Well I must admit that I was wrong about the Giants once again, as were many other fans I would think too. There is no logical reason why the New York Giants go through segments through the season where they look as bad as any team, and then dismantle teams perceived as better than them. And last night’s 38-10 beat down of the Green Bay Packers was just another instance of this unusual occurrence.
The Giants opened the game with a touchdown drive that included a screen play to Ahmad Bradshaw who caught and ran the ball 59 yards to the Green Bay 2 yard line. The Giants punched it in two plays later with Andre Brown, who unfortunately broke his leg later in the game and will miss the remainder of the season. He was placed on IR where he would be eligible eight weeks later, which would be in the Super Bowl if the Giants were to get that far.
On the ensuing drive, the Packer’s Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 61 yard touchdown. At that point I was wondering why Corey Webster was still in the NFL. He got torched so bad on that play, that they were still treating him for second degree burns this morning. Webster did redeem himself by playing better and coming up with an interception. However, he has definitely become a liability in the secondary. In fact teams have stopped throwing at Prince Amukamara, because they know Webster will do something incredibly stupid and leave a receiver wide open down field.
After that touchdown by Nelson, the Giants thoroughly dominat
ed this game. They were able to move the ball on the ground and through the air, but most importantly they did not turn the ball over, which had become a bugaboo for this team over the last four games.
The Giants’ pass rush was absolutely ferocious last night. They prevented Rodgers from being able to throw the ball to receivers down the field. And on more than one occasion there was a receiver open, specifically when Randall Cobb was streaking towards the end zone, but Rodgers was forced to move around before releasing the ball. Each individual on that defensive front made his presence felt. Umenyiora had a big strip sack, Tuck, JPP, and Canty put a tremendous amount of pressure on Rodgers, and Kiwanuka provided two sacks.
I liked what Perry Fewell did with the defensive fronts last night. He gave the Packers a lot of different looks and I think standing up the lineman with Kiwanuka on the line can be an effective scheme going forward.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Chase Blackburn and Antrel Rolle who both played great as well. Blackburn was effective against the run and also provided pressure on blitzes which you rarely see out of New York’s linebackers. Rolle was able to limit Cobb to only four receptions for 39 yards. With Kenny Phillips back in the lineup, it allows Rolle to move around to positions on the field where he is most effective. Phillips did hurt his knee again late in the game, but should be healthy enough to play next Monday Night against the Washington Redskins.
The Giants travel to Washington next week in a divisional showdown that will have major implications on the chase to the NFC East title. If the Giants win next week they will create a three game cushion between them and the Redskins and close in on consecutive division titles.