Jan 15, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws in the pocket against the Green Bay Packers at the Lambeau Field. The Giants beat the Packers 37-20. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Here's how GMenHQ see Packers vs. Giants

With Sunday night’s big game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants we got Joe Tufaro of Fansided’s GMenHQ.com to consider our Q&A.

He thinks it will be close, just like everyone else on the planet. But in the meantime, he considers the questions thrown at him by us here at lombardiave.com.
Here is our exchange:
Q. The Packers offensive line has undergone some dramatic changes since losing starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga; the Giants’ defensive line hasn’t been lights out this season, but do you think they are licking their chops with the shakeup of the Packers’ O-line?

A. The Giants understand they need to perform better up front, and of course they look at the changes you have needed to make upfront as an opportunity.  That being said the Giants respect your team and coaching staff enough to know it’s not going to be an easy task.  Osi even said today “don’t expect a sack party” just because the O-Line might be your weakest spot.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during. Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Q. Are Giants fans concerned about the play of Eli Manning over the past couple of weeks and can you pinpoint exactly why he hasn’t been himself lately?

A. The Giants fans believe, trust, and love Eli for all he has done, and know he will figure it out and get back to being Easy E.  I think it comes down to facing more pressure the past few weeks than they had been, and the defenses deciding to stop playing zone and force the receivers to be more physical.  Eli is fine physically and if he was distracted by personal issues, as all the Giants were during and after the Hurricane, he will be back mentally also.

Q. The Packers defense will be vastly different in personnel than what the Giants faced in January. Do you feel that will be an advantage for the Packers?

A. Packers defense is strong, but missing a few key elements.  I think both teams understand that much has changed since January, and that that game may have been an aberration anyway.  Film doesn’t lie, and we have had two weeeks to study, so I don’t think changes in personnel will be an issue.

Q. How do you think the Giants will approach this game: Pass first, run second; or run first to set up the pass?

A. They need to establish the run, but as always Eli is free to do as he pleases depending on the front the defense chooses.  He will continue to see what match-ups favor the Giants, and run the plays he thinks gives them the best chance to be successful.

Randall Cobb is a rising star for the Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Q. Randall Cobb was the Packers best kept secret the first half of the season, but now that he’s fast becoming a star, what do the Giants do to try to slow his meteoric rise?

A. Hopefully they keep a close eye on him.  Tom Coighlin is well aware of what he has become and has spoken highly of him all week.  They have used certain players on the scout team this week to simulate some of the looks the Packers have been using with Cobb.  I wouldn’t expect to see him field too many punts in bounds Sunday night, and most kickoffs will be either out of the end zone or in a corner somewhere.  You can’t shut him down completely, but you can be smart about how many opportunities you allow to have to beat you.

Q. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been lighting up teams like he did last year, but he is Aaron Rodgers – the league’s MVP and arguably the best player in the league. What do the Giants do to slow him?

A. Hopefully they can get pressure from somewhere and everywhere, and force him into some quick throws.  There is no way to stop Rodgers, you really just hope he has a bad day and makes a few mistakes.  Again, I think the Packers know their team and our team pretty well and I expect to see quick throws, screens, slants, and draws to protect your line and to get the ball out of Rodgers hand quickly.

Q. Give us you thoughts on how this game will go and, of course, include a final score.

A. Close, but could be high scoring.  31-27?

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