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Monday Morning Hangover: New York Giants Dismantle Green Bay Packers, Stop Tailspin

November 26th, 2012 at 10:27 AM
By Simon Garron-Caine

'Aaron Rodgers, Osi Umenyiora' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: After a much needed bye week respite from hitting the Big Blue bottle, the New York Giants returned to action in Week 12 and in one fell swoop erased many a painful memory of ugly back-to-back losses: the Giants absolutely destroyed the Green Bay Packers, holding one of the league's most prolific offenses to one early touchdown in a 38-10 victory.

The Giants not only convincingly stopped their downward spiral and reclaimed a two-game lead over the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in the NFC East, they played very well last night in some of the key areas that had been plaguing them. Let's take a look:

Offensive line/running game:

Although the likely season-ending broken for Andre Brown puts a damper on last night's success in the running game, the recent inability to run the ball was not an issue last night: Ahmad Bradshaw and Brown were really a dynamic duo, putting up 122 yards on 23 carries combined.

Much credit to Brown and especially Bradshaw for running hard, but the offensive line deserves credit both for the running performance (Martellus Bennett was a force sealing off the corner) and in the passing game (where Manning was only sacked once).

Much has been made of the Sean Locklear/David Diehl battle at right tackle, and Locklear did come into the game yesterday when Diehl suffered a burner, but regardless of who is in there the Giants need that unit to play like it did yesterday if they plan on making a run.

Run defense, pass rush, pass defense, umm, everything…

The Giants defense simply fell apart against the Cincinnati Bengals before the bye, as what had been "at-times" struggles of various units (a matador-like run defense, a nonexistent pass rush and a secondary prone to big breakdowns) all coalesced on that one day, making for a huge, all-around-ugly performance.

Yesterday, the exact opposite. The pass rush was humming again, leading the way with five sacks and countless hurries on Rodgers (did you see those meager shovel passes he tried in the second-half?). In the passing game, an early breakdown leading to an easy Jordy Nelson touchdown had us saying "oh no, here we go again," but the secondary really settled down and was probably responsible for a few of those sacks.

But boy, was it nice to hear names like Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka and Jason Pierre-Paul on the telecast again.

The Giants even turned their play on special teams around, as the Packers, who feature one of the game's most explosive returners in Randall Cobb, had a long return of only 30 yards despite seven opportunities.

Of course, not everything went so well…

The injury to Andre Brown is probably the big one here, and expect to hear names like Ryan Torain and Joseph Addai this week. But our heart still hasn't started beating after that beautiful shot NBC captured of Kenny Phillips and Jason Pierre-Paul both writhing in pain on the turf, although we haven't heard anything about either injury being serious.

One thing that still really concerns us is Eli Manning. Sure, he had a good day with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he was never really forced to put the offense on his back. But something seems a bit off; the passes don't have their usual zip, they wobble a bit more, and some of them just come out funny. Although it was nice to see the offense as a whole take a step forward, we're not ready to say they're quite back to form: Nicks is still a step slow, Manning's balls are a bit sluggish and Victor Cruz still has his head in the clouds.

What's on deck?

The Redskins, in Washington, on Monday Night Football: a few months ago, who woulda thought that this would be perhaps the biggest game of the season? The Giants will have a chance to bury the 'Skins, who are pretty much the only legitimate competition for the division crown.

The Cowboys and Redskins are now currently tied at two games back, the Redskins have been playing a far better brand of football. If we beat the 'Skins, we can all but waltz into the playoffs.


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning, Football, Green Bay Packers, Kenny Phillips, Mathias Kiwanuka, Monday Night Football, New York, New York Giants, NFC East, NFL, Washington Redskins

65 Responses to “Monday Morning Hangover: New York Giants Dismantle Green Bay Packers, Stop Tailspin”

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  1. One more thing: kudos to Chase Blackburn for another superb game. Just an outstanding performance.

    Some knucklehead is going to point out his athletic failings because he got beat over the middle twice, but if you expect any middle linebacker to keep up with a dragging Randal Cobb you’re just out of your mind.

