Packers-Giants: First half thoughts
Easily the worst half of football since the second half of the Indianapolis game as both offensively and defensively the Packers were outclassed.
The offensive line will be an issue for the remainder of the year, there's no question about that. But last week the o-line held their own against a good Detroit defensive line. Not so much tonight. New York's defense had struggled in their previous two games but it certainly looks like they cleaned up whatever issues they were having in their bye week.
Facing a steady, consistent pass rush the Packers have been out of synch. Worse yet, the Packers turned it over twice. The Giants are very good at forcing turnovers so protecting the ball comes at a premium. The sequence late in the half in which Rodgers was pressured and fumbled and then followed by a Giants touchdown was indicative of the entire half. The Packers couldn't protect Rodgers or the ball.
The running game was anemic and ineffective again and unfortunately it will not be a 25 carry night for either James Starks or Alex Green. This will likely lead to more pressure on Rodgers.
Eli Manning had also struggled lately but again he was able to carve up the Packers secondary. Poor tackling re-emerged and explosive plays were abundant.
The stout run defense disappeared as well. Ahmad Bradshaw's numbers of late have also been lacking so 56 yards on nine carries looks even worse. Credit New York with exploiting the interior of the Packers front seven.
Perhaps we're seeing the tipping point with injuries on defense. However, it should also be noted that New York has a lot to play for and earlier this year we saw what happened to San Francisco when the Giants flexed their championship muscles. We saw it again in the first half.