|Last 3 Games||3-0||+2||2-1||1-2||26.3||14.0||312.0||(5)||1.0||17.3||9.7||347.7||(5.3)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||26.3||13.5||21.6||30:06||26-98||(3.8)||24-36||67.2%||247||(6.9)||62-345||(5.6)||(13.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.6||10.9||19.9||30:15||27-115||(4.3)||22-35||61.2%||230||(6.5)||62-345||(5.6)||(16)|
|Offense Road Games||27.0||11.8||21.2||29:56||26-98||(3.8)||24-35||69.4%||256||(7.4)||61-353||(5.8)||(13.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.7||8.5||19.5||29:54||24-99||(4.1)||22-39||55.8%||244||(6.3)||63-344||(5.4)||(16.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.3||11||20||31:57||27-115||(4.2)||21-35||60.8%||231||(6.6)||62-347||(5.6)||(15.5)|
|Defense Road Games||21.6||7.2||20.6||30:04||27-111||(4.2)||20-37||54.0%||237||(6.3)||64-348||(5.4)||(16.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.3||0.9||0.7||13-6||42.1%||1-0||33.3%||2-63||(26.1)||2-21||(10.5)||6-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.6||1.9||13-5||36.6%||1-0||54.0%||3-67||(24.5)||22-2||(9.8)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.4||0.0||0.4||1.4||14-6||44.3%||0-0||0.0%||2-60||(24.8)||2-14||(6.3)||7-75|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.4||1.6|| ||14-5||35.5%||1-1||40.0%||2-58||(23.1)||1-9||(5.9)||8-70|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||37.0%||1-1||53.1%||3-56||(22.2)||20-2||(8.5)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.4||0.4||1.8|| ||14-5||36.2%||2-1||37.5%||2-51||(21.1)||1-7||(6.2)||9-73|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-2.1||1-2||1-2||20.7||14.3||264.3||(4.7)||2.3||26.3||12.3||352.7||(5.2)||3.0|
|Offense (All Games)||26.7||13.2||20.6||29:56||25-111||(4.4)||22-37||61.2%||256||(7)||62-367||(5.9)||(13.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.6||11.1||19.5||30:48||26-106||(4)||22-35||62.3%||233||(6.7)||61-339||(5.6)||(15)|
|Offense Home Games||29.2||14.0||22.2||29:22||24-110||(4.6)||23-37||61.4%||280||(7.6)||61-390||(6.4)||(13.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.6||10.8||19.4||30:04||26-114||(4.4)||22-34||63.7%||258||(7.5)||60-372||(6.2)||(17.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||10.2||20.1||31:44||27-115||(4.3)||22-35||62.4%||243||(6.9)||62-358||(5.8)||(16)|
|Defense Home Games||26.4||14.2||18.6||30:38||28-142||(5.1)||20-30||66.7%||246||(8.2)||58-389||(6.7)||(14.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.5||1.6||1.1||13-5||37.3%||0-0||80.0%||4-99||(24.2)||1-10||(7.8)||4-34|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.6||1.4||1.7||13-5||37.5%||1-0||51.5%||3-65||(23.6)||21-2||(9.5)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.4||0.4||1.8||0.6||12-5||43.1%||0-0||100.0%||4-94||(21.5)||1-7||(9)||5-36|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.7||1.0||2.7|| ||12-5||38.3%||1-1||53.3%||5-113||(24.5)||2-24||(11.8)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||37.2%||1-1||60.3%||3-62||(23.1)||23-2||(9.8)||7-59|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.4||1.0||2.4|| ||12-4||36.2%||2-1||75.0%||5-134||(29.1)||2-24||(10.9)||8-77|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GREEN BAY 20.5, NY GIANTS 20.4|
|10/21/2012||@ ST LOUIS||30-20||W||-4||W||45||O||26-70||30-37-332||0||22-108||21-34-246||1|
|11/25/2012||@ NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/14/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||26-3||W||7||W||46.5||U||37-149||15-28-193||0||17-80||23-37-234||3|
|11/25/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/3/2012||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|GREEN BAY: The running game is an afterthought for the Packers, more often something Aaron Rodgers audibles to at the line. It's a zone-blocking scheme and they've had good success with it. James Starks is the only back on the roster whose had significant NFL experience, but coach Mike McCarthy has leaned towards a time share in recent years (a big reason why they spent a third-round pick on Alex Green in 2010). Green, if he's recovered from a torn ACL, or Brandon Saine should work their way into a timeshare, with Starks taking about 60 percent of the reps. John Kuhn will take short-yardage duties. The Packers have shown a lot of versatility in their passing game, throwing almost everything downfield. Greg Jennings still gets the most looks, with Jordy Nelson taking advantage