Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/11/14

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03: (R-L) Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 and Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers walk through the tunnel before taking on the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 33-7. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers got beat fair and square Sunday night against the New York Giants.  The Giants were just the better team in every aspect and they really brought to light some of the areas the Packers are lacking because of injuries to star players. The first thing is obviously the offensive line.  Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times Sunday night and was constantly getting chased from the pocket.  Injuries have made it very difficult on the offensive linemen but you can’t blame everything on injuries.  The Packers will have to make do with the players they have healthy and try to come up with ways to keep Rodgers upright and in the pocket. A boost in offensive line play could also bring an increase in the running game production.  Cedric Benson’s return will also help, but it wasn’t like he was the best solution either.  The Packers won’t give up on establishing a running game, so they need to at least improve it.  They can’t just keep running the ball for three yards on first and second down and then rely on a pass completion on third down. The return of Greg Jennings should also help Rodgers.  Jennings is a very difficult receiver to cover and should give a lot of help to the other receivers, especially Jordy Nelson, who seems to do the best when he is a number two receiver. Green Bay’s defense greatly misses Clay Matthews.  Without Matthews, the run defense is not nearly as effective, as shown on Sunday as the Giants averaged 4.7 yards per rush.  Where the Packers feel Matthews’ loss the most is in the pass rush. The Packers only sacked Eli Manning once during the game and really had no pressure on him besides that one sack.  If you give a good quarterback a chance to just sit back in the pocket he will destroy you, heck if you give any quarterback that much time he will destroy you. It really is difficult to judge how good the Packers could be because of all their injuries.  It appears that Greg Jennings will be back soon and that Cedric Benson’s return is also nearing but that won’t solve all their problems.  But while the injuries are greatly hurting the Packers now, it should prove to be a positive next couple of weeks as the team would seemingly improve when all the injured players come back. The Packers are still in the thick of the playoff chase and will most likely land a spot in the playoffs.  But there should be cause for concern because the Packers are currently 2-4 against teams with a winning record.  Everybody knows that the playoffs can be won by the team that is the hottest so the Packers should shoot for getting hot right before the playoffs and hopefully that means some of the injured players are back and playing. They should also try and avoid the Giants in the playoffs at all costs.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Wizards apologize for odd Black History Month tribute

Report: McCoy may want more money from Bills

Andre Johnson laughed upon hearing he wouldn't start

Brad Stevens: LeBron 'looks like the MVP to me'

Le'Veon Bell tees off on Mel Kiper Jr. over Twitter

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eagles ship LeSean McCoy to Bills for Kiko Alonso

Murray would reportedly give Cowboys hometown discount

Report: Giants ‘considering a run’ at Ndamukong Suh

Darnell Dockett reportedly visiting 49ers on Tuesday

David West on Brian Shaw being fired: ‘That’s bulls–t'

Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

Matt Barnes blasts NBA over James Harden suspension

Joe Rogan: Ronda Rousey could beat half the men

Bills tell C.J. Spiller he won't be re-signed

Ohio State self-reported funny NCAA violation

Lupul, Phaneuf, Cuthbert threaten lawsuit against TSN

Report: Adrian Peterson has trade list of five preferred teams

Murphy disagrees with Billy Bean’s homosexual 'lifestyle'

Trent Cole has ‘no respect’ for Eagles after release from team

Ronda Rousey lands free ticket to Pacquiao-Mayweather bout

Report: Celtics to pursue Love, Monroe and Gasol this summer

Trying to solve the Alex Guerrero problem

Mets to host families of slain NYPD officers at spring training

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Stevens: LeBron looks like the MVP

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.