The New York Giants last played the Green Bay Packers last year in the divisional playoffs with a decisive win, 37-20. Even though some Packers players said they beat themselves in the loss, it was clear the Giants were the better team on that day. Eli Manning threw for a postseason career high of 330 yards. New York forced four turnovers and sacked Aaron Rodgers four times.
However, the offense has been very inconsistent lately and the Giants can’t afford to settle for field goals against the Packers. Couglin was not pleased with Manning’s performance against the Bengals and hopefully the rest from the bye week is what he needs to get back to elite quarterback form.
Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz need to have a good game and make some big plays when it counts. Three defensive starters from the Packers are not playing in the game, so this is a great opportunity for the Giants to get their offense back on track.
The defense has had a particularly hard time trying to contain quarterbacks that know how to run and scramble. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and he has no problem scoring in the endzone. They need to keep the pressure on Rodgers and limit his hot hand as much as they can.
The Giants are 1.5 games ahead of the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, so it is important to stay ahead of these NFC rivals. A big win most importantly will do a lot for the Giants confidence in finishing the rest of the regular season strong.