Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers see reunite with a former assistant coach when the New York Giants arrive at Lambeau Field. Edward Valentine of Big Blue View was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the Giants and provide insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
APC: In their most recent outing against the Vikings, the Giants struggled to put points on the board or feed their starting trio of wide receivers. How much of this was the matchup, and how much can be attributed to issues on New York's end?
It's a little of both. Minnesota did a really good job of rolling coverages toward Odell Beckham and into lanes the Giants like to throw into. That said, I think the Giants were so concerned about the Minnesota pass rush and getting the ball out quickly that they didn't really give themselves a chance to use their weapons. The Giants' offense has yet to really play up to its potential this season. They need to figure it out.
APC: With the first quarter of the season in the books, what has changed for New York under the leadership of former Packers quarterbacks coach and new Giants headman Ben McAdoo, and what elements of Tom Coughlin's tenure still remain?
Well, McAdoo is definitely his own man. He's not afraid to do things his way, and that's good. The problem is that a lot of the things McAdoo preaches -- discipline, poise, ball security, playing smart -- are things the Giants have not done the past two weeks. These are the same problems that existed under TC the past couple of years. The message is there, but the execution is not.
APC: The Giants spent a considerable sum to improve their defense this offseason, including $85 million on edge rusher Olivier Vernon. Yet as it stands, the team ranks last in the league in sacks with four. Is this just the result of a small sample size, or does New York have a serious issue pressuring the quarterback?
Maybe a bit of both. Vernon is a good player, but the concern was that the Giants were giving A+ money to a B+ player, and as much as I love how hard the guy plays that might be the case. I'm not convinced JPP will ever be a dominant player again. The Giants need some of their young guys to step up, and they need to get healthy in the secondary so they can get to some of their blitz packages.
APC: What under-the-radar player could make the biggest difference for the Giants on Sunday?
Well, after his 67-yard scamper with a screen pass on Monday it will be interesting to see if the Giants find a few more touches for running back Paul Perkins.
APC: Finally, it's prediction time. Which teams wins on Sunday and why?
The Packers. Giants traveling on a short week. Packers sitting home off a bye. Giants are in a bit of disarray right now and they are injury-riddled in the secondary. I don't see this as a good matchup for the Giants at all, unless they find their stride on offense and outscore Green Bay in a high-scoring shootout.
We'd like to thank Ed and Big Blue View for answering our questions. Be sure to check out our Q&A session over there, as well as their fantastic coverage of all things Giants. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Giants vs. Packers.