New York – Green Bay

The game is over, and the Giants have won, 37-20. What an impressive team. The Giants have one thing most teams don’t. A pass rush that can consistently generate pressure with their front four. They can run the ball, and stop the run. Eli Manning is having the best season of his career. The Giants are a battle tested squad, and a lot of their guys have come back and are healthy.

Green Bay clearly had distractions this week. The offensive coordinator’s son dying had to have some impact on the team’s preparation. I do think one thing with major impact on the Packers was something we don’t normally expect:

The weather.

Green Bay plays their home games in the Far North, but they aren’t a cold-weather team. Their offense is really better on an indoor, fast track. That’s how come we’ve seen them do so well on turf or in domes. Today, they turned the ball over four times, and it really should have been more than that. The Packers have now lost four of their last six playoff games at home, and Lambeau Field cannot be seen as a huge home field advantage in January anymore.

I thought Green Bay really needed to develop a running game more than they did. We’ve heard people say these Packers are not Vince Lombardi’s Packers. They are not. Those 1960’s Packers were far more well-rounded than Mike McCarthy’s. These Packers can’t stop the run or the pass, as they ranked 32nd on defense. DEAD LAST. How could a team finishing dead last end up with the league’s best record?

Now Green Bay, the league’s best team, is going to end up with their coaching staff getting raided. It’ll be interesting to watch their offseason.

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About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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