Monday Morning Quarterbacking
By Dan O'Donnell
Here's further proof that Hell hath no fury like the New York media scorned, courtesy of our blogging buddies at JSOnline. Of course, little to no credit is given to the Packers, who dominated a pathetic Giants squad in all phases of the game for most all of the second half.
4-4 in red zone attempts while holding New York to 0-3 is the stat that stands out most, although 2.9 yards-per-carry average has me a little nervous. DeShawn Wynn definitely earned more carries, while Brandon Jackson is still making some of us pine for Vernand Morency (who'da thunk?).
Who gets the bulk of the carries next week may be an open question, but the only answer for a much better Chargers defense is the kind of sustained drives that buried the Giants. That means an effective ground game to keep Shawne Merriman and a solid secondary honest. If the Packers can dominate the time of possession like they did yesterday, I actually like their chances of keeping next week's game competitive.
However, a somewhat shaky Green Bay defense sure as heck isn't going to be able to give LaDainian Tomlinson 5.9 yards per carry like it did Derrick Ward. While the unit did force two turnovers, it only sacked Eli twice and at times he had all day in the pocket. Giving Phillip Rivers that much time to find Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, or LT out of the backfield could spell disaster.
San Diego is a great team, but are certainly not invincible (especially on the road), as they showed this week in New England. Now if we could only get Mike McCarthy to start stealing signals we'll be all set to pull off the upset.