Packers-Giants: First half observations
The hope was the Packers would make it easy for Scott Tolzein in the first half but as it turns out nothing came easy in the first 30 minutes.
Like last week Tolzein was serviceable but missed an opportunity to finish off a drive early in the second quarter with the Packers in the red zone. However, for the second week in a row a confident-looking Tolzein led the Packers on a scoring drive in the final minute of the half.
The Packers opened up a offensively in the second quarter and they needed to after a non-existent first quarter. Eddie Lacy went nowhere on the ground though not all his fault. It looked like the Giants made it a point to take Lacy away. The Giants defense is still solid against the run and it can't help when there's no daylight provided by the offensive line. It appears that Tolzein will have to win it in the second half.
It sure didn't look like the Packers fixed whatever defensive issues they've been having. Eli Manning attacked the middle of the field, third downs were a problem and the tackling was less than stellar. And of course third down defense was again an issue.
But momentarily it all changed with the Tramon Williams interception. Now just forcing one takeaway isn't that big of a deal but consider the situation. New York was ahead 10-3 and in the red zone. It was starting to feel like the air was slowly going out of the tires and a 14 point deficit would be difficult to overcome. Yeah, it's getting that bleak.
So we had an anemic running game and a defense that certainly bent and nearly broke. To top it off special teams wasn't anything to shout about either. You can see where nothing came easy for the Packers. Despite all that a four point differential is manageable. But the Packers will need to win with all three units to steal this one on the road.