New York Giants: Five Keys To Defeating The Green Bay Packers
4. Defend The Run
As previously noted, the New York Giants’ failed to establish the run against the Green Bay Packers in Week 5. Perhaps even more frustrating than the offense’s shortcomings, however, was what the manner in which the defense struggled.
The Packers kept the defense on the field by consistently moving the chains via a run game that simply wouldn’t quit.
Green Bay ran for nine first downs and 147 yards in Week 5. Both Eddie Lacy and James Starks were active for that game, however, and both will miss the Wild Card Round rematch with the Giants due to injuries.
Nevertheless, New York cannot afford to take the Packers’ rushing attack lightly as it searches for ways to contain Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay’s run game has been weak in recent weeks, as one would expect it to be with the first and second-string players down. Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael are capable of busting out big plays, however, and that aspect cannot be overlooked.
Green Bay may not be able to run the ball with as much efficiency as it did in Week 5, but it’s as capable of executing a home run play as ever before.