Packers XLV

Beware the Humbled Giants

Posted October 6th, 2016 @ 03:10pm

We all saw the Giants' miserable excuse for a performance at US Bank Stadium on Monday night. You can credit the Vikings for some of that, but much of their problems were of their own making.

Their passing attack consisted of dinking, dunking and throwing the ball into the ground at the slightest hint of a pass rush. And their defense couldn't get off the field on third down, even against the Vikes' pedestrian offense.

So they come to Lambeau with everything going against them: they're on a short week following a Monday night road game, while the Pack is coming off a bye and was at home the previous week. Their secondary is a MASH unit, and they're deep into their depth chart at running back.

And then there's OBJ. The mercurial wide receiver's on field antics has been the story that's dominated the league this week. He's had more temper tantrums than touchdowns (he hasn't scored all season, after dazzling the league with 25 in his first 27 career games). Head coach Ben McAdoo blames himself for not targeting him more against the Vikes. You can bet he loves this matchup, after seeing what Stefon Diggs and Marvin Jones have done to this defense without Sam Shields on the field.

You never like to face a desperate team and that's what the Giants are right now, losers of two straight and coming off an embarrassing prime time show. Toss in that their head coach spent eight years in the Packers' offensive meeting rooms, the last two as Aaron Rodgers' coach, and you know they won't be surprised by much of what they see on Sunday night.

Then there's the Eli factor. As miserable as he has been against the Vikings in his career, he's been that good against the Pack. His Lambeau playoff win in Brett Favre's final game as a Packer remains a personal highlight, ranking right behind his two Super Bowl wins.

While the matchup favors the Packers on many levels, this one may not be as easy as it appears on paper. And it does seem to favor the Pack on paper. Let's start when Aaron Rodgers is on the field. He'll be without tight end Jared Cook, who's still in a walking boot and looks like he'll be out for a while. Look for McCarthy to show four receiver looks throughout the game, with Janis and Montgomery getting snaps. The Giants are decimated by injury to their secondary and Rodgers should find favorable matchups all over the field. They saw how the Vikes picked on backup corner Tevin Wade--expect more of the same on Sunday night.

The Packers will continue to feed Eddie Lacy, of course, but the Giants are decent against the run, so look for the team to come out throwing and then mixing in the run to keep them off balance. Expect a lot of up tempo, no huddle stuff, and some plays we haven't seen yet--the bye week gives you a chance to install some funky stuff.

On defense, the Pack should have four of the five injured guys back who missed the Lions game. Only Shields will miss this one. That means the pass rush will be back at full force, with Clay Matthews and Datone Jones returning to help out the emerging Nick Perry. The team's top ranked run defense shouldn't be challenged much by free agent Orleans Darkwa, but they'll have to account for their pass catching backs, Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins.

The binoculars will be on the secondary, who will be tested by a strong corps of receivers led by OBJ, who will likely get double digit targets. Will Damarius Randall try to get under his skin to draw a flag or two? We'll have to see...I hope he plays him straight up and plays more like the guy we saw week one, as opposed to the guy we saw the last two games. Quentin Rollins and LaDarius Gunter will have to keep an eye on rookie Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz. When Eli has time, he'll be able to take some shots. If the pass rush is doing its job we'll see more throws hitting his linemen's ankles, like we saw on Monday night.

This is the first of three home games over a 12 day span, all nationally televised: two in prime time and one at 3:25. The Packers will likely be favored by at least a touchdown in all three games. None of the three opponents feature a top ranked defense, so it's a great opportunity for the Packers offense to build on what it started against the Lions.

Both the Packers and Giants have been great October teams in recent years, winning three quarter of their games, to rank behind only the Patriots. And the Pack has been great coming off the bye week under McCarthy, 3-0 in home games. They're 7-1 in their last eight Sunday night home games. After watching the Giants the last two weeks and knowing the Packers come in more rested and healthier, the home team holds serve--though the Giants will likely hit the end zone once or twice with OBJ.

Packers 31  Giants 24


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Wow the Vikings pedestrian offense lol. Let's compare quarterbacks shall we: Aaron Rodgers - yards per game 219 interceptions 3 876 yards QB rating 87.7 Sam Bradford - yards per game 247.5 interceptions 0 990 yards QB rating 109.8 Yes but the Vikings offense is pedestrian even though the last 3 games we have won over the last 3 games by a margin of 12, 14, and 18. Please Dave your just a bit too partisan for your own good.

on October 10th, 2016 at 06:47am

On paper, this should be an easy win for GB--for all the reasons you state (Giants short week, playing away from home, GB off a by week--which BTW, such a situation should never be allowed to happen) a GB loss would be truly devastating..much more pressure on GB here

on October 6th, 2016 at 01:05pm

Guys, take it easy on THC. He doesn't know better. How can a guy whose team has never played good defense recognize it when another team does it? You should be merciful to him and rationally explain this new concept to him. Just like we shouldn't make fun of Wisconsin folk for dating their cousin. They don't know any better, and neither does he Please try to be more compassionate. Stay #blessed

on October 6th, 2016 at 01:40pm

The Giants play the Packers and Dave's first paragraph is the Vikings. I love that the Vikings are in Dave's head. It's awesome.

on October 6th, 2016 at 06:21pm

If McCarthy opens up the offense and stops being so conservative we should be ok. We need to score some points to win this game. If we lose, we will really be behind the 8-ball in the division. Go Pack Go!!!!!!!!

