Bill Barnwell on GB-NYG: Boley Fabulous, Ballard Flopped...
From Grantland's Bill Barnwell:
New York Giants 37, Green Bay Packers 20
Fabulous: Michael Boley. As the only Giants linebacker with
much in the way of speed, Boley often spends his time as the coverage
guy by default. With a total of three sacks during his three seasons
with the Giants, you would have been forgiven if you didn't expect to
see him making big plays in the backfield on Sunday. Instead, Boley
delivered the game of his life. He sacked Aaron Rodgers twice, picking
up a third-down sack that forced a punt and set up the Hail Mary drive,
and then adding to it with a sack on fourth-and-5 early in the fourth
quarter. With the Packers inside Giants territory while down by just
seven, they might even have been favorites to win the game at that
moment. Instead, after Boley's sack, they didn't touch the ball again
with a chance to tie the game on one play. Boley also broke up a pass
and had three tackles for loss.
Flop: Jake Ballard. With arguably the best one-through-three
group of wide receivers in the league alongside him, Ballard needs to be
able to beat single coverage and make safeties respect him. If he can
do that, big plays should open up beyond his routes for Hakeem Nicks and
Victor Cruz. Instead, the same guy who caught 15 of the first 17 passes
Eli Manning threw to him this year went just 1-for-8 on passes thrown
in his direction on Sunday.