EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brian Schottenheimer’s play calls didn’t surprise the Green Bay secondary on Sunday.
Packers defensive backs basically said the Jets' play selection was stale. Most of what they saw on the field Sunday, they’d already seen during film study earlier in the week.
“We saw a lot of it on tape, so we were able to go out there and recognize a couple formations and make a couple big plays,” Packers safety Nick Collins said.
Green Bay corner Tramon Williams said he was able to secure a second-quarter interception thanks to film-study. Williams said he recognized Jerricho Cotchery’s route based on the Jets’ formation moments before he wrestled the ball from Cotchery on a third-and-11 to force the turnover. Referees credited Williams with an interception.
“I recognized the formation … and that’s exactly what it was,” Williams said.
Rex Ryan challenged the call, even though overturning it would have left the Jets with a 4th and 8 from Green Bay 41. The call was upheld, leaving the Jets without any challenges in the second half.
For much of the game, Mark Sanchez’s decision-making was eerily similar to his performance in the Jets’ season-opening loss to Baltimore. He seemed to be settling for the underneath route and shying away from taking a shot down field.
“I don’t think they trusted Sanchez, their coaching staff,” Collins said. “They only had a select few plays that they ran; that’s what I saw today. ... A quarterback like that on a great team with all the big names, you expect them to be going down field.”
The Packers' defense came into Sunday’s game allowing 250.7 passing yards per game, good for 14th in the league. Sanchez threw for 256 yards, completing 16 of 38 attempts. The second of his two costly picks came early in the fourth quarter with the Jets driving in Green Bay territory.
Sanchez completed a pass to Dustin Keller, but Charles Woodson appeared to rip the ball away from Keller after the tight end appeared to be down. The referees ruled it an interception. The questionable call should have been challenged by the Jets, but they were out of red flags after Ryan lost two challenges in the first half.
Woodson claimed afterward he made the pick -- which led to a Packers’ field goal -- cleanly. He also credited the Packers' rushing defense for forcing the Jets to go to the air, allowing the defensive backs to make plays against a struggling Sanchez.
Said Woodson: “We frustrated [Sanchez] enough and kept good coverage and there wasn’t a whole lot he could do.”