Jets CB Sauce Gardner’s celebratory cheesehead knocked off by Allen Lazard

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — The surprise New York Jets enjoyed their 27-10 win over the Green Bay Packers so much that they decided to take part in some local traditions on Sunday. They made a Lambeau jump and celebrated the surprise by latching on a cheesehead, much to the chagrin of one Packers player.

It was rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner who wore the cheesehead, a gift from an avid Jets fan in the crowd. As he strutted from the field to the tunnel—the wrong tunnel, it turned out—Allen Lazard caught Gardner from behind, so to speak. The Packers wide receiver knocked off Gardner’s block of cheese, creating a moment that went viral on social media.

“I’ll definitely never forget that moment,” Gardner said, laughing at his locker. “It’s a tribute to the Jets fans. They sat on my head, the Jets fans. I just had to take it and run with it.”

Lazard took it well, complimenting Gardner on his game and nickname (“Sauce, that’s a cool name”) and insisting he didn’t mind the newcomer’s gesture.

“It’s just a little competitive spirit,” Lazard said. “Nothing too harmful in that aspect or anything. I’m sure he probably would have done the same if I was wearing a Jets hat or helmet walking off their field, so that’s just the competitiveness in me. No disrespect to him. “

The cheesy moment capped another convincing win for the Jets, who turned a 3-3 halftime draw into a one-sided second half. The Jets fired Aaron Rodgers four times and hit him nine times; they passed Green Bay 179 yards on 60; and they became the first team since 2018 to block a field goal and punt in the same game — and score on the latter.

Who could have imagined that? The Jets clinched their third straight win and improved to 4-2 for the first time since 2015 and won in convincing fashion for the second straight week. That doesn’t usually happen to the Jets. In fact, it was only the second time in the last 20 years that they have won by at least 17 points in consecutive games.

The Jets became only the second team in the Super Bowl era to have a winning record in six games, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research, despite being an underdog in all six games. The other was the 2001 Cleveland Browns.

“We believe we can be as great as any other team in this league,” said New York defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, adding that the Jets are “showing the rest of the world that this isn’t just a team that you can write off, or a team that’s like, ‘Oh, maybe they’ll be good in a few years.’ No, we come now to win.”

Once again, the Jets were led by rookie running back Breece Hall, who rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown. He became only the second rookie in franchise history to be at least 100 yards from scrimmage in consecutive games. He hit on a 34-yard misdirection play to give the Jets a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.

He decided to do a Lambeau jump. When in Green Bay…

“We actually all talked about it before the game,” Hall said. “We thought, whichever of us scores, we have to do the Lambeau jump. Braxton [Berrios] got the first one but I don’t think there were Jets fans on the side he hit.”

Berrios gave the Jets a 10-3 lead on a 20-yard reverse, a gadget play that seemed to rouse the offense from its doldrums. None of this was pretty, as the Jets finished with 99 net passing yards and converted just one of 11 third downs. They became the first team to win with just a third down conversion and less than 100 net passing yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

But the Jets dragged on, wearing down the favored Packers (3-3) despite a so-so performance from quarterback Zach Wilson (10-for-18 passing, 110 yards).

New York coach Robert Saleh tried to downplay the importance of the win, saying: “I’ll be honest: it doesn’t mean anything. Just like losing would have meant nothing. I’ve said it before: We’ve got to start expecting things like this.”

As Jets cornerback DJ Reed said, “I think we’re just getting started. We’re 3-0 on the road. That speaks volumes for anyone shopping around. … You definitely feel the confidence. Winning becomes normal. It’s expected, really.”

The New York defense took over, especially tackle Quinnen Williams, who registered two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal. The Jets felt Rodgers shaken throughout the contest as he fell victim to six drops.

“He was definitely frustrated,” Rankins said. “We wanted to see that. That’s our goal each week, to piss off every quarterback we face in a smart, domineering, violent way. I think we succeeded.”

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Emma Bowman

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