OK, folks, let's get underway after a few technical glitches that were my fault ... PM: Not at all. When Jared Cook was on the field this summer, he thoroughly impressed. Now, after recovering from another injury, he is taking advantage of coverage spread thin by other capable receivers. The major surprise has been the reliability of his hands. He dropped way too many passes in Tenn and STL. No matter who the QB has been (Rodgers, Hundley, Callahan), he has precious few drops here since August.
Don: You're dead right, I never even saw the last 5 minutes trying to meet a tight deadline. He ran Kerridge for no gain, as you discussed, and Spriggs suffered some kind of lower leg injury. Then came two kneeldowns. A run takes a few more seconds than a kneeldown. As for the punt, it was one of the worst ever by a Packer in years. Thanks for the thoughts.
Evan: Tom Coughlin replaced Lew Carpenter as receivers coach in 1986-'87. He also had the title of passing-game coordinator, as I recall. Coughlin was a go-getter, as you can imagine. He was tough on his players, and that included James Lofton. When Forrest Gregg bolted for SMU, I ran into Coughlin at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. He was looking for a job, and he got one with Bill Parcells in NY. I distinctly remember Coughlin asking me, a relative neophyte in the beat business, if I thought he was a good coach. He was persistent about it, too. He was selling himself to me just as he would to prospective employers. It was surreal, to say the least. I bumped into him a few times over the years and he was always, shall we say, intense.
Mike: At 4-6, 37.5% of the season remained. That's an eternity, and more fans should have realized that. Of course, they could go 6-0 over the last six games. This team should have been playing far better than it was all season. The Giants' confidence looks real to me. Manning has done it here twice in the cold, and they've lost just two of their last 11 games. Remember, when the Giants played here Oct. 9, they were coming off a Monday night road game at Minnesota (24-10 loss, their worst of the season) and the Packers were coming off a bye. That's six days of rest vs. 14 days of rest. Ben McAdoo will be pushing that discrepancy all week in his team addresses.
Rudy: This is Wednesday morning so I don't have a clue. Let's assume Quinten Rollins (neck) is withheld, Damarious Randall (knee) plays and Makinton Dorleant (knee) is out. That leaves Randall at LC, LaDarius Gunter at RC and Micah Hyde in the slot, the same way the Packers started the Det game. Remember, Randall (groin) didn't play at in the first NYG game. It was Rollins, Gunter and Hyde. The Packers were ranked 20th by Man-Games Lost in terms of impact from injury. Minnesota and Chicago ranked first and second, if I recall the numbers. It's all just part of the game.
Love: The Packers have lost Ron Wolf (retirement), Mark Hatley (death), Ted Thompson (Sea), Scot McCloughan (Sea), Will Lewis (Sea), Lenny McGill (Den), John Schneider (Sea), Reggie McKenzie (Oak), Shaun Herock (Oak), John Dorsey (KC) and others from their personnel department over the last two decades. Yet, they continue to win, and they'll probably continue to win next year and the year after and the year after.
EL: You get in shape and stay in shape, deal.
Ken: If Janoris Jenkins plays with a bad back, and plays well, the Giants' secondary rates a razor-thin edge on the Seahawks' secondary minus Earl Thomas.
Bruce: Certainly could be. Eli Manning is a turnover waiting to happen. He has killed the Giants time after time. But Dom Capers must find a way to get people in his space. Not in his face, in his space. At 36, he has no interest in standing tall, delivering and taking a shot. If you just can get near him, the ball's liable to be thrown anywhere. Then picks happen. Capers didn't have to blitz much in the first meeting because his front shut down the Giants' amateurish rushing attack. Rookie Paul Perkins (21-102) was no amateur against the Redskins. If Perkins has reasonable production, the Packers' defense will have to fight a two-front battle, meaning takeaways would be harder to come by.
Jeffrey: The regular season is over. The Packers finished 10-6, three games beneath where I wrote they would finish. The postseason awaits. I picked the Packers to lose in the Super Bowl. Everyone can evaluate the coach and the team after the season is over.
Mr. Daddy: Jeff Janis would have no chance playing cornerback. He's a straight-line speed guy with modest flexibility, change of direction and quick twitch. Cornerbacks need more overall athleticism. Janis might have a chance at safety with his body type/Well, I see my time has expired. Thanks to you all for reading us and participating today.//BOB McGINN