5 biggest takeaways from Packers’ loss to Jets in Week 6

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Run defense is still a problem

Second-year quarterback Zach Wilson enjoyed a front-row seat on Sunday. He handed off 28 times and watched the Jets pile up 179 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Even when the Packers knew the run was coming, they couldn’t stop it.

Sound familiar?

Wilson only threw 18 passes, completing 10 of them for 110 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Hardly game-winning numbers from the 2021 first-round pick, but the Jets didn’t need their young passer to put the offense on his back.

Instead, they leaned heavily on rookie running back Breece Hall, who rushed 20 times for 116 yards and a score, averaging an impressive 5.8 yards per attempt.

Michael Carter backed Hall up well, averaging 6.8 yards on his six attempts for a total of 41 yards.

The Jets could’ve revealed their play-call to the Packers and Joe Barry’s defense would still look surprised.

Outside of their Week 3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, stopping the run has been a season-long issue for the Packers. Until they can get the best of opposing rushing attacks, teams will continue to run and run at them.

As of yet, Barry’s defense hasn’t come close to reaching its potential this year.

We talked about the possibility of a top-five unit in August. In October, it’s an entirely different story.