What We Learned: Giants at Packers

The New York Giants continue to struggle as they lost their third game in a row last night against the Green Bay Packers. Here is what we learned from Big Blue this week:

Penalties Continue to Kill Giants Rhythm

            Another unnecessary roughness penalty was called against the Giants last night that the team’s momentum when they needed it most. CB Janoris Jenkins ’ first interception was taken back to around the 30-yard line, but was called back due to DE Olivier Vernon decision to truck Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers when he was virtually out of the play. Instead, of solid field position, the Giants were once again pushed back after a big play.

            Additionally, flags on the offensive line killed the rhythm of the Giants’ offense that was already laboring. Odell Beckham Jr. had a reception and about 20 yards taken away from him due to a holding call which would have jolted the Giants close to midfield when the score was only 7-0. These penalties, which are easily avoidable, are unfortunately a reoccurrence. The team should be highlighting this heading into next week.

OBJ Could Be Out of His Funk

            The Beckham Jr. headlines should be more positive after the wideout produced a penalty-free game. No altercations were seen all night on either side, and on the sidelines, OBJ seemed to be talking in a positive way to his teammates.

The cherry on top was when the star wideout finally caught his first TD of 2016. There was no dance or meeting with his teammates in joy. Instead, he ran straight to the sideline to let the defense focus on the next drive.  

OBJ did, however, celebrate his touchdown in a special way. He ran over to the infamous kicking net and gave it a big hug sending a statement saying he has moved on from the drama.

Apple and DRC Must Stay on the Field

            Cornerbacks Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were sidelined for some time again Sunday night as their both dealt with groin injuries. Their replacements, Trevin Wade and Michael Hunter Jr. were exposed by Rodgers who capitalized on the Giants’ misfortunes.

            Apple and DRC are two vital cogs in the Gmen defense, and if last week wasn’t evident that they are needed on the turf, this week solidifies this notion. Their talent isn’t expendable given the shallow depth at the position. Jenkins held his own with a few tipped passes and two picks, but he can only guard one receiver.

            Hopefully Apple and DRC can stay healthy, or future quarterbacks may continue to feast on the secondary.

Pass Rush Just Not Cutting It

            Rodgers could have run up to concessions for a hot dog with the time he had in the pocket last night. The Packers O-line is statistically the best in the league against the pass rush, but it almost seemed like practice for them all night. Rodgers sat back numerous times for five seconds or more which is where he thrived. He had enough time for receivers to recover their routes, or just waltz his way to another first down.

            There is no dancing around it: The pass rush is awful. Two straight weeks the opposing quarterback was standing up in the pocket for 60 minutes. If this is to continue, the Giants front office may be have to reevaluate all the guaranteed money they gave away. 

 

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