As the Green Bay Packers (2-1) get set to host the New York Giants (2-2) on Sunday Night Football, it’s time for Dave Schroeder’s ‘Fast 5 Pack Facts’ to get you ready for kickoff.
#1 Tale of 2 Defenses: The Packers have the #1 run defense in the NFL, giving up only 42.7 ypg. Their 1.8 yards per carry allowed are also #1. BUT… Green Bay has the 4th-worst pass defense in the NFL, giving up 307.3 ypg. The struggles of Damarious Randall (in the absence of concussed Sam SHields) have been apparent. The 2nd-year CB has been beaten by Stefon Diggs and Marvin Jones multiple times in the last 2 games. Diggs had 182 receiving yards and Jones had 203 vs. Green Bay.
#2 New York’s 3-headed Monster: The segue here is too easy. With the Packers pass defense having shaky moments, Green Bay now draws the tough test of defending the Giants’ talented receivers. Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, and Sterling Shephard are impressive. The aforemioned Damarious Randall called the trio a “3-headed monster” this week. And while this is a tough test, Beckham has struggled himself. The star has yet to find the end zone this season and recorded a career-low 23 yards at Minnesota Monday night.
#3 Primetime Troubles: Sunday Night Football has not been kind to the Packers of late. The Packers have lost 5 straight games on NBC, and 5 of 6 primetime games overall. That stretch of turmoil started after the bye week last year in Denver. Their only primetime win since Week 3 of last season came on the Hail Mary mircale in Detroit.
#4 Jordy’s Just Fine: Jordy Nelson missed all of last year, missed all of this year’s preseason, and has played in 1 fewer game than receivers on 30 other NFL teams. Yet he still leads the NFL with 4 TD catches this year! Nelson has not yet had the yardage totals we are used to seeing, but he has been productive, exceeding MIke McCarthy’s early-season expectations.
#5 Lacy’s Time To Shine?: Eddie Lacy toted the rock 20+ times in 10 games as a rookie, topping that total for the first time immediately following the team’s Week 4 bye. Green Bay is coming off a Week 4 bye right now, but will they look to Lacy? The running back has 20+ carries in only 6 games total since his rookie year. Lacy welcomes a bigger workload (he’s in a contract year after all). Pointing to the Giants’ 9th-ranked run defense, Lacy said this week that a high volume of carries will help break down that defense.
Prediction: Packers 29, Giants 20
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