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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Expects Green Bay Packers Defense to Be Very Aggressive on Sunday

November 23rd, 2012 at 10:32 AM
By Dan Benton

'Eli Manning' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: When New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin addressed the media on Wednesday, he touched on the Green Bay Packers' defense and noted that they are often successfully aggressive; that despite giving up a lot of yards through the air, they frequently force turnovers. It's something that quarterback Eli Manning has also noticed during film study, and something he expects to see this Sunday.

"They’re aggressive in their approach. Some of their defenses that they play give guys the ability to be aggressive, to read things, jump some routes and they do a good job of getting interceptions," Manning said. "They’re also good at getting to the quarterback and they get a lot of sacks. That pressure can cause the quarterback to throw the ball before he wants to and with the aggressive play of the secondary, they get some turnovers."

But Manning, who typically excels in the first game game from a bye week, says their aggressiveness will also give the offense plenty of opportunities for a big play … so long as the offensive line can protect him.

"If you can protect, have time to let routes develop, there are some possibilities to get the ball down the field," he said. "Last year, it was kind of the same deal. They give up some big plays, they give up yardage in the passing game, but they also make a lot of plays."

Considering how anemic the Giants' offense has been over the last several games, an overly aggressive defense may be exactly what the doctor ordered.

So long as Manning & Co. come out rested and focused – something they certainly should be after a week off – there will likely be a plethora of opportunities down the field. Of course, all of that hinges on a successful ground attack and, as Manning pointed out, the ability of the offensive line to keep him upright.


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23 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Expects Green Bay Packers Defense to Be Very Aggressive on Sunday”

  1.  Krow says:

    Speaking of Gabe Carimi … I was super high on the kid. I thought he was as “can’t miss” as it gets. Goes to show you what a total crap shoot the draft can be.

    •  demo3356 says:

      I’m with you and still think he can pan out Aldon Smith was unstoppable that game and Mike Mental Midget Tice did little to help him out. I think that team is another fraud and may be on the outside looking in again this year if Cutler doesnt come back this week and usher big stiff Campbell back to clipboard duty

      •  Krow says:

        2010 OUTLAND TROPHY WINNER…2010 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES)…Consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection … Academic All-Big Ten …

        Carimi was the 2010 Outland Trophy winner as the best interior lineman in college football, and it appears likely that he will have continued success at the next level. Carimi is simply a “bad man” who looks to punish defensive ends on every play. His non-stop motor, coupled with his ideal size, make him a terror in the running game, and he has enough athleticism to hold his own in pass protection. Like all tall linemen, Carimi struggles at times with leverage and may have to make the move to right tackle in the NFL. Overall, Carimi is a beast who should be picked in the middle of the first round.

  2.  demo3356 says:

    Watching the Jets highlights on Espn and cant stop laughing. They are horrible and Sanchez is a turd.. How great is it to watch the complete and utter demise of both the Eagles and the Jets!!!!

    •  Krow says:

      I think Sanchez actually had a chance to be a decent NFL QB. But only the Jets could trade up to get him … go to the AFC Championship game twice with him at the helm … and then decide to destroy him. Tebow was the final chapter in his downfall and humiliation. Nice job there Jets.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    I’d put Carimi at RT for the Giants in a NYC micro second. That kid has skills.
    As demo stated, the concept of help completely escapes the Bears.

