This first play is for the Jets red zone defense. Last week against the Bears the defense was shaking inside the twenty. This week they go up against one of the best red zone targets in football, Calvin Johnson. On this play, the Packers only bring a four man rush. The corner plays up against Johnson at the LOS, but then lets him run behind him because of safety help. The cornerback can get back on the lob ball and can also tackle Reggie Bush if it is dumped off to him. On this play, Stafford does not release the ball and gets strip sacked by Julius Peppers. He was looking Johnson the whole way, but the almost triple-coverage would not give Johnson any open space.
Make Him Move Out of the Pocket
On this play late in the first quarter, Matthew Stafford was intercepted by Packers rookie, HaHa Clinton-Dix. The key to this play for Green Bay is the interior pressure by the defensive lineman. This flushed Stafford out of the pocket and forced him to throw on the run and make an errant throw for a turnover. The Jets will need constant pressure up the middle from guys like Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson to make Stafford use his legs.
Stopping the Deep Ball
A big issue the Jets may face is their young corners stopping the deep ball to Calvin Johnson. On this play, the cornerback plays off at the LOS. He appears to be in one on one coverage running down the field. Once Stafford unloads the deep ball, the free safety comes over and helps on the coverage. The safety running over stops Johnson and allows an interception for Green Bay. The Jets cannot leave their corners one on one on Calvin.