Sunday, November 25, 2012
Halftime: Giants 31, Packers 10
By Kevin Seifert
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on brutal first half for the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium:
- Wow! Where to begin? This was a tough matchup all along, but I'm not sure anyone thought the Packers would fall behind by three touchdowns at halftime. The Giants' 31 points is already a season-high for a Packers opponent -- for an entire game.
- From the top, I think we're seeing the cumulative impact of the injuries the Packers have suffered on defense. Obviously they've had a five-game winning streak while losing Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews, Sam Shields and others from this lineup. But watching Sunday night, the Packers defense sure looks like a group with a dearth of playmakers. There hasn't been much resistance as the Giants rolled up 232 yards and, most importantly 31 points.
- Two tackle attempts by cornerback Tramon Williams have been shockingly ineffective. One was on Ahmad Bradshaw's 59-yard screen pass in the first quarter. The other resulted in a 13-yard gain for receiver Rueben Randle in the red zone. I don't get it. Is he hurt?
- The Giants' defensive line is making short work of the Packers' pass protection. Aaron Rodgers has been sacked three times, one leading to a fumble that set up the Giants' final score.
- The Packers put place-kicker Mason Crosby in a tough spot with a first-quarter attempt from 55 yards, from which he was far wide left. He did drill a 28-yarder in the second quarter, but he has now missed eight of his past 15 attempts.
- The Packers lost running back Johnny White to a concussion in the first quarter. Based on this deficit, though, they won't be running the ball much in the second half.