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Former Jets WR Claims Aaron Rodgers & Co. Will ‘Lose the Game’ Against 49ers During Monday Night Football

Published 05/15/2024, 1:14 PM EDT

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Aaron Rodgers is gearing up for another season opener on “Monday Night Football,” marking his second consecutive start with the New York Jets. After a season-ending injury in the 2023 opener, Rodgers is ready to return to the field and kick off his 20th NFL season against the San Francisco 49ers. 

The team has made significant strides during the offseason to bolster their roster. With additions like veteran offensive tackles Tyron Smith and Morgan Moses, along with promising draft picks, the Jets are aiming for a stronger start this year. The team’s opening match against the 49ers has already sparked some bold predictions. Former Jets WR Plaxico Burress believes that the Jets will “lose the game”.

Burress voices doubts on Aaron Rodgers’ Jets

Burress stated, “I think they lose the game. I mean, I really do. I think it’s a bad game for the New for the New York Jets to walk into which you just alluded to 30 minutes ago that the San Francisco 49ers are the best team in football. Why would you want to travel across the country and play again on Monday night?” 

 

Despite the anticipation surrounding A-Rod’s return to the field after an Achilles tendon injury, Burress’s skepticism remains. He further highlighted the 49ers’ recent Super Bowl appearance, suggesting that the Jets face an uphill battle in their season opener. Plaxico said on The Carton Show, “Last season I came on here and I said the New York Jets would not win the AFC East with or without Aaron Rodgers. The Buffalo Bills won the AFC East. Did I not say that?”

In the last season, the Buffalo Bills secured their fourth consecutive division title with a dramatic 21-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers showcased a solid defensive performance to stifle the New York Jets, securing a decisive 20-6 victory.

Last season, Rodgers got injured early in his first Monday night game, raising concerns. HC Robert Saleh recently assured reporters that Rodgers will have no restrictions when organized team activities kick off on May 20. Therefore, Jets fans hold high hopes for this game. 

49ers eye redemption

On the other hand, the 49ers are determined to bounce back following their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl 58. Despite making it to the NFC Championship Game four times in the last five years, they remain determined to secure their first Lombardi Trophy since the 1994 season.

With all 11 offensive starters poised to return, including quarterback Purdy, who impressed with a fourth-place finish in MVP voting during his inaugural full season, and the dynamic Christian McCaffrey, the 49ers’ offense presents a formidable challenge.

As anticipation builds for this highly anticipated showdown, football enthusiasts can brace themselves for an exhilarating clash between two football powerhouses. Will Rodgers lead the Jets to triumph, or will Purdy and the 49ers defend their home field? Only time will unveil the answer.

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Paramita Banik is an NFL writer for EssentiallySports. She finds her inspiration in Deion Sanders and his journey with the Buffaloes. Beyond the Buffs, here storytelling skills stand out in her in-depth coverage of the league and compelling narratives of players' off-field journey.
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