Saturday, December 3, 2011
Giants out to slow down Rodgers
By Matt Ehalt
Eleven teams have tried and all 11 have failed.
As the Packers have steamrolled the competition to their 11-0 start, no team in the NFL has found a way to stop Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has thrown 33 touchdowns to four interceptions and is the league's highest-rated passer.
Sunday, coming off their worst loss, the Giants will try and see if they have an answer for how to slow down Rodgers and the Packers offense.
"We have to find ways to get after him," defensive tackle Chris Canty said. "We have to find ways to disrupt him. Hands in the passing lanes, bodies in front of him just do anything we can do to make him uncomfortable."
Rodgers has been nothing short of brilliant this season as he sets his eyes on several NFL marks. The Super Bowl MVP has posted a quarterback rating in each game of at least 110 and has tossed at least two touchdowns in each game this season.
In his last four games, he has 13 touchdowns to just one interception as the Packers have scored 152 points. For the year, he's competing 71. 8 percent of his passes. Those are numbers that are seen in Madden—not in the pros.
"If he wants the ball to be by your ear, he's going to put it by your ear. If he wants it on your shoestrings, he's going to put it on your shoestrings," safety Antrel Rolle said. "He's very accurate in what he does and his play speaks for itself."
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell vowed on Thursday that his team would get after Rodgers and that seems to be how the Giants hope to be able to stop to Rodgers. With his mobility and ability to extend a play, Rodgers can leave himself vulnerable to sacks as he has been sacked 27 times this season.
To sack Rodgers, the Giants must find their pass rush The team has just three sacks in its last three games and has struggled to consistently get pressure on quarterbacks as it has dropped three straight. The team, like its defensive coordinator, is confident that will happen.
"We're going to get after him," defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. "We're tired of losing. It's frustrating so we just have to go out and play as one."
On the back end of the defense, the Giants are going to be presented with numerous challenges, as the Packers possess possibly the most talented group of pass catchers in the NFL. It's a sure-handed group that rarely drops passes and can make plays out of nowhere with back-shoulder throws that capitalize against the tightest coverage.
"It's all about winning that one-on-one battle at the end of the day," Rolle said. "They create a lot of those and have a lot of different receivers and a lot of different guys that touch the ball. At the same time, everyone is going to play a factor and everyone is going to have to do their job and play their part and make sure that they're the best they can be at that position at that particular moment and everything else will take care of itself."