The last time the Packers were on Sunday night football they basically mercy ruled the Houston Texans with a 42-24 point victory. Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes and Arian Foster ran for less than 30 yards. I don’t think Rodgers will throw for six touchdowns again tonight but here are some keys if they want to pull out a W.
- The Packers are once again without Clay Matthews. Last week they recorded five sacks without him, but Matthews is a player they can’t afford to lose for big games such as this. The rotation of Frank Zombo, Erik Walden and Dezman Moses will be key to keep fresh legs on the field. I am also looking for Mike Neal, Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels to get pressure up the middle to free up space for the linebackers.
2. Running game/Screens:
- The Giants boast one of the fastest and deepest defensive line groups in the NFL. James Starks and Alex Green need to get consistent yardage to keep this group from going all out after Rodgers every play. The infusion of some draws and successful screens will allow the offense an extra half second if plays such as these can keep the defense honest.
3. Limit YAC:
- Casey Hayward has looked like a rookie very few times this season, but will be challenged tonight if/when he matches up on Victor Cruz in the slot. The Packers have done a great job this year to not get burned on the big plays like they did last year. However when you go up against Cruz and Hakeem Nicks these guys are fast and strong and can easily run past you or drag defenders a few extra yards. Also watch out for Ahmad Bradshaw coming out of the backfield.
I wrote in my game picks yesterday I have a bad feeling about this game. Eli Manning has played crappy for too long for this to keep going on. If the Giants are still in a slump the Pack should win this easily but I don’t see it happening for a fourth straight game.