The Green Bay Packers fell to 5-5 after their 27-13 loss to the New York Giants, which is their 3rd consecutive loss. The Packers are still in the playoff race thanks to the Detroit Lions 37-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the wild card race is getting a little too crowded. With five teams ahead of the Packers in the wild card, it maybe time to worry about winning the NFC North and to do it the Packers hold their own destiny. With games still to play against the Lions, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, win those and Packers take the inside track. Before we get to those games we have to look back at this one to see what Green Bay needs to improve on to get the win against the Vikings next Sunday. On to the grades…
Keys to the Game
1. Protect Scott Tolzien from the pass rush. The Packers did not let up any sacks and only 5 QB hits. I wonder if that had more to do with Tolzien’s legs? Eddie Lacy never got going so the play action was never quite there. Grade C
Tramon Williams makes a diving interception
2. Pressure Eli Manning into bad throws. The Packers had 4 sacks and 6 hits on the QB and a hurry led to a rushed throw that was intercepted by Tramon Williams, but I never felt like the pressure was going to get to him. The sacks and hits were after Manning held onto the ball. Grade B-
3. Tackling was terrible. As a team they had 79 tackles, but I would love to know how many missed tackles there were. It was atrocious for the 3rd straight game. Grade F
4. The Packers could not get off the field again. The time of possession was 10 minutes in favor of the Giants and the Packers let up two big runs on 4th and 1, that just can’t happen if you want to win! Grade F
5. Mason Crosby bounced back with a 2-2 day including a 57 yard FG that cut the Giants lead to 4 points going into halftime. Grade A
Player of the Game
Tramon Williams had eight tackles, a pass deflection and an interception, but the Giants had 25 receptions for 279 yards. I didn’t get the feeling that Williams was making tackles on running backs, but more of the fact that he was getting beat and making tackles on the receiver that caught the ball. Jason Pierre-Paul made one play and to me it was the play of the game and that makes him the player of the game! The Packers drove down the field scored a touchdown then came back and forced the Giants to a three and out with two sacks and took the momentum. That is until JPP jumped up and grabbed the ball out of mid-air and returned it for a 24 yard touchdown that provided the final deficit of the game.
My prediction was 27-20 and to be honest when I saw the Packers driving in the last 2 minutes I thought I had done it. Close, but not close enough!
Jarrett Boykin was again Scott Tolzien’s favorite target
1. Mason Crosby is probably the only bright spot from Sunday. Set a team record for outdoor longest field goal.
2. Brad Jones had his best game of the season with a 13 tackles, a sack and 3 tackles for loss.
3. Scott Tolzien connected on 5 deep balls on Sunday.
1. Kick-off return game is bad. Micah Hyde had a 23 yard average, but that was wiped out by 2 penalties.
2. The running game had its worst game of the season with only 55 yards.
3. Tolzien had three interceptions that really hurt the Packers chances in this game.
4. Fake punt of 4th and 7 bringing in a guy who doesn’t usually play punt protector may have let the cat out of the bag.
Mason Crosby sets a Packers outdoor record by hitting a 57 yard field goal
Stating the obvious here, but the back-up QBs have not gotten it done here. Three straight loses in damn ugly and it needs to change against the Vikings. Aaron Rodgers may need to find a way to get back because if the Packers lose this game playoff chances are pretty much over.
The Packers head back to Lambeau Field to take on the Vikings, but are going to be watching the Lions vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bears vs St. Louis Rams games.