EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Columnist Tom Oates assesses the Green Bay Packers' performance in a 38-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night.
The Packers’ makeshift line was dominated by the Giants’ deep, talented group. The left side of Marshall Newhouse and Evan Dietrich-Smith is a worry. Aaron Rodgers was responsible for two turnovers — rare for him.
The Giants had been awful on third down and in the red zone, but you wouldn’t know it by their performance Sunday. Although the Packers played mostly base, the Giants ran the ball anyway, which set up everything else.
Special teams: C
Mason Crosby missed a 55-yarder early, then came back to drill a short one. Maybe that will be the one that gets him back on track. The Giants muffed two punts and the Packers couldn’t recover either one.
Asking a struggling kicker to boot a 55-yarder on his first try probably wasn’t the wisest move Mike McCarthy has ever made. The Packers aren’t often plagued by penalties, but they were in this game.
The game didn’t have tremendous meaning for the Packers, especially after their victory over Detroit a week earlier. But they certainly didn’t expect to lay a gigantic egg against a team they might see in the playoffs.