NYG-GB grades: Packers’ stellar O-line play key to win over Giants

Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Packers' Week 5 home win over the Giants.

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NYG-GB grades: Packers’ stellar O-line play key to win over Giants

Green Bay Packer 23, New York Giants 16

Here are the top-graded players and biggest takeaways from Packers 23-16 win over the Giants:

New York Giants

Quarterback grade: Eli Manning, 34.8

Manning earns third-consecutive below-average grade

Eli Manning recorded another poor performance on Sunday, with this one coming as his lowest-graded game of the year. Manning didn’t throw an interception, but he did have two dangerous passes that easily could have been picked, along with two fumbles on the night. Manning also failed to balance out the poor plays with good ones; he did not complete any of his five passes targeted 20+ yards downfield, and nearly 70 percent of his 191 passing yards came after the catch, the second-highest percentage of the week.

Eli Manning versus pressure

Top offensive grades:

G Justin Pugh 77.8

G John Jerry, 76.6

TE Will Tye 76.6

WR Odell Beckham Jr. 75.6

HB Bobby Rainey 72.5

Tackles struggle in pass protection while interior line plays well

It was a rough night for Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart in pass protection, regardless of who lined up across from them. Hart allowed a sack, two hits, and four hurries, while Flowers allowed seven total pressures of his own. Flowers also had another sack and hurry nullified by penalties on the plays; otherwise, he would have had nine pressures allowed in 42 snaps in pass protection. The interior linemen fared better, allowing just two hurries between the three of them. The Giants once again struggled to run the ball, gaining just 42 yards on 14 carries, with 25 yards coming after contact. Bobby Rainey’s 14-yard run was the only one over six yards, and outside of that run, the Giants barely averaged 2 yards per carry.

Top defensive grades:

LB Keenan Robinson, 89.1

CB Janoris Jenkins, 85.0

DT Jonathan Hankins, 73.1

CB Eli Apple, 68.7

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 65.6

Coverage outstanding in tough situation

It’s difficult in the NFL to cover for two seconds, let alone four or five, but the latter is what the Giants’ secondary was consistently asked to do with a dismal pass-rush in front of them. Janoris Jenkins got picked on the most, giving up five catches for 60 yards, but he also made the most plays, intercepting two balls and breaking up another. Maybe the most impressive performance, though, was that of linebacker Keenan Robinson, who was targeted four times and didn’t allow a single catch. Heading into the game, he had allowed 12-of-14 targets on the year to be caught, and didn’t have a single pass breakup.

Green Bay Packers

Quarterback grade: Aaron Rodgers, 79.0

Rodgers gets plenty of help from O-line

Rodgers definitely wasn’t sharp Sunday night, but for the most part, the good outweighed the bad. He was given an incredible amount of time from the Packers’ offensive line, but the majority of his best plays came in rhythm. On 19 throws (including plays negated by penalties) coming in 2.5 seconds or less, Rodgers completed 12 attempts, gained 158 yards, and had a passer rating of 103.2. On 29 throws coming after 2.5 seconds, Rodgers completed 13 attempts, gained 151 yards, and had a passer rating of 40.9.

Aaron Rodgers vs. Pressure

Top offensive grades:

WR Randall Cobb, 88.5

C J.C. Tretter, 86.5

FB Aaron Ripkowski, 84.0

RG T.J. Lang, 82.7

LT David Bakhtiari, 82.3

Pass protection on another level

I’m not sure I’ve seen a modern NFL game with an offensive line as dominant in pass protection as the Packers’ on Sunday night. On 50 dropbacks, the Green Bay starting five allowed a grand total of seven pressures between them. And it’s not because Rodgers was back there working quick passes and screens; no, the Packers’ quarterback had the longest average time to throw of any QB in the league this week, at 3.28 seconds. That’s an eternity in the NFL, and the difference in offensive-line play was the difference in the game.

Top defensive grades:

OLB Kyler Fackrell 82.3

OLB Nick Perry 80.1

DE Mike Daniels 79.7

S Micah Hyde 77.7

DE Letroy Guion 76.3

Packers’ pass-rush gets to Manning, secondary slows down receivers

Green Bay had four different defenders with three or more pressures, led by Nick Perry and rookie Kyler Fackrell. After not living up to his first-round draft status his first four years, Perry is finally coming into his own this season. With six pressures on the night, he now had 22 in four games for the third-highest pass rushing productivity rating among 3-4 outside linebackers. Fackrell had a sack, a hit, hurry, and a forced fumbled on just 12 pass-rush snaps. In the secondary, even without Sam Shields and Damarious Randall, the Packers’ held Odell Beckham Jr. in check with five catches for 56 yards.

