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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