Sunday, November 25, 2012
How you feeling? Giants-Packers
By Dan Graziano
As the New York Giants prepared to host the Green Bay Packers at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, here's one reason for Giants fans to feel good and one reason for concern.
Feeling good: The Packers are vulnerable. With Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews out due to injury, the defense is definitely not at full strength. That should allow the Giants' offense the opportunity to grind out the kinds of long drives that keep Aaron Rodgers and the high-octane Green Bay offense on the sideline for much of the game. Now, that assumes the Giants figured some things out over the bye about an offense that has really sputtered over its last three games. But that gets to the issue of how much Giants fans should trust quarterback Eli Manning and the coaching staff to fix their problems, and I personally think they've earned a lot of that kind of trust.
Cause for concern: The Giants' defense needs to wake up as well, and in a very specific way. The Giants have forced a lot of turnovers this year, but their vaunted pass rush has not been as dominant as it has in past seasons. They will need to put pressure on Rodgers, which was their formula for beating him in January in the playoff game in Green Bay. The Giants had four sacks and 13 hurries that day against Rodgers, who threw an interception and lost a fumble, too. Jason Pierre-Paul is having a fine season, but he needs more help from Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora on the other side of the defensive line.