PACKERS BEAT GIANTS IN SUNDAY NIGHT CONTEST
– The Packers topped the Giants, 23-16, on Sunday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 3-1 on the season. Green Bay has won eight of its last nine Sunday night games played at home.
– The Packers allowed 43 yards rushing on 15 carries (2.9 avg.), bringing their four-game total to 171 rushing yards allowed on 86 attempts (1.99 avg.). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the second-fewest rushing yards allowed by a team through four games since the NFL began compiling individual stats in 1933, trailing only San Francisco’s mark of 157 yards allowed on 74 carries (2.12 avg.) in the first four games in 1995.
– Green Bay has won 11 consecutive home games during the month of October, the second-longest home winning streak in October in team history behind only a 16-game streak from 1928-32.
– The Packers improved to 9-2 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy in the game immediately following the bye. Green Bay has won 16 of its last 21 in the game right after the bye.
– Green Bay led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Packers have outscored their opponents, 179-19, in the first quarter in the last 17 regular-season games at Lambeau Field.
– The Packers posted season bests for total yards (406), rushing yards (147), first downs (23), sacks allowed (zero) and time of possession (36:38).
– Green Bay will stay at home next week to take on another NFC East foe when the Dallas Cowboys visit Lambeau Field for a 3:25 p.m. contest. Including playoffs, this marks the fourth straight season that the teams have met (2013-16).
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,401, the 320th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.
– QB Aaron Rodgers’ 2-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the first quarter was the 50th between the duo in the regular season, the second most in team history behind only QB Brett Favre and WR Antonio Freeman (57 TD passes).
– Nelson has had at least one TD reception in each of the first four games this season, becoming the first Packer to do so since WR Bill Schroeder in 2001. Nelson’s five TD catches in the first four games are tied for the fourth most in franchise history, trailing only Don Hutson (seven in 1942, six in 1945) and Bob Mann (six in 1951).
– RB Eddie Lacy’s 31-yard run in the second quarter was his longest rush of the season. Lacy’s 77 rushing yards in the first half were the second most in his career in a first half behind only his 84 yards at Tampa Bay on Dec. 21, 2014.
– WR Randall Cobb posted season highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (108), with six of the catches going for first downs. It was the 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career.
– LB Clay Matthews went over the 70-sack mark for his career, with his third-quarter sack of QB Eli Manning giving him 70.5 sacks as a pro. That is No. 2 in team history behind only DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74.5). Matthews has posted a sack in all three games he has played in this season.
– LB Nick Perry’s third-quarter sack gave him a team-high 4.5 for the season, a career best (previous high of four in 2013). Perry has registered a half-sack or more in four straight games, the longest streak of his career.
– DB Micah Hyde posted a 6-yard sack of WR Odell Beckham in the third quarter, giving Hyde a sack in all four of his seasons (2013-16). He is the only defensive back in team history (since 1982) to register a sack in each of his first four seasons in the NFL.
– LB Kyler Fackrell’s forced fumble in the second quarter on a sack of Manning was the first of his career. Fackrell has posted a sack in back-to-back games.
– DT Kenny Clark’s recovery of the fumble by Manning on Fackrell’s sack was the first of Clark’s career.
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GREEN BAY — The somewhat surprise scratch of CB Damarious Randall (groin) from the Packers’ lineup will elevate everyone else who can play cornerback for Green Bay.
The Packers are without their top two corners now in Sam Shields (concussion) and Randall, so second-year pros Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter will be the starters. Yet to be determined is whether Micah Hyde or undrafted rookie Josh Hawkins will get the call as the nickel, with the other one coming in for the dime package.
The nickel will most likely be Hyde based on experience, but Hawkins could still get a fair number of snaps because the Packers play their dime defense plenty. Another option in the dime would be to bring in an extra safety rather than a corner, but that might make it tough to match up if the Giants line up with four wide receivers.
Hawkins will be looking to atone for a significant blunder in the Packers’ last game, vs. Detroit before the bye week. With Randall out of the game briefly due to illness, Hawkins was the first line of defense on a 73-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones Jr. that never should have been such a big play. It appeared Hawkins had a chance to shove Jones out of bounds after a roughly 20-yard reception, but he failed to do so, and then fellow undrafted rookie Kentrell Brice, playing safety, was late getting over to help and Jones went all the way.
Those are the kinds of mistakes by young players the Packers can’t afford, especially against a veteran QB like Eli Manning and a deep receiving corps that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and Sterling Shepard.
Around the NFC North: Regardless of tonight’s result, the Packers will remain in second place in the division, but to be determined is whether they’re one game or two behind the Vikings in the loss column.
Minnesota improved to 5-0 with a victory over Houston earlier Sunday. Detroit improved to 2-3 by handing Philadelphia (3-1) its first loss of the season, and Chicago fell to 1-4 with a loss at Indianapolis. The Vikings are now the lone unbeaten team in the entire NFL after the Broncos fell to the Falcons late this afternoon.
Weather update: It should be a nice fall evening for football at Lambeau Field. Temperatures are expected to be around 50 degrees at kickoff and falling into the high 40s as the game goes on. Skies are expected to be clear with minimal chance of rain and light winds.
Been a long time: Home cooking has been good to the Packers in October. The last time Green Bay lost at home in the month of October was way back in 2010, an overtime defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins.
This mark’s the Giants’ first trip to Lambeau Field since the 2011 NFC Divisional playoff, when New York scored an upset victory over a 15-1 Green Bay team. The last two Packers-Giants games, in 2012 and 2013 respectively, took place in New Jersey.
The last time the Giants visited Lambeau Field in the regular season was Week 16 of 2010, a Green Bay victory that launched the Packers’ run to the Super Bowl XLV title. That’s the only truly poor game Manning has played in his career vs. Green Bay. For more on that history, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”
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The following players will not play in Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants:
Green Bay Packers
6 QB Joe Callahan
23 CB Damarious Randall
37 CB Sam Shields
68 T Kyle Murphy
89 TE Jared Cook
96 DT Brian Price
99 DT Christian Ringo
Starting lineup changes: #24 Quinten Rollins will start at cornerback for Randall. #36 LaDarius Gunter will start at cornerback for Shields. #82 Richard Rodgers will start at tight end for Cook.
New York Giants
8 QB Josh Johnson
23 RB Rashad Jennings
27 S Darian Thompson
29 S Nat Berhe
73 T Marshall Newhouse
84 TE Larry Donnell
99 DT Robert Thomas
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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (defense) and WR Jeff Janis (special teams).
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