    Witness the night the Giants had against them three years ago was it?
    Almost as devastating as the night Osi has against the Egals Winston Justice.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    The Cowboys’ playoff chances were dealt several blows on Thursday afternoon.
    The biggest one was the 38-31 loss to the Redskins that cost them a chance to move within a half-game of the Giants for the NFC East lead heading into New York’s Sunday night date with the Packers. Should the Giants lose that game, the Cowboys would still have a fair shot at making a grab for the division crown although a slew of injuries from Thursday aren’t going to help them.
    Inside linebacker Bruce Carter, who has been playing a major role since Sean Lee’s season-ending injury, dislocated his elbow and, according to the Dallas Morning News, the feeling is that he will not return this season. Carter is going to have an MRI on Friday to determine the extent of the damage, but time’s running short on the season for a player with such a potentially serious injury.
    There’s a similarly dire prognosis for cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who fractured his hand on Thursday. He’ll also have an MRI to see how bad the injury might be, but Scandrick is already slated for surgery that’s going to make it hard for him to come back. If both Carter and Scandrick are lost for the season, it will make five key members of the Cowboys defense lost for the season thanks to injuries.
    Adding to a busy Friday at the MRI tube is wide receiver Miles Austin, who needs to get his strained hip checked out. There’s not indication that he won’t return this season, but optimism is in short supply in Dallas right now.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Carter = FREAK

      The cow patties are just not all they are hyped up to be.

      I especially loved hearing Joe Buck almost come to tears when it became clear his beloved cow pies were going to bite it yet again. He’s slobs the knob way more than Aikman. Which in and of itself is a major accomplishment.

      To be fair, Troy has become more objective in his analysis over the years.

      •  demo3356 says:

        I actually enjoy Aikemen and think after Collinsworth and Simms is the best color commentator out there. He is much more tolerable than Buck..

        •  Eric S says:

          Speaking of those 2 clowns I posted this yesterday…

          So interesting to hear Joe Buck and Troy Aikman contort themselves into a pretzel making excuses for Romo’s picks. Things like shaky line play, no running game(mentioned several times) and forcing things downfield because they’re always coming from behind. Hmm…that sounds familiar, except Eli doesn’t get a pass for playing and winning a SB under those very same circumstances, no, he’s just turnover prone and a notch below the elite like Aaron Rodgers. By the way this is an interesting read on Mr. Rodgers comeback failures.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    Giants need offensive balance to pile drive the Packers. A good mix of running and passing will keep Rodgers watching and his offense out of rythm.
    I’d really like to see a lot of Andre Brown.

    If Lenny Joe can play, that much better for keeping GB under control.
    The pass rush has got to keep Rodgers uncomfortable in not on the ground.
    Also pay attention who Rodgers choses to throw at. My guess is he will go away from Prince and try to make money on Webster. It’s becoming clear that Prince is a freak. The wonders a dunk in a ice tub can do.

    •  GmenMania says:

      I’m worried that Hosley will be completely abused. He’ll match up against Randall Cobb, who has been the Packers main threat over the past 5 games or so. He’s crazy fast and dangerous in the slot. And with Rodgers throwing to him? Shaping up to be a long game for Hosley.

      •  rlhjr says:


        The only hope is that Hosley has been “drilled” by his coaches.
        And if they make sure he does not give Cobb any “FREE” releases.
        In effect Hosley has to play “bump and run” boundary corner Sunday.
        And some pressure from Tuck and Osi won’t hurt matters.

        Yes, Cobb has been their heart beat the last few games.

      •  demo3356 says:

        not sure that’s the case. If Jennings misses the game then I think Cobb gets a big dose f the prince.. We should also see a lot of the 3 safety package with Phillips, Rolle and Brown on the field together

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Re: Carimi.

    I think we’ve all seen that taking offensive linemen early in the draft is absolutely a crap shoot. Some become studs, many wash out. The problem is that they see VERY few defensive matchups in their college careers that come even remotely close to what they’ll see every week in the NFL.

    Of course, you have to take chances because almost no college-level player can be projected to the NFL with certainty. But taking chances in the first two rounds is very expensive if you got it wrong. Never mind the salaries that become embedded in your cap calculations. It’s the opportunity cost of passing up another player who proves far more capable.

    And that’s why I like the Giants’ approach of occasionally taking a chance (ie. Beatty, a generally-recognized first-round talent available in the second round) but generally trolling for athletic potential later in the draft and coaching them up at Flaherty Grad School. You may miss out on some studs, but in doing so you get those players whom you would have missed out on (part of that opportunity cost) and you feed a lot of kids into the conveyor belt and depend upon a 25-30% chance that they develop into solid NFL offensive linemen.

