The New York Giants are inching their way up the NFC East with a convincing win over the Green Bay Packers, 27-13. The only problem is that the Philiadelphia Eagles also won and are now 1.5 games ahead of the Giants at 6-5.
With both teams already playing their games against one another, the Giants not only need to keep winning, but they are going to need help if they have any shot pulling off this miracle. The Giants gameplan was as expected and that was for the Giants defense to load the box for most of the game and challenge QB Scott Tolzien beat them. Tolzien threw for 339 yards (24/34), but three 3 interceptions without a TD.
The Giants bend but not break strategy played right into the Packers hands as their running of Lacy and Starks were held in check as the Packers only amassed 55 total yards on the ground. The Giants high points, low points and my final thoughts are as follows:
- Eli Manning was solid and showed patience and poised in the pocket (25/35 for 279 yards) with a TD pass and a INT
- Giants won the turnover battle 3 to 1
- Giants defense held the Packers ground game to only 55 total yards
- Giants defense allowed only 1 TD
- Giants won the time of possession battle 35:14 to 24:46
- Giants defense held the Packers on 3rd down efficiency at 2/8 (25%)
- Giants OL gave up 4 sacks to the Packers
- Giants DL did not register a single sack against the Packers
- Giants 3rd down efficiency was a weak 4/14 (28%)
- Giants only had 334 total yards for the game (279 yards by passing)
- Giants were dreadful in the red zone (1/3 at 33%)
This was a big win as every game for the rest of the season will be a must game. The Giants were expected to win against a Packers team minus Aaron Rodgers.
Again, not only are the Giants chasing the Cowboys and the Eagles, but also history. In the Giants remaining 6 games, they will have to win at least 5 of them. So with two games against the Redskins (who beat the Giants both times last season) and one against the Cowboys, Chargers, Seahawks and Lions, what are their odds of completing a miracle?
Remember this fact: all of the Giants wins have come against teams with a QB issue. The remaining teams all have their No. 1 quarterback healthy and if that remains the case, the Giants will be facing a very, very difficult task.