the Green Bay Packers. In about as flawless a performance as any rookie quarterback this season, Darnold completed 68.5 percent of his passes, and didnít turn over the ball once, and in fact hasnít turned the ball over since his interception in Week 14, with six touchdowns compared to one touchdown. Darnold also led the Jets down the field on a pair of drives to take the lead and extend it in the third quarter. Unfortunately, his final drive stalled and the Jets had to settle for a field goal, sending the game into overtime, where the Packers scored on the only possession of the half. Darnoldís first touchdown was an easy catch-and-run for Robby Anderson, who has become the rookieís favorite target. The Packers bit hard on a fake screen pass to Elijah McGuire, and Darnold was quick to turn and hit a wide open Anderson, who took it the last ten yards for a score. Darnold hit fellow rookie Chris Herndon for another wide open touchdown, this time with a nice look-off of the coverage while Herndon slipped out into the flat, improving the lead to 28-20. His final touchdown was a dump off to running back Elijah McGuire for a 20-yard score, with the Packers bringing a little pressure. While none of these throws were incredible, the performance overall was very good, with Darnold showing patience on each drive regardless of situation, awareness of what that situation was, and the wisdom to avoid forcing throws which werenít there.

RB Elijah McGuire, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 35 - 1, Rec: 3 - 50 - 1 (5 targets)
McGuire didnít have a great game on the ground, as the Packers were often able to clog running lanes, but he made up for it in receiving yards. He did score a rushing touchdown late in the first quarter, when the Packers were confused by a misdirection by quarterback Sam Darnold, who then pitched the ball to McGuire. McGuire had a clear running lane and scored easily. McGuire showed nice speed on his 20-yard touchdown reception, which extended the Jetsí lead to 35-20 late in the third quarter. On the play, the running back was wide open in the flat on the left side of the line. McGuire showed good speed getting outside and outrunning the pursuit, before bulling his way over a couple of defenders and into the end zone.

RB Trenton Cannon, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Cannon is miles behind starter Elijah McGuire, and isnít even getting a ton of reps on special teams either. He wasnít any more effective than McGuire on his carries either as both backs had a rough day finding space behind a shaky offensive line.

WR Robby Anderson, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 140 - 1 (13 targets)
Anderson now has three straight games where he has scored a touchdown, and he has really developed a rapport with rookie Sam Darnold. Since the quarterback returned in Week 14, Anderson has been targeted 31 times, with the next two closest being tight end Chris Herndon and Elijah McGuire with 13 each. Sunday was his biggest yardage total all season, and whereas in many games this season he had looked disengaged, the last few weeks ó and certainly against the Packers ó Anderson was very much ďpresentĒ on the field. He made several tough catches in traffic, consistently gained yards after a catch on shorter pass plays, and found his way wide open on multiple receptions, including his 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter. On that play, the Packers safeties played well off and deep, while the corners and linebackers bit up. Anderson was wide open and after the catch, knifed in towards the end zone, slipping one tackle as he crossed the goal line.

WR Jermaine Kearse, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 55 - 0 (4 targets)
Kearse had one of his better games this season, catching all four of his targets on Sunday, three of them gaining enough yards for first downs. Unfortunately, he also injured his Achilles, and is likely done for the season.

WR Deontay Burnett, 22 offensive snaps (2 targets)
While there was some hope that Burnett and quarterback Sam Darnold Ė who were teammates at USC Ė might have some chemistry, that hasnít happened. Burnett missed on both of his targets and if it wasnít for the long list of injuries at the position, he might not be active on a consistent basis.

TE Chris Herndon, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 82 - 1 (7 targets)
More than anyone on the team, Herndon has been the best surprise for the Jets. A fourth-round rookie out of Miami, Herndon has shown far more athleticism and ability than most expected. That was on display Sunday, especially on his spectacular one-handed catch late in the second quarter. On that play, Herndon ran a simple tight end seam route, but quarterback Sam Darnoldís throw was a little bit off. Herndon extended his body and reached out to snag the ball with one hand, absorbing a hit as he did. Herndon didnít need to work as hard on his touchdown catch, where he was wide open on a short route out into the flat.

TE Jordan Leggett, 16 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)
Leggettís one catch came late in the game as the Jets were trying to sap the clock. For the most part he continues to be primarily a blocker and even then, was not used much on offensive.