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Packers focus on what Giants’ Beckham does on field, not off


Packers focus on what Giants' Beckham does on field, not off

NOTES: McCarthy ruled out Sam Shields (concussion) for Sunday, the third straight missed game for the cornerback.

Rookie Sterling Shepard and veteran Victor Cruz join Beckham to give quarterback Eli Manning a risky receiving group.

While the Giants fell to 2-2 last week, they didn’t get any help from their NFC East rivals.

That hasn’t been the case the last two weeks for the Giants, who lost to Washington on September 25, and Minnesota on Monday night. The defense allowed the Lions to get back into the game, with Marvin Jones exploding for 205 yards and two touchdowns. We ran out of time in a couple games.

It was obvious that Aaron Rodgers took his early season struggles personal in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions. The Giants failed to bring down Sam Bradford on Monday night and have just four sacks on the year, tied for worst in the league.

– NY will turn the ball over. Everybody goes for a tremendous amount of yards and we can make things happen. Another one of the keys is to eliminate self-enforced turnovers; something they failed to do against Minnesota. That trend has continued this year as Rodgers and Co. are tied for No. 1 in the National Football League in first-quarter touchdowns with four (and that’s just in three games). Especially, if your next game is on the road and you have to travel.

Only Aaron Rodgers can be so impressive on an incomplete pass (which, by the way, drew a 66-yard pass interference). There’s a good chance it continues this week. It’s a ideal demonstration of why the Giants’ secondary will be the biggest factor to the outcome of the game on Sunday.

McAdoo said cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) will practice on a limited basis Wednesday. He finished with six catches for 32 yards and a score. The Giants’ defense, on the other hand, is No. 9 in rushing yards (84.0) and No. 3 in yards per carry (3.2). Yeah, could be a good night for Rodgers. That has contributed to the Giants’ solid performance when pegged as underdogs of seven or more points, going 15-5 ATS in their past 20.

But more importantly, the Packers will need to employ the same type high-tempo attack the Vikings implemented at various times to put the G-men on their heels Monday night.

By this point last season, when the Green Bay Packers were 4-0 and the offense had yet to erode, running back James Starks reaffirmed his worth as a sturdy and dependable backup, even at age 29. Prior to Green Bay’s 2012 home playoff loss to the Giants, their previous encounter four years earlier was another contest hosted at Lambeau Field, the 2008 NFC Championship Game. That was when the Packers went down to Miami and beat Joe Philbin and the Dolphins. I think I do my job as far as getting the first downs and things like that. He is averaging 38 pass attempts per game this season. The centerpiece is a display that shows the players who caught each of Favre’s 442 touchdown passes with the Packers.

The legacies of quarterbacks, or whether WR Odell Beckham Jr. will explode for a touchdown, or explode for a taunting penalty also play into the fact that Sunday night will be huge. “So you just want to be able to get him the ball in space and be able to just watch him work”. He still has 22 receptions for 303 yards, both of which rank 18th in the NFL.

It won’t just be the corners tasked with shutting Beckham down, though.

Fast forward to today, and Cruz has been on the field for all but 12 offensive snaps through the season’s first quarter, including every play but one the past two weeks.