Two weeks ago, New York Giants substitute quarterback Tommy DeVito made national headlines after a stellar performance against the Green Bay Packers and Joe Barry’s defense on Monday Night Football. On Wednesday, the Giants announced that DeVito’s short run of stardom has ended, as he’s been benched for Tyrod Taylor — who is coming off of a stint on the injured reserve.
Against the Packers, DeVito completed 81 percent of his passes, took zero sacks and rushed for 71 yards. In all of his other seven appearances combined (including five starts), DeVito completed just 61 percent of his passes, took 36 sacks and rushed for only 124 yards.
DeVito’s recent performance now appears to fall in line with a recent trend of below-average quarterbacks having season-best games against the Packers' defense. In Week 15, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put up 34 points at Lambeau Field as quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 22 of 28 passes for 381 yards and four touchdown throws.
On Christmas Eve, the Carolina Panthers scored a season-high 30 points against the Packers after averaging just 15.7 points per game during their 2-13 stretch. Carolina quarterback Bryce Young, who previously had been recording one of the most inefficient passing seasons in modern NFL history, threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the effort.
To put it simply: Green Bay defensive coordinator Joe Barry and his defense have been making stars out of substandard quarterbacks as of lately. With two games left to go in the season, the Packers essentially need to win out against the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears to realistically earn a spot in the postseason. The question now is if Barry’s paper tiger defense full of first-round picks can hold back career performances from quarterbacks Nick Mullens and Justin Fields down the stretch.