Pathetic, flat, uninspired and unemotional.
These are a just few words that could be used to describe the dud that the Green Bay Packers put up against the New York Giants on national television Sunday night. It was a game many fans had circled on the calendar since the schedule was released in spring. The Giants ended the Packers’ season in the playoffs last season and many a player and fan were eager to get some revenge on the Giants in their own house.
Instead, by a score of Giants 38, Packers 10, salt got added to the wound and boy does it burn.
Here’s who stood out and (more likely) stunk it up during the Packers’ fourth loss of the 2012 season.
WR Jordy Nelson
At times, it seemed Nelson was the only wide receiver that showed up to play. Yes, Randall Cobb made a couple plays out of the backfield but Nelson was really the only one that got anything going downfield.
By “anything going,” I really refer to only one play.
Nelson’s beautiful 61 yard touchdown that tied the game at 7 was really the Packers’ lone highlight of the night so in a sense, Nelson gets a game ball by default.
The good news is that the play Nelson made on the sideline was similar to the plays he made last season during his breakout season. Hopefully the Packers can get more plays like that from Nelson now that he is healthy again.
FB John Kuhn
Kuhn’s name has not been called much this season as he’s scored only one touchdown, but the Packers fullback made some plays against the Giants that helped provide the Packers an answer to Ahmad Bradshaw.
Kuhn caught three balls for 49 yards to go along with four carries for 17 yards. It was refreshing to see Kuhn get some work in the screen game. If the Packers continue to struggle running the ball, perhaps some screen passes to Kuhn will help alleviate the pain.
LB Dezman Moses
The pass rush was abysmal against the Giants, but Moses once again provided some hope in the absence of Clay Matthews.