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Sun Nov 17, 4:25 PM - Packers at Giants

Giants (3-6) vs Packers (5-4)
Last Sunday the Packers played the Eagles at Lambeau field without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The results were not good as they took their second loss in a row 27-13 and lost more players in the process.
The Giants won their game against the Raiders last Sunday 24-20. Running back Andre Brown led the attack and the defense certainly did their job. The Giants overcame a 17-14 halftime deficit and have now won three in a row.

Green Bay Packers.
Since winning the Super Bowl in 2010 the Packers have made the playoffs twice, but been taken out in the divisional round. Opponents obviously keyed on stopping quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a better running game was needed to help round out this offense. General Manager Ted Thompson did a nice job addressing that in the draft when he selected Eddie Lacy in the second round. The rookie leads the NFL with 618 yards rushing since Oct. 1 and is on pace to set the team's rookie rushing record. First-round draft choice Datone Jones got off to a slow start, but has registered three sacks in the last two games.
The Packers were on a roll until losing quarterback Aaron Rodgers and then his backup, Seneca Wallace, just a week later. Now they're
trying to field the most important position on short notice. The team is 5-4 and has lost two home games in a row. That's a big deal considering up until then they were nearly unbeatable at Lambeau, winning 23 of their last 24 games. Detroit has won their last two games and they lead the NFC North with a 6-3 record and Chicago is at 5-4. With seven games left the Packers have their work cut out for them trying to keep up in this race until Aaron Rodgers returns to play, maybe sometime in December.

Packers offense.
Aaron Rodgers has a broken collarbone and his backup, Seneca Wallace sustained a groin injury filling in. Undrafted quarterback Scott Tolzien came in to replace Wallace when he was hurt last week and he will make his first start playing against the Giants. Tolzien was recently promoted from the practice squad and his backup, Matt Flynn, was signed up just last Tuesday when Wallace was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Flynn was a good pickup as he spent the first four years of his career backing up Aaron Rodgers before heading to the Seahawks.
Tolzien came in and completed 24 of his 39 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions in the team's 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. That really wasn't bad under the circumstances considering two starting offensive linemen were also hurt last week. To take some of the heat off, they'll likely be feeding running back Eddie Lacy the ball quite a bit. The rookie power back has done well in his first year with 669 yards on 158 carries, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and has four touchdowns.

Packers defense.
In last Sunday’s game, the Packers allowed the Eagles to rush for 204 yards while five of their defensive players suffered injuries. Nick Foles threw only 18 passes and completed on 12 of them for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns. Foles also ran the ball 8 times. Eli Manning won't be taking that approach, but he might try to duplicate the success Foles had with his arm. The three touchdowns were all at least 15 yards deep and went for 55, 45 and 32 yards. They like to blitz on about half their plays and did sack Foles three times. They have just 3 interceptions so far after picking off more passes over the past four seasons (103) than any other team in the league.
Linebacker Clay Matthews is an important piece of this defense and he returned to the field last week and played with a cast on his hand. He'll be bringing it harder this week. Matthews had 13 sacks in 12 games last year and 3 sacks in the first four weeks before injuring his thumb. The unit has been having trouble getting offenses off the field in the fourth quarter these past two weeks. They will be expecting the Giants to wear them down with a running game and then hit big on some passing plays.

Giants offense.
Even with a bye week break and a semblance of the running game, the passing attack remains weak. Eli Manning has victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle all at his disposal. That should have been worth more than Manning's 12 receptions on 22 passes for 140 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. It would be nice to still have a tight end of the caliber of Martellus Bennett for blocking abilities and as an extra target, supplemented by having a reliable connection with a running back, but that's been an ever changing front.
Those last two items would help cover the fact that the offensive line still has a problem with run and pass blocking. Opposing defenses have seen the kind of pressure others have brought and line up ready to try their best bag of tricks. Manning will have to be ready to burn them big if they fail.
Manning has been sacked 22 times and that's already more than the 19 he took last year. He's beginning to look something like a shaky Barney Fife when he steps back from the snap. If the defense has to respect a power back coming their way, like some combination of Andre
Brown (227 pounds), Brandon Jacobs (264 pounds) and Peyton Hillis (250 pounds), that will slow them down. Manning's internal clock as he looks over the field would be '1-2-throw' instead of 'Hurry, Hurry, Hurry'.

Giants defense.
The unit has been playing well and has allowed just one touchdown in the past 14 quarters. That one miscue came on a big degree of difficulty thanks to a special teams fumble that had the defense suddenly on the field to defend from their five yard line. The pass rush has started to come back for the unit with eight sacks in the last two games. They could have a good opportunity here with an inexperienced quarterback running the show, but they know that Scott Tolzien has good arm strength.
Their first big job though will be to stop Eddie Lacy and the recent acquisition of linebacker Jon Beason has been a big help in that area. The unit has done well against Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy, but slipped a bit last week against Rashad Jennings. Jason Pierre-Paul was hurt in that game and has missed practice and that could be a factor if he misses this game.

Scott Tolzien is an unknown right now and may turn out to be one of the best out there, but at this point in his career he's a big step down from Aaron Rodgers who arguably is one of the best. Right now the Packers are in a fix trying to field their most important position on the team with a new starting quarterback on the road. The Giants should be able to take advantage of this opportunity and notch their fourth win in a row.

NFC East
The Eagles (5-5) host the Redskins (3-6) on Sunday at 1pm, and the Cowboys (5-5) are on a bye week. The Giants and Eagles are favored to win their games.

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tgtwitter TeamGiants on Twitter.Notes.
Giants Cullen Jenkins spent the first 7 years of his NFL career with the Packers and won a Super Bowl with them.

Giants Eli Manning will play against Scott Tolzien, the 68th starting quarterback he has faced in his 144 consecutive regular-season starts.

Giants are the only NFL team without a run longer than 18 yards this season.

Packers Aaron Rodgers will miss back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien will make the first NFL start of his career.

Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn is tied for the team's all-time record of 6 touchdowns in a game.

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