My unfiltered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today: WR Ramses Barden, RB Da’Rel Scott, LB Mark Herzlich, OL Jim Cordle, DE Justin Trattou, DT Jimmy Kennedy, OL James Brewer
Inactive for Giants today: QB Graham Harrell, CB Davon House, LB Rob Francois, OL Herb Taylor, TE D.J. Williams, DE Howard Green, LB Vic So’oto
The two most recent Super Bowl Champions meet this evening in a highly-anticipated showdown. Many people thought this would be the 2012 season opener, but the Giants ended up hosting the Dallas Cowboys.
While the Packers edged out a victory against the Giants during last season’s Week 13 game, they lost in an embarrassing fashion during the Divisonal Round playoff game. Aaron Rodgers said on his weekly show that he’s not playing for revenge, but some players might be, and most fans are relishing the idea.
The Giants are coming off of their bye week, and a fresh defensive line could be a problem for a recently reshuffled Packers offensive line. This will be the marquee match-up of the night.
Giants as Common Opponent: It’s definitely usually a big game when we get together. It’s an important game. I like the way our team has been playing and growing.
Dealing with Injuries: You have to give credit to the players. They’re doing everything we’re asking them to do and taking advantage of their opportunities. The coaching staff is doing well getting them prepared.
On Randall Cobb: Another excellent example of a secon- year player being exceptional. Have been planning concepts and wrinkles for him. A top-notch slot receiver who makes plays and positive yards when we put the ball in his hands.
On Casey Hayward: We really made a conscious effort to make sure we got younger players in and started. We didn’t want to go through what we went through last year. Casey is a hell of a football player and is doing a great job in the slot.
Greg Jennings and Clay Matthews: Greg is very close. He felt great and looked good on Thursday. If this was a playoff game, Greg would be out there. Clay is getting close, but we’ll have to see where he is this week.
Giants Coming off the Bye: It takes you back a little bit to the beginning of the season. They’ll probably give some unscouted looks we haven’t seen on film. We’ll be playing a refreshed team at home on a Sunday night.
Last Year’s Games: The game up here was a back-and-forth game. It was a tough, hard-fought game, especially in the trenches. We left some opportunities on the field, but it was an excellent road victory. The game at home, we just didn’t play fundamental football really well. We didn’t do all the little things you need to do to win championship football.
On the Giants Defensive Line: Their defensive line is their best position on the football team. They have depth, pass rush, and length. You can’t just take one player out of the game. They have three exceptional pass rushers and excellent complement players. We gotta beat them to the punch.
Trust in Mason Crosby: I have confidence in Mason. That’s my responsibility – to create the confidence for him to do his job. He’s had an excellent week of preparation. I’m not even blinking.
Packers vs. Giants – First Impressions – First Half:
Giants win the toss and elect to receive. Probably wouldn’t have changed anything if the Packers had won the toss.
Well designed screen play to Bradshaw, but Packers need to take better angles for the tackle. House saves the TD, but only temporarily.
Packers allow their first opening drive touchdown all season.
McCarthy said after last game he was upset he didn’t get Green more involved. Just got the first down.
Packers have now established the deep threat with the 61-yd. TD to Jordy Nelson.
Great coverage by Hayward, but he needs to haul in the INT.
Mike McCarthy could do a great John Candy impersonation with that mustache.
Crosby misses his first FG of the night, but its from 55 yards. Looked good at first, but sliced wide left. Worst part is the lost field position.
Misses by Eli and drops by receivers have been helping Packers so far.
Sad to say, but haven’t seen many defensed passes like that from Tramon this year.
Saw that pick coming in slow motion. Bad decision by Rodgers.
Packers defense scores a small victory by limiting Giants to a FG, but they really need to get a handle on the running game or it will result in tough times ahead.
Need to get back to the running game and not try to play catch up. They can’t just let the Giants defense take shots at Rodgers all day.
CJ Wilson injures knee and is questionable for return. That’s a major setback to a defense already suffering a lot.
Giants are going to test those young DBs all night.
Packers offense has been in a lot of long yardage situations. Not good against this defense.
I’m not sure why McCarthy goes with Green on 3rd-and-1 when Starks has been pushing the piles harder.
Rodgers fumble all on Newhouse. Way to quick to get the throw out. Is this the start of the implosion or the darkest point before the dawn?
Giants 31 Packers 10
Packers vs. Giants – First Impressions – Second Half:
Finley saves what could have been a devastating play. Aaron Rodgers simply has no time in the pocket to do anything.
This game boils down to the play at the line, and the Giants are winning all of the battles.
Why aren’t they running with Starks more? Green simply cannot escape the tackles and push the pile well. Use him more for passing.
Packers are getting thrown on in their base defense a lot. Giants doing a good job getting favorable match ups and giving Eli time to throw.
The only silver lining to this performance is that it could be the Packers playing for revenge in the postseason instead of the Giants. Other than that, not many positives to take away.
Can’t overlook the effect of injuries on this team. Ask any other team to perform with 8+ starters out and see how well they do.
Aaron Rodgers just can’t stay comfortable in the pocket (or lack thereof). Has had to scramble around pressure all day.
The Giants were at home, coming off a bye, and looking to prove themselves. These things happen, as much as it hurts to watch.
Going for the touchdown instead of the field goal at the goal line shows the lack of sportsmanship by the Giants. Packers won’t forget that, nor will fans.
Giants 38 Packers 10——————Follow @ChadToporski