Aaron Rodgers, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills
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Disaster struck, but the New York Jets are keeping pace with the mighty Bills

For four precious plays against the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets fans’ wildest dreams were fulfilled.

Aaron Rodgers made his official debut as the Jets’ starting quarterback but lasted a mere four snaps after he was forced to leave the game due to an ankle injury. Escorted to the Jets’ locker room via medical cart, Rodgers will not return to Monday’s contest, which stands at a 13-3 score in Buffalo’s favor. Stefon Diggs caught a touchdown pass from Josh Allen while the Jets earned three points through a short Greg Zuerlein field goal.

Jets (3)

  • PASSING: Zach Wilson (5-of-8, 41 yards, 1 INT)
  • RUSHING: Breece Hall (2 carries, 109 yards)
  • RECEIVING: Allen Lazard (1 rec., 22 yards)

Bills (13)

  • PASSING: Josh Allen (17-of-21, 133 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
  • RUSHING: James Cook (8 carries, 37 yards)
  • RECEIVING: Stefon Diggs (6 rec., 54 yards, 1 TD)


Any discussion around this game would be remiss without mentioning the injury of Rodgers, who has been officially ruled out due to an ankle injury. If anything, the world is about to see what, if any, impact Rodgers’ teachings had on Wilson, who is poised to finish the rest of the game. The acquisitions of Rodgers’ fellow Green Bay veterans may not be in vain even if their teammate is out long-term: in an offense tailored to Rodgers’ tendencies, the efforts of Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb could come up big.

Go Hall In

The rise of one injury could lead to the spotlighted return of another ailing player: running back Breece Hall. Offensively, Hall has now become the Jets’ MVP and he lived up to that emergency designation in the opening period with two momentum-shifting runs: before disaster struck, Hall got the Jets’ offensive season off to a brilliant start, breaking loose for a 26-yard gain that ignited an already raucous Meadowlands crowd. Hall later set up the Jets’ first points of the game with a soothing 83-yard carry that negated Josh Allen’s arm punt that set the Jets up in the shadow of their own goal post. Not every carry will be as lucrative, but the Jets would be wise to boost Michael Carter and Dalvin Cook‘s workload in the second half.

Defensive Struggle

Rodgers’ arrival was meant to take pressure off the Jets’ defense, to ensure that they wouldn’t have to play spotless football in order for Gang Green to linger in games. For the most part, the unit has responded to the unthinkable: it has kept the pressure up on Allen, forcing him into uncomfortable situations and short gains while working with the unfavorable field spots that a clearly rattled offense has provided. This game should at least remain interesting if they keep that up.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com
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