New York Giants: Five Keys To Defeating The Green Bay Packers
3. Pass Protection
The New York Giants have reached the NFL Playoffs without the slightest form of consistency from the offensive line. Justin Pugh missed five games with a sprained MCL and the rest of the line suffered accordingly.
With Pugh back on the field, the Giants will need to right the wrongs done during the Week 5 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
When New York fell 23-16 at Green Bay in Week 5, the Giants’ offensive line was in disarray, As previously alluded to, it failed to create running lanes for the Giants to attack and exploit, but that’s secondary in importance.
The true issue with the Giants’ offensive line against the Packers was the glaring inability to protect quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning was sacked three times during Week 5, which resulted in a fumble and a generally erratic performance. The Packers registered four sacks overall and seven hits on the quarterback, which is a great way to lose any and every game.
Manning has work to do himself, but if the offensive line continues to struggle against the Packers, he’ll have no time to react one way or another.