    For those of you have been waiting with bated breath for a studly middle linebacker to be drafted to the rescue, and ESPECIALLY for those of you who anointed Mark Herzlich as the soon-to-be-heir-apparent based on nothing more than some internal notion that Chase didn’t cut the mustard, please repeat after me.

    “Chase Blackburn is our middle linebacker. There are many like him, but this one is ours. He’s not a temporary fill-in. He’s not keeping the seat warm for anyone. He is our starting linebacker for the foreseeable future.

    The Giants currently do not have a player on the roster nearly as capable as Blackburn in the mental, physical and intangible aspects of playing middle linebacker for the Giants.

    Chase Blackburn is our starting middle linebacker and we’re lucky to have him there.”

  2.  Valid says:

    Thanks to Sandy, last night was the first time I saw the Giants since that wild game in Dallas. What a way for me to return to watching my team.

    Some of my thoughts on the game last night:

    - Eli’s slump is over. Maybe he did have a tired arm for those few weeks? I don’t know, but the bye seemed to have worked wonders for him last night. Aside from a couple of poor throws early on, Eli was on. And how about Eli putting his shoulder down on that one run??? You’re kidding yourself if you don’t think that got the team fired up.

    - Bradshaw and Brown both ran possessed last night. Sucks that we lost Brown for the season, and you HAVE to feel terrible for the kid after all he’s been through. For Bradshaw though, that was one of his best games of the season.

    - Nicks appears to be getting healthier. That was his best performance in quite some time.

    - Kudos to the offensive line for giving Eli plenty of time to throw the football.

    - Monster, MONSTER game from Umenyiora last night. Not just because of the strip sack, but because he was making plays all over the field. How about that one chasedown tackle he had on the GB player (I forget who it was) after that little dump pass by Rodgers? This was Osi’s best game of the year.

    - Blackburn also had his best game of the season last night. Sacks, tackles in the backfield, defended passes in the endzone…what a game for the guy. It’s performances like that that make it harder and harder to want him benched in certain games. Like it or not, the guy makes big plays.

    - The three safety look was simply outstanding last night. Rolle had a DOMINANT game, constantly knocking Cobb off his routes early on and covering like white on rice. Also, HUGE play by Phillips to make that tackle on 3rd-and-1 from inside the 10. Hopefully he’s good to go next week. Him, Rolle, and Stevie comprise a LETHAL trio.

    Overall, an incredible performance by the Giants. I don’t want to hear anything about injuries for the Packers. No one feels sorry for us whenever we’re banged up, so the same should apply for every other team in the league. Plus, there is no way Clay Matthews was making up 28 points by himself last night. This was just sheer and utter domination by the Giants.

    Looking at the rest of the schedule, it’s still tough, but I think it’s somewhat safe to say that this was our toughest remaining game. Now, we have a two-game lead with five left to play, and while that isn’t insurmountable, it’s still pretty damn good and is certainly a stranglehold. A win over Washington next week would basically seal the NFC East crown.

    The Giants are BACK. Let’s go!

  3.  GeezUp says:

    Nobody can beat these NY Giants!!! Only question now, will they stay motivated and play like this for the remainder of the season?!?

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Sorry but I have to defend Collinsworth here. That guy love him or hate him is hands down the best Color Commentator in the NFL by a mile. He can be annoying some times but that guy sees things up there and breaks things down for the viewer like nobody else. What he said last night about Prince was that the Packers told him they thought they would be able to take advantage of their match up with him but to his surprise hadn’t even thrown the ball his way. He did drop the ball on the Bennett thing but he is great at what he does

    •  Valid says:

      It seemed to me like he was questioning why GB wasn’t throwing his way rather than actually giving Prince credit for his play.

    •  jfunk says:

      I interpreted his comments differently, but I can’t remember the exact wording.

      I thought he said something more along the lines of “Prince USED to be the guy teams picked on, but when I talked to the Packers they indicated the focus has switched to Webster.”

      •  Valid says:

        He did say that early in the game, but later he wondered why GB wasn’t picking on Prince.

