As the New York Giants get ready for postseason play, here is what we learned in Week 17:
Josh NormanNeeds to Get Over Himself
Redskins CB Josh Norman must really need some publicity as he attempted to keep his feud with Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. relevant on Sunday despite his team’s playoff implications. For the limited time OBJ was on the field, Norman made it a priority to try the same plan to get extra physical with the star wideout in hopes of a reaction. However, it appears Beckham Jr. is done with the childish games Norman plays (which he should be). Norman was persistent and drew two costly penalties, one that allowed Giants RB Rashad Jennings to waltz into the end zone after a late hit on Beckham Jr. OBJ was physical during the play, but afterward, he was calm and collected realizing his team needed him for the playoffs. Clearly, Norman didn’t want to get there in the first place.
Paul Perkins NEEDS to be RB No. 1
Head Coach Ben McAdoo kept his word and played his starters for the duration of the game except for a couple like Odell Beckham Jr. (which was needed considering the paragraph above). One starter that stood out was RB Paul Perkins who had himself his best game of his rookie campaign. Handed the ball 21 times, the rookie turned them into 102 yards, his most this season. He was avoiding tackles left and right and showed off his speed in the open field. Teammate RB Rashad Jennings may have had a touchdown, but it was Perkins that shined. Jennings still tried plowing through the Redskins defense instead of using his vision like Perkins had done. With the playoffs a week away, Perkins seems to be the best bet for the Giants to pick up crucial ground yards. The rookie has improved by the week and he certainly hit his stride yesterday.
Lambeau It Is (Jan. 8, 4:40 PM FOX)
After their victory on Sunday Night Football last night, the Green Bay Packers won the NFC North over the Detroit Lions making them the fourth seed in the NFC playoff race. In turn, the fifth seeded Giants will be their opponent in the Wild Card round of the 2016 NFL Playoffs. These two played back in Week 5 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, and it wasn’t a pretty sight for Giants fans. QB Aaron Rodgers had all the time in the world to set up his offense throughout the game while the Giants offense, who were favored to beat a banged up Packers secondary, couldn’t get anything going with QB Eli Manning finishing the game with under 200 yards in the air.
We all know playoff are a different story, and that is certainly the case for this Giants team who has since revitalized their defense and there seems to be something about Lambeau in January that makes Manning play great. On the other hand, Rodgers is sick of being known as the game’s best quarterback that can’t find his way to the Super Bowl. This game is sure to be a good one to kick off the chase for the Lombardi Trophy.