The Green Bay Packers weren’t at their best, but they bounced back with a comfortable win over the New York Giants.
With last week’s embarrassing defeat in the past, the Packers got back on track with an important victory on the road against the New York Giants. And the victory was achieved with good offense and turnovers on defense.
But it wasn’t a great defensive performance by the Packers. Overall, they played the run well. Saquon Barkley was held under 100 yards and didn’t make a huge impact on the game.
The concerns were with the pass defense and some of the play-calling. For example, a fourth-and-5 conversion when defensive coordinator Mike Pettine decided to sit back and play soft coverage, leading to an easy completion. That was concerning.
Za’Darius Smith had a strong game, making five quarterback hits, but the Packers surprisingly made zero sacks despite being matched up with a struggling Giants offensive line. Smith put rookie quarterback Daniel Jones under some pressure, but the fact the Packers didn’t make a single sack is disappointing.
But here’s all that matters: Green Bay won the game.
The Packers improve to 9-3 and will still be in first place of the NFC North no matter what happens in the Minnesota Vikings’ game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. If the Vikings lose, the Packers would be a game ahead with only four left to play.
Up next is a home game against the Washington Redskins, giving Green Bay another great chance to pick up a victory. A 10th win on the season would be a huge step towards the playoffs.
It was hardly Green Bay’s best performance, but a win is a win.