Oct. 17, 2016
Packers vs. Giants recap
The Green Bay Packers took down the Giants, 23-16, on Sunday night. Green Bay showed that its depleted secondary was able to hold up against the air threat of the New York offense.
The Packers started out with an outstanding, time consuming (almost 9 minutes!) drive to begin the game that was capped off by a sweet Rodgers-to-Nelson diving touchdown.
All eyes then turned to the defense. Damarious Randall had been ruled out earlier on Sunday, so Rollins was asked to mostly cover OBJ, but often there was good safety help. Beckham managed 5 catches on 12 targets and a late touchdown, but overall Green Bay played well on the defensive side of the ball. They held New York to just 43 yards on the ground, and the Giants only converted 4 3rd downs out of 13. The front lines on D stepped up to make the Giants 1 dimensional on offense, and our secondary was ready to rise to the challenge. That being said, Eli missed a few big opportunities for big plays, but I think the Pack should be proud of the collective effort on the defensive side of the ball.
The offense won the time-of-possession battle, and other than 2 uncharacteristic, Lambeau Field interceptions from A-Rod, Green Bay appeared to control the game for the most part. The Packers ran 23 more plays than New York, and Eddie Lacy rushed for 81 yards, including a 31 yard scamper. He looked like the classic Eddie Lacy that we have quickly come to know, breaking tackles and creating positive plays that look like they aren't going anywhere.
Was it a perfect game? No. Is there room to improve? Always (*cough cough* Jacob Schum). But Packer fans should be proud of their team's effort. As for Randall Cobb, he seems to be just fine (although he said he felt like he died with all the people that surrounded him after getting "folded like a lawn chair" on a catch that secured the game), and Mike McCarthy said that Eddie Lacy's ankle injury is 'not serious.'
This was a good start to the 3 games Green Bay has within 12 days (all of which at home). What's next? The red-hot Dallas Cowboys on Sunday that feature blossoming rookies: Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Go Pack Go!