Saturday, December 3, 2011

Giants-Packers game preview: A look ahead to Sunday's gut check for the Giants

Jordy Nelson and the Green Bay Packers' wide receivers gave Corey Webster and the Giants' secondary fits last season. The Giants are hoping for a better result this time around.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 12/3/11

Dottino: Giants Vs. Packers Preview

Packers (credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)   vs. Giants (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Packers (credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images) vs. Giants (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
By Paul Dottino - 12/3/11

Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is chased out of the pocket against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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By Richard Langford - Bleacher Report 12/3/11

Brandon Jacobs: 3 Reasons the New York Giants Should Have Traded Their RB

Brandon Jacobs has become obsolete. The Giants missed out on trading him for something of value 
By Frank Gray - Bleacher Report 12/3/11

Giants Want Victory, Not Notoriety vs. Packers

Yes, if the Giants beat the Packers Sunday, they’ll be the lead story in every media outlet’s NFL coverage Sunday and Monday. The Giants aren’t looking for a headline, but a victory.

By Michael Eisen - 12/3/11

Will Giants End Another Streak?

The Giants will face an undefeated Packers team Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Can they break the Champs streak? History is on their side.

By Dan Salomone - 12/3/11

Kick Return looks to break one

Da’Rel Scott is itching to give what Tom Coughlin hasn’t seen in the last four years – a spark from the kick return department.

By Dan Salomone - 12/3/11

Scouting Report: Green Bay Packers

The Scouting Report breaks down the Packers' offense, defense and special teams.

By Michael Eisen - 12/3/11

Coughlin's Corner

The Coughlin Corner,’s exclusive weekly interview with head coach Tom Coughlin.

By Michael Eisen - 12/3/11

NY Giants, Antrel Rolle look to take out frustration on Green Bay Packers Sunday

New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle (26) and New York Giants outside linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka (94) during practice at Timex Field before their game agains the Green Bay Packers.
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 Giants' Mathias Kiwanuka (l.) and Antrel Rolle enjoy touching moment for defense during practice.
By Ebenezer Samuel - NY Dailynews 12/3/11

InReeseWeTrust: New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers Week 13 Game Preview

Green Bay Packers (11-0) at New York Giants (6-5) at 4:15, Sunday in the Meadowlands
By Ben Kelly - 12/3/11

What happened last week?
In a game now largely overshadowed by Ndamukong Suh’s ejection and subsequent suspension this week, the Packers stifled the 7-3 Detroit Lions in a primetime Thanksgiving matchup. On the rare day when Aaron Rodgers’ offense scores less than 30 points, the Packer defense stole the show and held Detroit scoreless until the fourth quarter. Green Bay capitalized on Matt Stafford’s trio of interceptions with 17 points off turnovers. The Lions scored with 16 seconds left to make the score a respectable 27-15, but the result was never in doubt when the Packers carried a 24-0 lead into the final period.

Are there any Packer weaknesses?
In compiling these weekly previews, my first go-to for analysis is to pick apart a team’s losses and look for the trends that explain a defeat. For Buffalo it was the Bills handing a rookie left tackle his first start against the then-feared Giants pass rush in the Meadowlands. Last week it was the Giants’ limits in the linebacking corps allowing Jimmy Graham and New Orleans’ running backs to gash holes all around the field. When looking to Green Bay, there just isn’t a single scheme that yells “Exploit me!” The Packers’ 31st ranked pass defense is countered by the fact that opponents are always trying to keep pace with Rodgers and diminished by the Pack’s league-leading 25 interceptions. Green Bay has the NFL’s second-best turnover margin at +1.4 per game. Even when you think your team evened the score against the Packers with a touchdown, Rodgers responds by marching his offense down the field for a touchdown on the next drive a whopping 60% of the time. But alas! A feeble weakness for the Packers on the road, where they’ll be facing the Giants this weekend: margin of victory. The Packers enjoy the spoils of playing in Lambeau most, amassing a 20.4 margin of victory opposed to just an 8.8 road win margin. But still there is a catch. The Packers have played a tougher road schedule (opponents are 30-36 overall, .454) than at home (22-35, .400). When a road margin of victory is an undefeated team’s weakness, there isn’t much else to hope for. The Packers appearing on the Giants’ home slate might be the only comfort for New York this Sunday.

Any chance for redemption in New York?
The Giants do have a good history against undefeated teams late in the season- the ‘07 Patriots (twice almost) and ’98 Denver Broncos ring a bell. In 1998, John Elway led the reigning Super Bowl Champion Broncos into the Meadowlands with a 13-0 record. Sound familiar? Green Bay carries practically an identical resume on the surface- undefeated record, Super Bowl ring, super-human quarterback. In 1998 the Giants finished 8-8, perfectly mediocre. The 2011 Giants enter the weekend with a mediocre 6-5 record of their own and three fresh, consecutive disappointing losses and one major embarrassment on the game’s biggest stage this past Monday night. Not exactly the kind of three-game swing you’d like to carry into a matchup with the league’s best team, but we’ll have to deal with it.

Nothing about last week suggests the Giants have a chance against Green Bay. Forgotten man Eli Manning posted one of the best performances of his career, at one point stringing together 21 consecutive completions in the second half on his way to 406 yards and two touchdowns on 33 of 47 passing (70%). Only one other player deserves mentioning: Jason Pierre-Paul for his hustle from the line of scrimmage to stuff New Orleans’ fake field goal attempt on the opening drive. Deservedly so, postgame chatter in New York centered on how in the world the Giants could possibly reinvent its defense in time for the Packers. After a scoreless first quarter by both teams, New Orleans scored touchdowns on seven of its next nine drives, including one Drew Brees nine-yard scramble, his first rushing touchdown since week seven of two years ago. I want to believe in some Giants defensive magic this week, but I just can’t see New York stopping the bleeding against the Packers. The Giants and Packers faced off in week sixteen of last year in Lambeau, a game New York held on to until the Pack piled on three unanswered scores for a 45-17 victory. The Giants have no business winning this game… but they will. Just as Kent Graham lofted a pass into the corner end zone for Amani Toomer’s game winning score in ’98, ending the Broncos’ undefeated season, late-game magic from Eli Manning will save the Giants falling completely into a black hole this season. This season isn’t over yet. Giants win, 34-31.

New York Giants: 5 Players That Need To Step Up and Wake Up Down the Stretch

Justin Tucks presence has been irrelevant this season, causing a big blow to the Giants defense 
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By Anthony Prestano - Bleacher Report 12/3/11

Giants vs. Packers MetLife Stadium Guide

What’s happening on the Plaza Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

By 12/3/11

Ahmad Bradshaw rushes back to revive NY Giants ground game Sunday vs. Green Bay Packers

 Ahmad Bradshaw gets injured foot back in door as he returns to practice and plans to play against Packers. Andrew Theodorakis/Daily News
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Ahmad Bradshaw gets injured foot back in door as he returns to practice, planning to play on Sunday.
By Ebenezer Samuel - NY Dailynews 12/3/11

New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley appears likely to return vs. Green Bay Packers

Giants' LB likely to play vs. Packers
RUSHING BACK:Veteran linebacker Michael Boley, who has missed the last two-plus games with a hamstring injury, appears likely to make his return tomorrow against Aaron Rodgers and the unbeaten Packers
By Bart Hubbuch - NY Post 12/3/11

New York Giants, coach Tom Coughlin in rush to right ship

By Kevin Kernan - NY Post 12/3/11

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