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Game 5 preview
Sunday Oct 9, 9:30 AM - Giants at Packers (London)

Giants (3-1) Packers (3-1)
Last week the Packers had to come from behind to force the game into overtime. The clock went down to the final seconds when they kicked a field goal to give them a 27-24 win over the New England Patriots.
The Giants managed to maintain their lead over Chicago despite injuries to both their quarterbacks in the second half. They finished up with a 20-12 win.

Green Bay Packers
The NFC North division title has gone to the Green Bay Packers the last three years running. They are currently tied for the top spot with the Minnesota Vikings, who beat them in the opening game of the season. Green Bay has a tough schedule ahead of them. Aside from the teams they'll be playing, after this next game with the Giants in London, they play eight more games before they hit their bye week.
The last time the Packers won a Super Bowl was with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2010. They have missed being in the playoffs only twice since then. In the offseason the Packers gave Rodgers a new contract extension paying just over $150 million in the next three years. The first two years are fully guaranteed for $101.5 million.

Green Bay Packers Offense
It all starts with Aaron Rodgers who was named an NFL MVP for the fourth time in his career. Last season he threw 37 touchdowns, and just 4 interceptions. It's surprising that this year he's thrown an interception in three of the four games played. That includes last week against New England where one was returned for a touchdown. Rodgers is certainly missing Davante Adams, who last year had 123 catches for 1,553 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
In the second round of the draft, the Packers picked up speedy wideout Christian Watson, who had a 15-yard touchdown run last game. So far Rodgers has thrown 129 passes, and his biggest target has been to Romeo Doubs, who's pulled in 19 for 184 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Allen Lazard also has 2 touchdowns, and 11 of his 12 catches have gone for first downs.
Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are dependable running backs who can also catch the ball. Jones ran for 116 yards last week, and has averaged over 6.5 yards per carry in three of the four games played. They are trending ahead of last year's total yards mark, and their combined efforts with Rodgers has the team ranking sixth in the NFL over these four games in total offense.

Green Bay Packers Defense
The Packers fielded a top ten defense against both the pass and the run in 2021. That didn't stop them from drafting two defensive players with their first two picks in the draft. Linebacker Rashan Gary led the team in sacks, pressures, knockdowns, and hurries. Gary already has 5 sacks and 6 quarterback hits in four games. This defense currently ranks first in the NFL in third-down conversion percentage, and opponents are 0-for-21 converting 3-and-8 or longer against them. Overall, the Packers have allowed just 10 third-down conversions on 42 attempts..
To get an edge on this defense, opponents have to be able to run the ball, and things have slipped in this defensive area.
The Packers are giving up 4.8 yards per carry on first down, and 6.1 yards per carry on second down. Obviously, they know they need to contain Saquon Barkley, and are aware that the Giants are one of the league's top five teams when it comes to rushing attempts. The Giants have announced that backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor (concussion) is out. The Packers will have to research Davis Webb who was activated from the practice squad, in the event he plays if Daniel Jones has to leave the game.

NY Giants Offense
The Giants offense was a bit off balance last week. Even before the injures to quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor in the second half, there wasn't much of a passing attack. Sauqon Barkley ran for 146 yards on 31 carries, and now has run for 100 or more yards for the 14th time in his career including twice in two games this year. Barkley currently leads the NFL with 463 rushing yards, and 570 yards from scrimmage
Considering the quarterback situation, the Giants will be looking for him to keep it going in this game against the Packers.
With wide receiver skill and talent at a low due to injuries, Jones was effective running the ball, and he did so six times for 68 yards, and scored two touchdowns. The tight ends, rookie Danie Bellinger, and veterans Chris Myarick and Tanner Hudson, have been proving their worth. There's been solid blocking for the running game, which last week was a season high 262 rushing yards. They have also combined for 13 catches on 16 passes for 205 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Head coach Brian Daboll will have to make some hard decisions. Jones mobility is necessary, as the offensive line has been average at best in pass protection. If Jones can't sprint around, and sometimes take advantage of easy running yards as he has, he might not be the best quarterback to have on the field against the Packers pass rush. With Taylor out, Davis Webb would be the backup, and Webb has never thrown an NFL regular season pass.

Giants Defense
They came up big last week when the Giants really needed it. With Tyrod Taylor suddenly sidelined by a concussion, and Daniel Jones returning in a limited quarterback role, handing the ball off because of his ankle injury, the defense had to bring it. In the fourth quarter, Tae Crowder was involved in two big defensive stops on third-and-short plays that forced the Bears to punt. Crowder had a season-high 11 tackles that included a sack, another quarterback hit, and a forced fumble. Overall the Giants came up with six sacks, Defensive lineman Dexter Lawerence had two, and the defense forced three fumbles,
The Giants know that running backs AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones will be coming at them. Maybe more so than would be expected in light of how Aaron Rodgers struggled in the first half of his game last week, completing just four passes while also throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Rodgers is still figuring out who he can trust when he plans his throws. The Packers have been moving the ball well, but are averaging about seven points less a game than they did last year.
The Giants, despite their injuries, are in the top ten in points allowed. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams had returned to practice, and could play Sunday. The Giants also just signed safety Landon Collins, though likely too late for this game. Back in 2016 the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 in London, thanks to a pick six by Collins. It should be noted that the Giants are the only NFL team without an interception this season

Not many expected to see the Giants at 3-1 after the first four games of the season, and yet here they are about to go face to face with the 3-1 Green Bay Packers. The Giants are the visiting team, but what better place to visit the Packers, than the neutral atmosphere of London compared to Lambeau Field? The Packers have never played a game overseas, and the Giants have done so twice, and won both games. The Packers are listed as heavy favorites, but who knows which way the jet-lag will swing?

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Titans (2-2) at Commanders (1-3).
Sunday at 4:25pm Cowboys (3-1) at Rams (2-2).
Sunday at 4:25pm Eagles (4-0) at Cardinals (2-2).
The Eagles are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
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