of single coverage and out-producing him despite fewer targets. They'll primarily play three-wide and go four-wide often, with James Jones set to take on a bigger role as the third receiver. They also rotate their receivers frequently, even Jennings and Nelson. Jermichael Finley works medium-to-deep in the middle of the field. The backs serve as check downs, but Rodgers is often willing to throw into coverage and trust his receivers. Green Bay is very pass-happy in the red zone; they threw more than 70 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations, a higher rate than any team in the NFL. Green Bay tied for the league lead with 38 forced turnovers last year, and will continue to pick off passes with a ball-hungry secondary that frequently takes chances. The addition of run-clogging DTs Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir will allow relentless pass rusher Clay Matthews to get to the quarterback. Desmond Bishop has been a rock since moving into the starting lineup in 2010, averaging 8.5 tackles per game over 25 career starts. He's also the rare inside linebacker who can pick up a sack nearly every other game. Despite his age, Charles Woodson is still a force who will force turnovers whether he plays cornerback or safety, and he has become one of the NFL's better defensive backs in run support. The other starters in the secondary'Morgan Burnett, Tramon Williams and Charles Peprah'go for the big play, but end up surrendering as many as they make. |
|NY GIANTS: The Giants' run game is built primarily around man-on-man power blocking. The backfield has been shuffled a bit with the plodding Brandon Jacobs out and explosive rookie David Wilson in. But despite the fact that they burned a first-rounder on Wilson, Ahmad Bradshaw is still expected to handle the majority of the snaps. Bradshaw has become decent as a blocker and receiver, while Wilson has a long way to go in blitz pick-up. When they run near the goal line, Bradshaw will be the primary back, a role he spilt with Jacobs last season. D.J. Ware will pick up some passing down scraps, but will spend most of the game on the sidelines unless Bradshaw or Wilson gets hurt. The key players in offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride's complex passing game have meshed nicely. They might run a little less of their three-wide base this year with Mario Manningham out and rookie Rueben Randle in. Victor Cruz, who is effective inside and out, will slide to the slot when Randle is on the field, and Cruz will be Eli Manning's top target; Manning has always relied heavily on his slot guys. Hakeem Nicks is strictly on the perimeter as a big-play threat and will also be targeted frequently. Manning uses his tight ends as safety blankets, though new TE Martellus Bennett is more of an up-the-field threat with inconsistent hands. They'll run a handful of screens to all three backs, but Bradshaw is relied on for blitz pickup. Nicks was Manning's favorite red zone target a year ago, and he should be again in 2012. The Giants have nearly 100 sacks over the past two seasons, with stars Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck (when healthy) anchoring what's arguably the NFL's best defensive line. Pierre-Paul is the most athletic lineman in the league, able to rush the quarterback, tackle, bat down passes and force fumbles. Tuck, meanwhile, has vowed to be in the best shape of his life to start 2012, in an effort to prevent a second straight injury-marred campaign in which he saw limited snaps. Then there's Osi Umenyiora, who is usually good for about 10 sacks despite the fact that he's on the sidelines for many running downs. The secondary will get a boost from the return of cornerback Terrell Thomas, whose 21 passes defensed in 2010 ranked third in the NFL. Antrel Rolle played safety and some slot corner last year, but the return of Thomas, who tore his ACL last August, should allow Rolle to play more exclusively at his natural safety position in 2012. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (GREEN BAY-NY GIANTS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Packers-Giants Preview* ========================
By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer
Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers continues to throw touchdowns at a prolific rate, even though no quarterback has been sacked more.
