Last night the Packers beat the Giants 23-16. It wasn’t that close.
Dropped passes, missed tackles, (more) penalties, and domination by both of the Packer’s offensive and defensive lines.
Let’s start with the offense. Eli Manning completed only 18-of-35 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked three times (Odell Beckham was also sacked on an aborted trick play). Manning was also hit five times. The Giants ran 15 times for 43 yards (2.9 yards per carry). They totaled only 219 yards of offense, scoring just 1 touchdown.
Manning was off target on several throws Sunday, most notably a ball that went off the fingertips of tight end Will Tye that should have gone for a 61-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. Tye appeared to have a chance for the ball, but reached awkwardly for it. And let’s not forget, Eli fumbled on the next play. The O line never gave him a chance. Espically Ereck Flowers who had an awful night. He appeared to give up two sacks, and whoever he was responsible for trying to block was constantly pressuring Manning.
The defensive line gave an unexceptional Aaron Rodgers ALL night to make plays, and he did just that. It was a difficult night for the banged-up Giants’ secondary, Rodgers (259 yards, 2 touchdowns) completing pass after pass. Janoris Jenkins did intercept Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice in the first half. One bright spot in a dark night for big blues D. Oh, did I mention all the missed tackles?
If Sunday night’s performance was one isolated poor effort in a long season, it could perhaps be forgiven, shrugged off as something bound to happen occasionally during a long season. Thing is, there was nothing isolated about it. The Giants have yet to play a truly good game this season. The Giants know that they can’t continue to play at this level, not if they hope to catch up in a division that’s rapidly getting away from them.
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