Giants fans: 5 things you should know about Packers
As the Giants (2-2) head to Lambeau Field for their second straight prime time showdown, here are five things to know about the Packers entering Sunday night:
1. BYE, BYE, BYE For the third consecutive season, Green Bay will play on “Sunday Night Football” the week after its bye. The Packers are playing at home the week after the bye for the fourth time in the Mike McCarthy era, winning the first three.
The Packers are 8-2 overall under McCarthy in games played after the bye.
The week off is a potential advantage for McCarthy in prepping to face Ben McAdoo, who considers the former a coaching mentor.
McCarthy is joined by Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches in franchise history to have won a Super Bowl. 2. DON’T EXPECT AN A-BOMB FROM THIS A-ROD Aaron Rodgers’ greatness is not solely built on his production, but his consistency.
He has thrown for at least 30 touchdowns five times and ranks second in team history behind Hall of Famer Brett Favre (8).
Dating back to 1921, Rodgers is tied for the most seasons with 30-plus touchdown passes and less than 10 interceptions. He has five, matching Patriots’ All-Pro Tom Brady.
Rodgers should also have his full complement of weapons against the Giants with Jordy Nelson back from an ACL injury. Nelson has four touchdown catches, including a pair of touchdown passes against the Lions in Week 3 during his first 100-yard game since Dec. 21, 2014. 3. RUNNING INTO A WALL According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Packers’ 128 rushing yards allowed this season are the fewest given up by Green Bay through three games since the NFL started compiling individual stats in 1933. The previous low for the Packers was 151 set in 1996. 4. QUICK OUT OF THE GATE The Packers started games fast last season, scoring touchdowns in the first quarter in nine of their 16 regular-season games. That trend has continued this year as Rodgers and Co. are tied for No. 1 in the NFL in first-quarter touchdowns with four (and that’s just in three games). 5. SECONDARY CONCERNS Veteran cornerback Sam Shields (concussion) has missed the last two games and came back off the bye still not cleared from protocol. He is unlikely to play against the Giants, which will put a ton more pressure on Damarious Randall, who could be faced with trying to cover Odell Beckham Jr.
Randall watched as Vikings WR Stefon Diggs went for nine catches for 182 yards and a TD, much of that coming at his expense. Then, in Week 3, Detroit’s Marvin Jones Jr. finished with 205 receiving yards, half of which came against Randall.