The NY Giants roll into Green Bay today, brimming with confidence they have what it takes to beat the Packers. If you listen to the NY media, Giants fans and even some players, it’s practically a done deal. The Packers, however, have other plans for New York.
Still reeling a bit from the tragic death of Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin’s son, Green Bay will be an emotional bunch today. Philbin will be back in the coaches’ box, assuming his usual game day responsibilities. On the other side of the ball, Dom Capers had some no-holds-barred film sessions with the Packers defense this week, and reportedly, nobody escaped unscathed. Let’s hope they rise to the occasion today.
QB Harrell, CB House, OLB Francois, T Taylor, TE Williams, NT Green, LB So’oto
Francois is the only one scratched due to injury. Some surprises at the bottom of that list. most people on Twitter are shocked at Green being inactive, with the vaunted Giants running game coming to town. Green, however, has done very little of impact over the last half of the season. He is a huge body, but hasn’t been productive. He was handled faitly easily by the Giants OL in their last meeting. This must also mean Capers is planning on running plenty of nickel today or possibly even psycho.
So’ oto is the big disappointment to me. If the Giants are in an obvious passing situation and you’re planning to bring pressure from ROLB, So ‘oto would be the guy I want in that situation (over Walden, Jones or Zombo).
The Packers have 8 offensive lineman dressed today. They normally only have seven. Rob Demovsky wondered if that means the packers were worried about Chad Clifton. I think if that were the case, they would have kept Herb Taylor active.
Philbin situation: I don’t have the words to express how the week went. The Philbin familyghas shown a great amount of strength and is a fantastic example to all of us.
Philbin coaching: He’ll have exactly the same duties. We met and discussed it yesterday – I told him to sleep on it. I wanted it to be his decision… Great to have him back.
NY attitude: Giants think they are going to be more physical than us. That remains to be seen
Packers’ Defense: I asked one thing – be as bold as you can possibly be. trust your instincts… The D was a big part of our championship run last season and we need them to do the same this year.
Week 13 Giants game: They were a wounded animal. Embarrassed, coming home… They came out punching. We played through our own set of challenges that game. That was a good road victory for us.
2007 game: We focused on how Eli has played THIS year. Clearly the best football I’ve seen him play.
NYG running game: You can go back in time. – as long as Tom Coughlin has been in the league, he wants to be a 50-50 split guy and have a balanced offense.
NYG DL vs. GB OL: Always a key matchup. Our OL needs to defeat their DL.
Keys for GB: Play to our strengths – QB differential and turnover differential.
Packers vs. Giantss – First Impressions – First Half:
BJ Raji puts his actions where his mouth is. Stuffs Bradshaw on the first play of the game.
Giants quickly exploiting outside soft spots in the Packers zone.
Packers defense playing as hard as I’ve seen this season, but no difference in the results on that first drive. They’re getting pressure on manning, so that’s a positive.
Giants held the ball for over seven minutes there…
Nice block by Tom Crabtree on Ryan Grant’s 19 yard gain on the Packers first play.
Looked to me like Greg Jennings turned the wrong way on the would-be TD pass that Rodgers just missed on.
Charlie Peprah evidently has something against using his arms to wrap-up on a tackle. Result: TD Hakeen Nicks. That was hard to watch…
The Packers receive a late Christmas gift on the Tom Coughlin challenge of the greg Jennings fumble.
Giants are going for the strip on every play like the 49ers did yesterday. Hope they have a better fate than the Saints did.
Packers vs. Giantss – First Impressions – Second Quarter:
Everyone complaining about the onsides kick try by the Packers. It’s only bad because it didn’t work. If it’s successful, everyone calls it genius.
So far, good protection by the Packers OL against the greatest DL that ever lived…
So far the Packers are failing 2 out of my 3 things for a comfy win” Catch the ball and don’t give up the big play… (the 3rd was don’t drop sure interceptions)
Tramon turning his back on the receiver… SMH
Helmet to the throwing arm by Hawk. Then Helmet to the chest by Des Bishop. A few plays later, same thing from Bishop. Results in Burnett INT.
Let’s face it – there is always someone open against this secondary. Have to keep hitting Manning…
Fumble by Kuhn. Negates the Burnett INT.
I said it last week about these Giants receivers. They go get the ball.
And to that end, a Hail Mary at the end of the first half actually works. Peprah passive, Woodson can’t get up high enouugh. Nicks pulls it down. hard to fathom right now.
As tweeted by Brian Carriveau, at halftime, the Giants are averaging 11.4 yards per pass, the #Packers just 5.3. There’s your difference.
Giants 20, Packer 10
Packers vs. Giants – First Impressions – Second Half:
Rodgers with an uncharacteristically dangerous throw on 3rd down. Three defenders around Driver, but luckily he comes back to the ball for the catch.
Then disaster. Jennings all alone deep, but Omenyura strips the ball as Rodgers starts to throw. Clifton whiffs on the fumble recovery and Giants get it.
Packers defense makes a stand with the help of a favorable spot. Giants finally have to punt.
Rodgers starting to take chances with riskier throws – he has no choice…
Once again, Packers OL really block nobody on the screen. Starks with a nice gain on his own.
Packers settle for the field goal after ball bounces off of Jennings’ hands in the end zone.
That’s what this Packers defense needs. A 10 yard penalty on the Giants on first down of every drive… Packers force a punt.
Packers vs. Giants – First Impressions – Fourth quarter:
One negative on Finley – he’s no threat after the catch…
Finley slows down on his route and ball goes off his hands on an all-out dive. Rodgers turns in anger. Pretty sure he was saying “run the route.”
Grant fumbles. Giants score on the next play. 30-13 Giants
Old reliable Donald Driver – if only he were 3 year younger…
The writing is sparse here… because I can’t quite believe what I’m seeing.
It’s over, Johnny… It’s over.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.