PFF Game-Ball Winner: Packers WR Randall Cobb

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  • GBPFan12

    The jittery nonsense is getting old at this point.
    Rodgers or the coaches have to point out how much better he is on timing passes, the scrambling stuff is fun here or there, but not all of the time.

    Dude has to get it together.

    • AC2

      What the hell do you have to complain about? Rodgers plays like that, throwing interceptions and off target, and he WINS. AND gets a decent PFF grade (lmao). Eli Manning has another crap show to deal with.

  • Rolo Tomassi

    Every game at Lambow field is the same.
    Either a bogus PI call or a missed holding call or both give the Packers a 7 or 14 point lead in the 1st quarter.
    I’d bet the Packers have the most 1st quarter points of any team in the league

    • Nelson Cobb

      Haha, you’re hilarious. No surprise, check your comments and almost every one is about the Packers and Rodgers. You’re probably a closet Rodgers lover, with a shrine built to him in your moms basement. I can see it now, pictures of Rodgers and Olivia Munn with your face pasted over Munn face. Haha. Get a life dude!!

  • AC2

    HAHAHAHAHA! PFF rated this Oline top third in the league? Are they nuts. Eli Manning graded badly. Oh gee, what a bummer. Reese goes into the season with those tackles and tight end and now they can’t get themselves out of cover 2. LOL.

  • Mike J.

    I was watching & wondering if the Bucs would like to have Bobby Rainey back. Jason Licht is starting to look like the second coming of Mark Dominik as a GM & judge of talent.

  • Paul

    Ereck Flowers? Great pick Reese. Another great pick. Everyone shook their heads when they made that Flowers pick, except Jerry Reese. This kid is the franchise LT? He’s about to get benched. Getting called a coach killer. Uncoachable. Comes into every week, and Giants fans now KNOW Flowers will kill at least two drives. He shoved a beat reporter in the locker room. It’s the only time all night he used his hands.

    Eli was told by his coaches that with the first hint of pressure against the Vikings, throw it into the ground. Fans whined. PFF awarded the Oline good grades (high comedy here, folks). Who wouldn’t look good when the QB ground the ball after one second? But we see why now. That pocket was crowded. And when Eli did have a second or more, he was, naturally, hearing footsteps.

    And that throw to Tye? Nothing wrong with it. Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph, Jason Witten, Marcellus Bennett, how about Jake Ballard, Kevin Boss out of retirement? Any capable tight end catches that pass and skips into the end zone. But Reese thought, meh. We don’t need no upgrades at tackle and tight end. Yup.

    • Cliff Melton

      It’ll be interesting after this season to see how Reese justifies keeping his job again. Can’t judge talent, blew 200 plus million dollars fixed pretty much nothing, and hired numb nuts as a coach. After all the leeway he was given here we are 2-3 all alone at the bottom of the NFC East.

    • Brad Barber

      That ball was to the back shoulder of tye and slightly overthrew him. Wide open and he’s jumping?

  • Nelson Cobb

    I can’t stand Ted Thompsons smug ass, but it is a great thing he doesn’t listen to the fans at times, otherwise Nick Perry, who is our best defender this year, would be in a different uniform. It was a struggle for his 1st 4 years, but right now he’s looking like our future at OLB.

  • Brian B

    Ben Maca POO is probably the worst coach in the league , it’s year one n he is so overmatched it’s insane. !! Thanx John Mara your dad must be proud how quickly you are destroying HIS franchise sell the team now n take the worst GM with you he’s hasn’t done a thing except win with Ernie Accorsis players !

  • Bill

    Ray Handley is back Team has very few bright spots I agreed with everything OBJ was saying last week [not what he was doing on field] Every #1 & #2 pick has been weak [except for OBJ. Pugh and the rest of the offensive line could have been picked in 3rd round or later.If your a very good player we let you walk [ L. Joseph] Look at the players we drafted from Syracuse because TC went there with high draft picks. I could go on because I been a fan for 60 years or so. Nothing seems to change a few good years but mostly bad. PS They picked Ray Handley over Bill Belicheck

  • martineast

    The real question is why can’t Aaron throw a 5 yard swing pass anymore? It’s like watching Knoblouch try to throw to first. I like to see his rating on those throws.

    • Nelson Cobb

      Yeah, it’s crazy. He is missing a lot of easy throws. He’s still making a lot of tough throws of an elite QB, but he’s missing stuff he should make with his eyes closed. It’s ridiculous.