Report card vs. Giants

Packers' passing offense, coaching receive high marks; rush offense, pass defense below average

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Who says Brett Favre's best days are behind him? The 37-year-old perhaps is getting better with age, at least for one game and as long as he's game for dialing things down. The short passing game, a rarity in Green Bay for much of the last decade, was in vogue.

Favre rebounded from a second-quarter interception on an overthrown ball that was tipped by having a gigantic second half, which started with 14 straight completions and included three touchdown passes as the Packers pulled away.

With injuries reducing the core of the receiving corps to Donald Driver, James Jones and Ruvell Martin, the offense had big contributions from tight ends Donald Lee and Bubba Franks, who each had four receptions and a TD, along with the young running backs picking up chunks of yardage after the catch.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Excluding two kneel-downs by Favre at the end of the game, the Packers rushed for 85 yards. That's a significant improvement over the 46 they gained in the season opener but hardly cause for optimism.

A clinching 38-yard touchdown run by DeShawn Wynn late in the game was an anomaly for him and fellow rookie Brandon Jackson, who had only 47 yards in their other combined 26 carries. To the credit of Wynn, who had two TD runs, he was electric on his big play by bouncing the run out left around a seal block by left guard Daryn Colledge and then cutting it back in where he had nothing but green turf in front of him.

However, the Packers line was otherwise beaten badly off the edges, allowing the Giants repeated pursuit in the backfield, resulting in eight runs of zero or negative yards.

PASS DEFENSE: C-plus -- Cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson were out of character with subpar efforts. Harris, playing through some pain in his sprained right elbow, took Plaxico Burress for most of the game but was called for two contact penalties and was partly responsible for giving up the 26-yard touchdown strike to Burress. Still, Burress was relatively quiet with only one other reception.

Woodson, though, slipped on a comeback route by Amani Toomer, who easily had a 40-yard reception after the first of two missed tackles by the Pro Bowl defender. Tight end Jeremy Shockey also ran free across the middle way too often.

Nevertheless, the pass defense rose to the occasion in the second half, when the Giants were forced to put the ball up and could manage only a field goal. The Packers finished with 19 pressures on the trio of Eli Manning, Jared Lorenzen and Anthony Wright.

RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus -- Thanks to the fireworks by the Green Bay offense in the second half, Derrick Ward was a non-issue from a run standpoint for most of the final two quarters. Before then, the shifty and speedy Ward had his way behind a Giants line that had little difficulty pushing aside the Packers' front seven and clearing lanes.

The linebackers, particularly A.J. Hawk, were periodically sucked in, allowing Ward to make hay outside the tackles. He averaged a gaudy 6.0 yards in 15 carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus -- The coverage units are on pace for producing 24 takeaways this season after coming up with none in 2006. Charlie Peprah delivered some sweet retaliation against the team that released him last year, jarring the football from Ahmad Bradshaw on a fourth-quarter kickoff return. The turnover deep in Giants territory quickly was turned into a touchdown that increased the Packers' lead to 28-13.

Tramon Williams is making his own early-season mark on kickoff returns, ripping off a 42-yarder at the start of the second half to help ignite the Packers' 28-point uprising. On the downside, however, Week 1 hero Mason Crosby missed badly to the left on a 42-yard field-goal try in the first quarter. A low snap from Rob Davis, his second miscue in as many weeks, factored into rookie Crosby's first miss of the season.

Punter Jon Ryan also struggled for the second straight week, averaging a listless 36 yards gross in three kicks.

COACHING: A -- Big halftime adjustments by head coach/offensive play-caller Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Bob Sanders were critical to the Packers erasing a 10-7 halftime deficit with ease in the closing 30 minutes.

McCarthy stayed committed to trying to get the running game on track before he turned Favre and the short passing game loose early in the third quarter. Similarly, a defense that was out of sorts by the end of the first half was back to being a disruptive force when Sanders pushed the pedal to the metal and ganged up on the QBs with the Giants playing from behind.

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