    •  demo3356 says:


    •  rlhjr says:

      The thought process The Giants use in drafting is quite understandable.
      I do have one caveat.

      Even given the type of player JPP became, he was every bit the gamble you speak of with respect to offensive line (or linebacker for that matter) talent.

      And perhaps I should make myself clear on my objections to the Giants (mostly successful) MO of drafting OL and LB. Quite simply they do not.
      By that I mean they overwhelmingly draft “project” players at those positions with very few exceptions.

      They would much rather import a young (25-27 yrs) vet via free agency.
      That way they eliminate the rookie learning curve as well as the “dud” factor everyone fears so much. But FA’s cost money too.

      My beef is they just don’t get excited over players at the OL/LB positions to pull the trigger in the draft. I felt for some time that the Giants couldn’t find a good young LB/OL if they had a federal search warrant in hand. But they go ape $7!+ over DE’s. I also feel the Giants have an excellent eye when drafting DL and DB/Safety.

      However, at some point the overall offense and defense need blue chip players to man some of the OL and LB positions. It’s not that I feel more knowledgeable than Reese/Ross, the coaching staff or any of you on here.

      It’s just the logic tree sometimes does not compute. Because if Flaherty is so good with raw materials, how good would his product be using a player with God given ability? One suspects off the charts and basically point n shoot.
      In the end I do know why I am here and those folks are where they are running the franchise and the draft.

      I like the overall thought process the Giants display. But why not take a Solder or a Carimi if they are in range? And why not take an Aldon Smith, Weatherspoon or a Carter? (Carter being in JPP’s area code as an athlete IMHO)

      Especially when it’s clear those positions need an infusion of superior talent.
      And in the case of the O-line, they have to protect (Eli) the franchise.

      So I’ve put my head on the chopping block yet again. Hopefully I’ve done it in such a manner as to warrant the use of pain killer and a sharpened scalpel prior to beheading.

  7.  demo3356 says:

    I know Fewell has taken a lo of heat here this season but IF Landfill and Phillips can go Sunday night it will mark the first time he has had his entire starting 11 all season…
    Canty missed the first 6
    Phillips missed the last 6
    Prince has missed a couple
    Blackburn missed a start
    as for valuable players that dont start but play in packages
    Williams has missed 6 games
    Bernanrd missed a couple
    Rivers has missed more than he’s played
    Will Hill was suspended 4 games
    Hopefully coming off the bye with his starting 11 in tact we will see more of the man coverage/ safety help over the top pressure schemes he ran the last 6 weeks of last year and less of the play it safe, bend but dont break zone schemes that make so many here so crazy

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I sure hope so. Because that bend-don’t-break defense will give quarterbacks like Rodgers and Brees and RGIII and Ryan way too many gaps into which to fling balls, and force our offense to play very well to win games.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Demo – yesterday’s loss was huge for us and Dallas. Not just because the win-loss column but because now let’s say a 9-7 tie we don’t automatically lose. That being said I still think Dallas is a threat. I think facing RG3 on a short week is a tough go. And them playing without their LT was huge because a punchless pass rush was all over Romo. I’m happy if I’m wrong about Dallas, I’m going on what I see.

    I was rooting hard for Washington because as dangerous as they are each and every game with RG3 I think they have way too many holes to not lose at least 2 more games. Dallas has been shaky enough the last 2 weeks that they look that way as well. But with the return of Smith, Austin and Murray they can still make a run.

    Like someone else mentioned now winning our next 2 games puts us just about as division champs. Really winning the next 2 games and Philly at home I think wins us the division regardless due to conference record.

    I still think this GB game is more important than Washington because a loss keeps both Washington and Dallas in play. Plus we need to beat another top tier team. Washington is dangerous but beating them doesn’t do nearly as much for or team confidence.

  9.  GmenMania says:


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