      •  demo3356 says:

        no he was saying that in talking to the Packers they said that they felt they could take advantage of their Matchup with the Prince but to his suprise hadnt thrown his way all night. Remember they TORCHED him in the game last seaon at Met Life.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I like Collingsworth better than any other commentator
      doesn’t bother me when he’s negative on our players because he’s not a homer like Aikman or otherwise a bitter or jealous guy like Warner

      the one thing he said that surprised me was his comments that the coaches gave lukewarm support to Bennet, which if true might support the line coming out of Dallas when we signed him that he was a lazy player

      I was doubly surprised by that comment since up until he hyper-extended his knee against Cleveland he was off to a great start

      anyway, Bennet played pretty well last night so who really cares

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:

    great win vs. A great team.

    But let’s not forget that the packers were missing some of their best players. They’re a completely different team with Jennings, Matthews, Woodson and Shields out there. But their o-line is hot garbage.

    Losing our Best RB stings but hopefully Bradshaw and Wilson will step up and do their jobs.

    any word on KP?

    •  demo3356 says:

      agreed, the Packers were without 4-5 key players not including their best OL that they put on IR a few weeks ago, but even as banged up as they were they won 5 straight with most of those guys out, even a few with no Jordy Nelson.
      Still a huge win that puts us 2 up in the Division and coupled with the 6 teams behind us loosing, strengthens our WC position in case something crazy happens.

    •  Valid says:

      Jennings hasn’t played in several weeks and GB was just fine without him then. As a matter of fact, Jennings only has 12 catches all year. He is hardly even a part of that team this season, so I don’t think you can even count him.

      Like I said; I’m not going to feel sorry for GB with injuries. No one feels sorry for us whenever we’re banged up.

    •  GOAT56 says:


      They have been winning without those players. I think the only player that makes a real difference out of those players is Mathews. Every knew those players weren’t playing but now a dominating win doesn’t really mean much. Sorry I don’t bye that. This was an excellent win period.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    Blackburn IS too slow and physically limited but man does he give you everything he has on every play and gets everything he can out of his limited play making ability.If he had Keith Rivers skill set he would be The White Ray Leiws. It is very easy to root for Him and with all the speed around him the defense works with him in the Middle.

    •  kujo says:

      Collinsworth was slobbering all over Chase’s knob last night. At one point he was like “I don’t think you appreciate this guy’s story as much as me.” Is Chase related to this stork of a man somehow?

      •  demo3356 says:

        Ha ha Stork.. When he was on CBs some years ago I used to call him ALF due to their striking resemblance but he has really grown on me over the years

  7.  jfunk says:

    Coverage was superb last night. A lot of the pressure on Rogers was due to the coverage more so than the pass rush.

    Eli & Victor are still not “right”. Nicks looks like he’s almost there. It was somewhat odd seeing he and Eli using a real game as “practice” in the second half there, but whatever they have to do to get it sorted is fine.

    I love me some Bennett. Two great lines last night.

    On catching an idiot that fell out of the stands trying to grab some gloves over a couple kids: “I just did what any super hero would do, saved his life. I’m like Scott Summers [Cyclops from the X-Men comics].”

    On the big hit he took: They gave him a concussion test, “but I passed it with flying colors, like I do all tests. Like Doogie Howser.”

  8.  Valid says:

    Oh, and one negative: can we STOP with the fade throw to Nicks in the endzone? I can’t remember EVER seeing that play work. The days of Plax making that throw look easy are over.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    I think one thing that was very importnant about this game is it was at home. It’s been rare that we win a dominating regular season game at home versus a quality opponet.

  10.  demo3356 says:

    Giants couldn’t ask for a better weekend. They win and the 5 teams directly behind them (Dallas, Seattle, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Minnesota) in the NFC standings all lose. Giants now have the tiebreaker over the Pack in case they finish with the same record.
    Was also a very good Weekend for the Skins who won and had the 5 teams ahead of them in the Wild card race all lose.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      It depends how you look at it. I’m still looking at the #2 seed. If we are looking at it from that view then we wanted Atlanta, Chicago and SF to lose. Right now that tie for SF is almost as good as a win. We have the tie break versus them but we have to make up 2 games on them. Chicago has a tough schedule but jumping just them doesn’t mean much.

      •  demo3356 says:

        All the teams you mentioned are locks for playoffs and due to our schedule we wont catch any but Chicago. MUCH MUCH better that those teams won and beat the Saints, Viqueens and Bucs.. Not even close

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