The New York Giants, meanwhile, are hopeful that Eli Manning's recent track record after bye weeks can help him avoid a career-worst fourth straight game without a TD pass.
The injury-plagued Packers are seeking a sixth straight victory Sunday night when they visit the Giants in a matchup of division leaders who have won the last two Super Bowls.
Green Bay (7-3) has used this streak to tie Chicago for first in the NFC North while New York (6-4) leads the East despite losing its last two games.
"Both teams this weekend, the last two Super Bowl winners, play," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "Each is in the lead in their division. So it's got a tremendous and exciting format."
These teams last met in the divisional playoffs last season when Manning threw for 330 yards and three scores to lead New York to a 37-20 upset of the 15-1 Packers, who beat the Giants 38-35 in the regular season.
"I think you learn that it's all about playing the right way at the right time and we didn't play our best football and they did," Rodgers said. "They were the better team and they won, and that's why they moved on."
Rodgers has thrown 27 touchdowns to just six interceptions despite being sacked 32 times. He proved himself in the clutch yet again last Sunday with a 22-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left for the go-ahead score in a 24-20 victory at Detroit.
The reigning league MVP leads the NFL with a 107.3 passer rating.
"I feel Aaron is having a very good season," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's what makes us go on offense."
Manning, meanwhile, is enduring his worst touchdown pass drought since Nov. 28-Dec. 12, 2004, in his rookie season. He has denied reports of a tired arm.
The Giants had last week off and now look to win their fifth straight post-bye contest. Manning has thrown for 1,290 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception with a 68.1 completion percentage over his previous four games after the bye.
"I think you just try and get rest and come back fresh," Manning said. "Obviously, I think having a week off just to get your mind off of football a little bit, then you come back and you're just excited, re-energized, have a great week of preparation."
Manning is 0-3 in the regular season against the Packers, although he beat them both years in the playoffs en route to Giants' Super Bowl titles.
He will be facing a Packers defense that was forced to use six rookies at times last week due to numerous injuries. The most notable absences are Clay Matthews (hamstring) and former defensive player of the year Charles Woodson (broken collarbone).
Matthews, who did not take part in practice Wednesday, is doubtful and Woodson is out.
"They're obviously two of our best players on defense and two of the better players on our whole football team, but that's the game of football," McCarthy said. "That's why it takes a team. They're both playmakers, impact players, and it's important for us to try and create other opportunities for the other guys on our defense."
Cornerback Sam Shields is also out.
The Packers' pass rush has produced an NFC-best 33 sacks. They dropped Matthew Stafford five times last week without Matthews and his team-high nine sacks.
Manning has been sacked 12 times for the lowest total among players who have started the majority of games, although six have come in his last two games.
Getting pressure on Rodgers will be the goal for a Giants pass rush that ranks 13th with 25 sacks. New York sacked him four times in last year's playoff matchup.
"We haven't rattled him yet," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. "We've had success against him, slowed him down in his progressions because of some different looks. As far as being rattled? No, I haven't seen that yet."
The Giants will also need to try to neutralize Cobb, who has six touchdown receptions over his last four games. Greg Jennings is expected to miss his seventh straight game with a torn abdominal muscle.
If this game comes down to the kickers, New York could have an edge with Lawrence Tynes making 28 of 31 field-goal attempts and leading the NFL with 109 points. Green Bay's Mason Crosby has made 11 of 18 attempts for the league's worst percentage after he misfired on two of three against the Lions.
|Last Updated: 3/23/2018 5:39:38 PM EST|