Giants coach Ben McAdoo has said he was not aware about Beckham’s allegations that he was being targeted by the officials.
That’s going to mean taking care of business at Lambeau Field, starting with the visiting 2-2 New York Giants.
The National Football League has turned it’s attention to Week 5 already.
So while the football world waits for Beckham to implode, the Giants’ game against the Packers on Sunday night at Lambeau Field might be the ideal setting for him to explode with a huge game. Hundreds more lined up outside the stadium, hoping to be of assistance and certainly part of the allure of Green Bay hosting an NFC Championship game. McAdoo wants Beckham to channel that frustration into production. “I think we did what we needed to do to be ready for Week 1”, Nelson said on Wednesday after practice.
The Giants (2-2) opened the season by winning their first two games and looking like a team that could win the NFC East. Penalties, turnovers and lack of emotional control from star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. sent the Giants in a different direction the next two games and they are tied with the Redskins at the bottom of the NFC East. While he has received the most targets from Manning this season (39), the Packers will also have to be aware of Sterling Shepard (20 catches on 29 targets for 263 yards and 2 TD) and Victor Cruz (16 catches on 24 targets for 245 yards and 1 TD).
There, someone in the Green Bay Packers’ locker room finally said it.
The Packers would be foolish to believe McAdoo. He said there have been few opportunities to test his injury. “The great thing about that, I’m not struggling because of the receivers”.
The Packers are led by Aaron Rodgers, who has shown he still has it. Rodgers knows how to put up points, and he will likely be attacking the Giants secondary this week. But they can’t get greedy.
“We’re focusing on the video, what each player’s strengths are”.
“You could see (it) really in training camp”, he said. What’s more, Green Bay could be without top cornerback Sam Shields for a third straight game because of a concussion. The production, though, hasn’t translated into points. The Giants’ defense, on the other hand, is No. 9 in rushing yards (84.0) and No. 3 in yards per carry (3.2). We need to rally the troops, so to speak. “We’ll be excited to get back”. The Lions logged 418 yards of total offense against the Packers, however Green Bay used a pair of sacks from Nick Perry and another from 2016 third round pick Kyler Fackrell along with a Damarious Randall interception of Detroit QB Matthew Stafford to secure the victory for the Pack. Those were legacy-building games for Manning on his way to two Super Bowl championships.
The Packers and Giants rivalry has an interesting history, with the teams competing since 1928. DE/LB Datone Jones (knee) was a full participant in practice. We ran out of time in a couple games.
However, Denver’s tough task will be trying to stop the risky combination of quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, who became the first teammates in league history to reach 500 passing yards and 300 receiving yards in a single game, respectively.
The Packers have had their own problems of late in pass coverage.