on October 6th, 2016 at 09:17pm

If McCarthy opens up the offense and stops being so conservative we should be ok. We need to score some points to win this game. If we lose, we will really be behind the 8-ball in the division. Go Pack Go!!!!!!!!

on October 6th, 2016 at 09:19pm

"much of their problems were of their own making."? Good grief. It sure is amazing that the Packers had an off week in week 2, the Panthers in week 3 and the Giants in week 4. The Vikings must be the luckiest team in league history. I can't wait to see the excuses when the Giants win this weekend.

on October 6th, 2016 at 11:00am

Same old THC, never willing to give the Vikings any credit for dismantling a team (the Giants in this case). Our pedestrian offense looked better than yours on MNF. Your god-awful CB's minus Shields will get roasted Sunday Night. Randall, Rollins, Gunther wouldn't even be #4 CB's on the Vikings. Can't wait to hear the excuses when you lose. You guys should be 0-3 if not for help from the refs in both your wins, in which case McCarthy would be unemployed right now.

on October 6th, 2016 at 11:06am

"You can credit the Vikings for some of that, but much of their problems were of their own making." Poor Jackson. I feel bad for him having to grow up among such ignorance.

on October 6th, 2016 at 11:07am

"You can credit the Vikings for some of that, but much of their problems were of their own making" Delusional packer fan is delusional. Davy boy, you're not good at this analyzing football thing. 99% of the mistakes NY made were due to running into a buzzsaw of a know....the same defense that smashed your overrated team. Any "novice" of the game knows this, why someone who actually has a job doing it can't see it is beyond me. But according to you cheese-brained dopes, Rodgers, Cam, and Eli, just all happened to have "off days" when they played the Vikes. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but there seems to be a trend here. As far as facing "the slightest of pass rush" you do understand that Eli avoided multiple sacks by throwing the ball into the dirt right????? The only question I have is, how can a guy who writes about an NFL team, be so clueless about another team in the division? The days of GB dominance is over. BTW, that torch isn't as heavy as I thought it would be.

on October 6th, 2016 at 11:10am

You should spend more time looking at who the officiating crew will be. No coincidence that the Packers' wins came with the same officiating crew...and the NFL publicly admitted to that crew blowing a rather large number of calls (in the Packers' favor, of course) in each game. There's no reason to be confident when Defensive Pass Interference is your second-leading receiver.

on October 6th, 2016 at 11:32am

It's so much fun to get Vikings fans going. You guys are so insecure. Cracks me up.

on October 6th, 2016 at 11:43am

@headcheese there's no insecurity. We've proven to be the better team, yet you clowns just can't accept it.

on October 6th, 2016 at 11:49am

@headcheese it is really sad how little someone who runs a football blog actually seems to know about football

on October 6th, 2016 at 12:01pm

Vikings fans are insecure? We're not so insecure that we would attempt to publicly shame our own child because we disagree with the NFL team he/she chooses to like. This isn't a religion, it's just football.

on October 6th, 2016 at 12:06pm

I would say substitute the word "delusional" for "insecure", and THC hit the nail on the head. Vikings fans can't bear the thought of the inevitable spectacular crash which will be coming at the most inopportune time. A lot of bold talk from a fan base who's team hasn't proven anything yet. It's coming, Viking fans. You can count on it. It's only a matter of time.

on October 7th, 2016 at 04:45am

Vikes will collapse. worry?

on October 7th, 2016 at 05:26am

Do the lavender fans even have a site like this? When I checked it is like their trophy room...."EMPTY" !! This site will start empting out of lavender when the defeats start piling up and be as empty as their trophy room. GO PACK GO !!

on October 7th, 2016 at 08:04am

OLD SOUTH SIDE GUY and most others this has become a ridiculous exchange of posts Soo if a fan base does not have a cute little blog and treat your team like a religion. your just not up to Packer standards. It starts with the immature author of this blog to provide the click bate jabs at an apposing team and fan base. And to the Purple posters grow up enjoy the current ride your on! You have a nice team right now why take the bait? Let these guys have their cute little blog.

on October 7th, 2016 at 11:58am

Damarious Randall out ? .... what a shame, he's so good ...cough...cough..... you'd better get on the phone to Charles Woodson and see if he is busy tonight ... he's probably still better than anyone on the current roster ... including Mr. concussion - Shields.

on October 9th, 2016 at 06:28pm

I expect this game will play out rather like the Liions game two weeks ago. The Packer offense will have to carry the day and that means a full game effort not just a half. The Giants won't get anything against the top-ranked Green Bay run defense but with Sam Shields still out and now Damarious Randall questionable and at least hobbled by a hammy those New York receivers will probably find a productive day. The Packers can control some of that with a big rush on Eli Manning. A minimum 5-6 sack game will be needed.

on October 9th, 2016 at 07:27am

Well fellas, I have said this many times b4 on here. CONFIDENCE is the the most important thing in sports. high school thru the pros. You can't play well w/o it.Manning does not have it against the vikes, he does against the Packers.. I hope MM is not an idiot and try to run lacy so much, 3 of 4 starters are out in secondary for giants., use 12 as much as you can, roll outs and and short passing game will kill giants, and keep the ball away from them. Richard Rodgers could have big game. Like starks better then lacy also in this one. Again, simple game, whoever wins turnover battle wins. Packers 26 21. vikes finally lose at home , 20-17- Go packers

on October 9th, 2016 at 11:19am

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