Game Notes: What sort of team will the Packers be under Scott Tolzein? Fans got flashes of potential against the Eagles but also a lot of mental mistakes. With a week to prepare as a starter, backup quarterbacks typically do about 9% better as the starter, will this be enough to overcome a lost Giants squad that’s finally righted the ship?
Inactives (via Packers.com):
Green Bay Packers
12 QB Aaron Rodgers
13 WR Chris Harper
29 CB Casey Hayward
37 CB Sam Shields
53 LB Nick Perry
55 LB Andy Mulumba
67 T/G Don Barclay
16 QB Scott Tolzien will start for Rodgers; 31 CB Davon House will start for Shields; 96 LB Mike Neal will start for Perry; 74 T Marshall Newhouse will start for Barclay.
New York Giants
9 QB Ryan Nassib
23 CB Corey Webster
44 RB Peyton Hillis
59 LB Allen Bradford
61 C Dallas Reynolds
78 DT Markus Kuhn
81 TE Adrien Robinson
38 CB Trumaine McBride will start for Webster.
- Packers kick off, defense gets the first shot.
- Packers defense looks pretty much the same, a couple good stops followed by a huge gain.
- The Packers look lost or depressed, two 12-man on the field penalties basically shows they’re not into it right now.
- Rueben Randle runs a nice mini pick route where the cornerback have to swap responsibilities and scores the touchdown. You’d like to see tighter coverage by Micah Hyde but overall better offensive play and poor defensive play.
- Good stop by MD Jennings leads to a 40 yard field goal for the Giants, I think this is the way that the Capers’ defense is supposed to work, give up some yards, but make the stop and force them to take 3 instead of 6.
- Score: Giants 7, Packers 0
- Out of nowhere, 70 yards of passing on two plays, 25 yards to Jordy Nelson aand 45 yards to James Jones; hopefully this opens up the box for Lacy and Starks.
- I bet McCarthy is itching to give up on the run, but he knows he has to feed Lacy the ball.
- Tramon Williams shows why he got that big contract in 2010, what an acrobatic interception.
- Oh Marshall Newhouse, I thought you were supposed to be good against speed rushers…
- Crosby with a beautiful 57 yard field goal, probably could have gone another 5 yards.
- In all honesty, consider how beat up the Packers are and how badly they’ve been playing, being down 4 is about as good as you can hope for; looks like the Packers are starting to believe again.
- Score: Giants: 10, Packers 6
- Tolzein seems to have some issues with the center of the field, it seemed like last week he was also was missing a lot of defenders in the middle, but made good passes down the sideline.
- Miscommunication between Manning and his receivers leads a field goal, at least the Giants are making mistakes too.
- I like the fake field goal based on the distance and the risk vs reward, you got to do something to get a spark.
- Brandon Jacobs pounds in the short touchdown, my question is, how much of that is situational and the Giants and how much of that is the Packers defense, keep in mind this same defense stuffed Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce 4 times at the goal line.
- Score: Giants 20, Packers 6
- Two huge sacks for the Packers defense, first by Brad Jones and then a combination of Matthews and Datone Jones. I’m actually a little surprise that Manning is holding onto the ball considering the situation
- Wow, even as a Packers fan, that was a spectacular interception for Pierre-Paul.
- Why are the Packers even getting a shot for sacks? If you were the Giants, knowing that the Packers aren’t going to score 14 points in 5 minutes, I would be running the ball every play and punting.
- I do think it’s kinda of ironic that the Packers have turned back into the super traditional “dead ball” football team of pounding the ball down the middle and then throwing deep. It’s a pretty startling difference from their spread offense.
- Tolzien gets over 300 yards; in all honesty he’s play pretty good and might be the backup quarterback of the future. Of course he’s not Aaron Rodgers but he’s not Seneca Wallace either. A full offseason with the Packers and the McCarthy’s quarterback school will help as well.
- And the moment I write that, Tolzien wings one into the middle of the field. He’s probably been watching too much film of Rodgers cause Rodgers makes plays like that all the time.
- Final Score: Giants 27, Packers 13
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.