Legendary senior writer, Packers lead blogger & NFC North columnist jclombardi presents Packers "great, good, bad & ugly" awards.
1. CB Willams—solid game with 8 tackles & big interception.
2. WR Nelson—8 catches for 117 yards.
1. WR Boykin—6 catches for 91 yards.
2. ILB B. Jones—13 tackles & sack.
3. Kicker Crosby—connected from 24 yard & 57 yard field goals.
1. CB Hyde—Giants receivers had a field day against the Packers pass coverage (excluding CB Williams) that continued allowing big pass plays. Giants WRs Cruz, Nicks and Randle combined for 15 catches totaling 197 yards and touchdown. While Hyde was not alone, he is singled out for his failures in coverage, including the big 26 TD pass to Giants WR Randle. Close isn’t good enough!
2. OTs Newhouse & Bakhtiari—while the offensive line gave up no sacks, the Giants repeatedly brought pressure from the outside against these two. Further, the offensive line failed to open up lanes for the running game getting only 55 total rushing yards, while rookie sensation RB Lacy had 14 carries for only 27 yards. During recent weeks to stop him, defenses stack the box bringing safeties down, bringing corners in, and bringing personnel off the slot. The offensive game plan must anticipate this defensive game plan.
3. QB Tolzien—although the fluff Packers press & bloggers tried to paint a rosy picture about his performance focusing upon his 339 passing yards, in the NFL, offensive results are all that count including no touchdowns and 3 interceptions (ah, shades of former Wisconsin & Packers QB Wright indeed). The Packers were 2 for 8 on third downs and 1 for 2 in the red zone.
Standing right behind Scott Tolzien and that offense, watching him. He has to do a better job of selling the fake on the play action. It seems like he is rushing the ball. Rushing for it to come out a little bit. Not really making good decisions back there. He has some other receivers he needs to look for down the field and try and stretch the field against this Giants defense.
1. HC McCarthy—for a second straight week, he was outcoached, outmuscled & outplayed by another motivated physical team, specifically the average NY Giants from the mediocre NFC East Division. Unfortunately, it’s an old pattern as in the 2012 season; they lost to the Giants in an embarrassing blowout. In the 2011 season the Packers were 15-1, but they lost to the Giants in the 1st playoff home game. In the 2007 NFC Championship home game, they lost to the Giants.
Further, from the opening series with two straight runs and one failed 3rd down pass play, his vanilla game plan was predictable heading for a disastrous day. If you need evidence, fans need only read what Giants DE Pierre-Paul said predicting the big pass play that he intercepted for a touchdown. He told teammates that he knew what was coming before the snap, according to Wes Hodkiewicz:
Honestly, I called it before it even happened in the huddle, and sure enough that was the play (Wes Hodkiewicz; @WesHod) November 18, 2013). JPP: I read the formation, the tight end, how he was set and I caught the ball (Wes Hodkiewicz; @WesHod) November 18, 2013).
COMMENTARY: We are not surprised at another prime time disgusting and embarrassing loss to another motivated physical team, NY Giant. Against motivated physical teams, HC McCarthy's team gets outplayed, outmuscled, and outcoached, especially the NY Giants. Veteran QB Flynn should have started the game. Fans can bet the Packers will start QB Tolzien against the Vikings! Meanwhile, the fluff sports press will focus upon whether QB Rodgers will back for the Thanksgiving Lions game? Good luck!