Packers-Giants: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Favre, defense shine in victory; offensive line struggles with run blocking

Thumbs up: Brett Favre was remarkably sharp against the Giants, completing 29 of 36 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns. Favre settled for more short passes, which proved to be ideal in moving the offense, though, he took a few deep shots, including a 46-yard completion to James Jones in the second quarter that keyed a touchdown drive.

If Favre can play with the kind of control he showed against the Giants, the Packers will be in position to score more points and contend for the NFC division title.

Thumbs down: Green Bay's offensive line, for whatever reason, is struggling to open holes for the running backs. Brandon Jackson had 35 yards on 17 carries for a 2.1-yard per carry average. Those are not good numbers for a starting running back, but it is not totally Jackson's fault. The line has yet this season to create much running room for the backs.

Thumbs up: For the second straight week, Green Bay's defense only allowed one touchdown. If the Packers can keep that pace up, look for Green Bay to win more games than many experts thought they would this season.

The Packers defense got a few breaks when wide receiver Amani Toomer was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting, and tight end Jeremy Shockey was penalized for delay of game after spiking the ball. Both instances came inside of Green Bay's 20-yard line, but both times, the Giants were forced to attempt field goals.

Thumbs down: Charles Woodson slipped, then whiffed on attempting to tackle Toomer on a 40-yard pass play that led to New York's first touchdown.

Thumbs up: Ryan Grant, in his first play from scrimmage for Green Bay, caught a pass in the flat, spun off an attempted tackle by cornerback Corey Webster and raced down the left sideline for a 21-yard gain. The play set up DeShawn Wynn's six-yard touchdown run.

Thumbs down: Grant did not get any more playing time with the offense after his second quarter play. For an offense that has been struggling to run the ball, why not give Grant a few more opportunities?

Thumbs up: DeShawn Wynn continues to show that he has the precious instincts that are essential for a running back to succeed in the NFL. Wynn used his instincts to make the necessary cuts on his 6-yard touchdown run when he cut to the inside on a shotgun draw. Later in the game, Wynn, who averaged 5.0 yards per carry, broke outside for a 38-yard touchdown run.

Thumbs down: Colin Cole's holding penalty wiped away Tramon Williams' 46-yard kickoff return late in the first half. Those kind of penalties seemed to occur too many times with the Packers last year.


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