It’s that time of the week again when we venture into the opposing camp, this time the New York Giants, and ask about this week’s Packers vs. Giants Divisional Playoff game.
Joe Tufaro, the editor over at GMen HQ, the Fansided Network’s Giants blog, took time out of his busy schedule of trying to come up with ways the Giants can beat the Packers to answer some questions we here at Lombardiave threw his way.
So, without further adieu, here is out Q&A session:
Q. Pierre-Paul came out right away after last week’s playoff win and basically guaranteed the Giants would win in Green Bay. Did he receive any flack from the media and/or the media in New York?
He did a little, except everyone knows what a good kid he is, and he is just a kid. Coach Coughlin said he would address the situation in private, but figured he was just so excited that he said what he didn’t need to say. When given the chance, he said that if the Giants play their best, and are healthy, then he thinks they can win.
Q. The Giants defensive line is healthy and playing lights out, the Packers offensive line is healthy with the starters back together for the first time since week 2. Who wins this battle?
I would think that with the starters being gone for so long, that the chemistry might be a little off for the Packers. We experienced this last year when our starting center and guard went out, the first few weeks back they didn’t play like their old selves. The Giants have a lot of fresh options in the pass rush, and I think they will be a factor in this game.
Q. Greg Jennings is back in the lineup for the Packers for the first time in nearly a month. How do the Giants approach him – rotate coverage to other receivers because Jennings is rusty or cover him like a glove and hope he doesn’t break one long?
The Giants most recently have had to deal with some pretty good receivers. They like to play sides, give help over the top, and keep the play in front of them. The entire late season success for the Giants has been predicated on being physical to disrupt timing, getting a pass rush, and making teams work their way down the field.
Q. The Giants put up 35 points against the Packers back in December; Can they match that offensive performance this time around?
I think they are more balanced, and healthy, than last game. I believe they take what your defense gives them whether it’s run or pass. They have become a big play team with Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Mario Manningham responsible for most of the fireworks. I don’t think scoring will be the issue on Sunday.
Q. Do the Giants attack the Packers defense through the air because Green Bay’s defensive backfield has been like a sieve or do they pound the rock to control the clock and keep Aaron Rodgers and the Packers off the field?
Balance, Balance, Balance. Tom Coughlin has preached it since day one. They threw 31 times last week and ran 32. Eli will read coverages and check to runs or passes as he sees fit.
Q. Give us a detailed look at how you think the game will play out along with a final score.
I expect the Giants to really try and be aggressive on offense. They know they need to be smart, but also have to put points on the board. On defense they will try and frustrate Rodgers, which is a tough thing to do. My take is that if they can stay away from the big play, get the game to the 4th quarter, that Eli can find a way to exploit your defense. No score prediction, but I will say I think the game is closer than the 9 point spread.