Packers vs. Giants: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 17:  Scott Tolzien #16 of the Green Bay Packers calss out the play in the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 17, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers lost their Week 11 showdown with the New York Giants.


Final Score

Green Bay: 13

New York: 27


Green Bay Packers Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC+C
Run OffenseDD+
Run DefenseC-B
Pass DefenseB-C
Special TeamsCD
vs. Giants Week 11

Final Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Today's starting quarterback Scott Tolzien had mixed results against the New York Giants in Week 11. While he was able to stretch the field and make great throws at times, Tolzien tossed three costly interceptions in the second half. For the Packers, it’s clear that Aaron Rodgers needs to come back if this team is to have any chance of turning things around and making a late push for the playoffs.

Run Offense: Rushing for just 27 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, running back Eddie Lacy could not find room to operate against a stingy Giants run defense. Without some of Green Bay’s best offensive weapons on the field, defenses are now able to focus on Lacy more than they ever could before.

Pass Defense: Even though the Packers pass defense held Eli Manning to just one touchdown through the air in Week 11, that was not the whole story. Allowing the Giants wide receivers to gash them throughout the game, Green Bay’s secondary consistently gave the Giants great field position to work with.

Run Defense: Struggling early to stop the Giants' rushing attack, the Packers run defense drastically improved their effort in the second half. Giving up 74 yards rushing and a touchdown, the Packers were able to do just enough to slow down Giants starting running back Andre Brown.

Special Teams: It wasn’t a great day for the Packers’ special teams unit. Whether it was playing poor coverage or getting stopped on a fake punt, the Packers didn’t do anything to help themselves against the Giants. With this team’s inability to consistently put up points, any mistakes they give up on special teams become magnified.

Coaching: Injuries aside, one problem this Packers team endures at times is inconsistent play-calling. While head coach Mike McCarthy did his very best to establish a running game, it was clear that the Giants were ready for it. Though Tolzien showed flashes of promise early, McCarthy didn’t give his quarterback a chance to take control of this offense until late in the contest.


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 17:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants is tackled by  Micah Hyde #33 of the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on November 17, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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First-Half Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Throwing for 131 yards in the first half, Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien has looked comfortable in the pocket, giving his wide receivers a chance to work in space. Tolzien will have to continue to attack New York’s secondary if he wants to give his team any chance of winning this game.

Run Offense: Facing a stout New York run defense, rookie running back Eddie Lacy has struggled to get going. Rushing for just 14 yards on seven carries, the Packers have to do a better job of giving Lacy room to run in the second half.

Pass Defense: Although they managed to turn things around in the second quarter, the Green Bay pass defense had some issues covering the New York Giants wide receivers in the first half. Whether it was giving up a 26-yard touchdown to Rueben Randle or allowing Victor Cruz to haul in five receptions, the Packers have to continue to play solid coverage if they want to stay in this game.

Run Defense: Giving up five yards per carry to Giants running back Andre Brown, the Packers had major problems attacking the line of scrimmage throughout the entire first half. The Packers' tendency to focus on the Giants' passing attack has played a major role in Brown's early success.

Special Teams: While there weren’t any game-changing moments on special teams in the first half, the Packers did surrender a 32-yard punt return to Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle. With an offense that’s struggling to put up points, Green Bay’s special teams unit has to play well if they want to keep this game in check.

Coaching: Head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff made sure the Packers were balanced on offense in the first half. But after quarterback Scott Tolzien drove his offense into the red zone early, McCarthy decided to take the football out of his hands and run it on first and second down. If the Packers want to win this game, McCarthy has to take more shots downfield and let his playmakers do what they do best.