“Moving on Bye”
October 7, 2016
By Wayne Sargent
Green Bay Packers 2-1 vs NY Giants 2-2
The Green Bay Packers coming off a “Bye” week will host the NY Giants at Lambeau Field this Sunday night with kickoff at 7:35.
Both teams entered the league just 4 years apart with the Packers in 1921 followed by the Giants in 1925. Including the playoffs, these teams have met 59 times with the Pack leading 31-26-2. The first meeting against each other was on October 7, 1928, the Giants won 6-0. The biggest blowout between them was won by the Giants with the score of 49-3 back on November 21, 1948. The Green Bay Packers lost the last 3 games against the NY Giants. The last time the Packers beat the Giants goes back to December 4, 2011 at Metlife Stadium. That was Aaron Rodgers first and only win against the Giants putting the Packers into the Playoffs, clinching the NFC North Title. Eli Manning has met the Pack 5 times with a 2-3 record. He has passed for 97/165 averaging 288 yards per game.
Sunday’s match-up will bring on a well-rested physically healed Packer team. With the early bye week initially thought to be too soon, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Starters Clay Matthews, Sam Shields, Morgan Barnett and Jeff Janis were all in desperate need of healing time. Recovering from hand surgery Janis returned to practice on Monday without the “club” on his hand. Sam Shields is recovering from a concussion and looks like he won’t play. The team of Clay Matthews and Nick Perry should produce big plays knocking Eli out of the pocket.
The Giants coming off a frustrating Monday night loss to the dreaded Minnesota Vikings will need a lot of help if they are going to beat the Packers. Their secondary backfield is nearly depleted due to injury. They are currently being ranked at 29th in the league. Star receiver Odell Beckham has yet to score a TD this season while receivers Victor Cruz, along with rookies Paul Perkins and Sterling Shepard have become popular targets for Eli. They present a decent running game with backs Bobby Rainey and Orleans Darkwa but up against the Packers having the best ranked running defense in the league could be troublesome.
Look for big plays downfield from Jordy Nelson, Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis and Davante Adams as Aaron Rodgers and company take advantage of weak coverage.
The Pack goes 4-1 with a 38-20 win.