Hey guys, I'm arodgb from APC, and I'm here to answer any questions you might have about this week!
First, if you don't mind dropping a few rec's so this stays near the top of the Fanposts for the week. Thanks
Next, rules for the thread. This was probably the most heated thread I did last year, and I don't want it to be like that again. Try to keep it civil.
As you all remember, [and as us Packer fans have all been trying to forget] the Giants beat the Packers en route to the Super Bowl last year. I'm sure I don't have to remind you. The Giants overcame playing in Green Bay, as well as some horrendous officiating to embarrass the Packers 37-20.
But last year is last year, and the focus is on the teams right now. Currently, the Packers sit at
8-2 7-3, with losses against San Fransisco, Seattle, and Indianapolis. Since our loss in Indy, we've gone on a five game win streak. A lot of them haven't been as pretty or decisive as we've liked, but at the end of the day we've gotten the job done.
Here's a quick summary of the season so far...
Our offense hasn't been as good as last season. Rodgers is still having a fine year, just not as incredible as last year. A 107.3 QB rating, as well as 27 touchdowns to 6 interceptions to go with a 67.2 completion rating.
The Achilles heel of this team is still the running game. James Starks had a decent week last week with 70ish yards on 20 carries, but we've struggled to get anything going. Alex Green also had some reps as the starter, but didn't do much better.
On the offensive line, we've lost starting RT Brian Bulaga to IR, and 2011 1st rounder Derrick Sherrod is still on PUP.
Defensively, we're much improved from last season. A young secondary that has been missing Charles Woodson for the last few games has really stepped up their game. Casey Hayward, 2nd rounder out of Vanderbilt, is playing like the DROtY so far, with five interceptions. Tramon Williams and Davon House are the outside corners, and Hayward takes slot responsibilities. Woodson moved to safety this season, but he's been injured lately, so the Packers have gone with a trifecta of Morgan Burnett, MD Jennings, and Jerron McMillian at safety since he's been gone. Word on the street is Woodson won't be available for this game, so the Giants probably won't have to worry about him.
Our linebackers have been plagued with injuries. Clay Matthews might not play against the Giants due to an injured Hamstring. Starter Desmond Bishop was injured in training camp, placed on IR. DJ Smith was hit with a crackback block from Duane Brown of the Texans, ending his season as well. Brad Jones is the third stringer, and he's done a fine job replacing them. And finally, Nick Perry, 2012 1st round pick, has been placed on IR, with Erik Walden taking his position.
The Packers starting defense last week didn't include Woodson or Matthews, the two cornerstones, and they ended up with 5 sacks, 3 forced turnovers, a pick six, and ultimately the win. This week those two might not play as well, and the Packers defense will have to step up once again if they want to win the game.