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New York Giants-Green Bay Packers Week 11 Game Flexed Out of NBC’s Sunday Night Football

November 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Douglas Rush

For the second year in a row, the game at MetLife Stadium between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers was supposed to be played on NBC's Sunday Night Football during Week 11, which is November 17.

On Friday, the league decided to switch what game would be broadcasted on NBC that night as the Giants-Packers game was moved out of that time slot and instead, the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs will be shown instead. The game between the Giants and Packers will instead be played at 4:25 p.m. on that Sunday afternoon.

Dan Graziano of ESPN New York mentioned that the game between the Broncos and Chiefs was originally protected by CBS from being switched to NBC in the flex scheduling that the league does, but the league requested that NBC take the Broncos and Chiefs that night, although no word on what CBS got as compensation for allowing the game to be removed from their broadcast. FOX will get the game between the Giants and Packers since it's two NFC teams.

The Giants have another Sunday Night Football game scheduled later on in the year for Week 13 against the Washington Redskins and coincidentally enough, the Broncos and Chiefs are again playing on that day too, so it's quite possible that the Giants and Redskins could get their game moved from prime time into an earlier time slot so Denver and Kansas City gets the national spot light for a second time.

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2 Responses to “New York Giants-Green Bay Packers Week 11 Game Flexed Out of NBC’s Sunday Night Football”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    James Stoll says:
    November 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM
    So, let’s take a look at the second half of the season. I was reading a Wall Street Journal article that was suggesting the Giants should intentionally tank the second half, losing every game if possible, because computer modeling demonstrates that they have a .5% chance of making the playoffs. They coupled that statistical assessment with a few examples of perennial playoff team’s who finally tank big time one season, using the enhanced draft position to re-load, and then return to perennial contention (2011 Colts, 2003 Steelers, 2005 Packers). Ironically, as if to undo their own article they then gave the example of the 1964 Giants who ended a 9 year playoff run with a 2-14 season, drafted Tucker Frederickson No. 1 and proceeds to miss the playoffs for the next 18 years. In any event, the first part of their thesis is not wrong: at 2-6 it is a long long shot for the Giants to make the playoffs; even longer still to go anywhere once there; and to win it all, well, whose calculator has that many places to the right of the decimal point on it’s display?
    But if the Giants are going to have a shot how do they do it?

    First and foremost this team has to become what no Giant team has been in a long long time – a defense first team. We all know the travails of the offense and especially the offensive line. We know that points are at a premium this season. And we know we get absolutely no boost from special teams. Thus, the formula has to be keep it close into the 4th; provide the offense with opportunity after opportunity until they can put something on the board; and, maybe score a little themselves.
    Can they do it? It sounds like an impossibly tall order given the play over the first 5 1/2 games and the fact that the unit is coached by Perry Fewel – a D Coordinator who has produced some of the worst Giants defenses over the last decade, units rivaling Bill Sheridan’s injury riddled abomination of 2009. Still, the Giants have now gone 10 straight quarters without surrounding a TD. And although the last 2 games were against bad team’s sporting horrific QB play, those 10 quarters are at least an extension of a season long example of a team that can stop the run. The DT play has simply been the brightest spot on the team all season; the unit has stayed mostly healthy; they sport young blood (with LJ, Hankins, and possibly Kuhn) coupled with capable, savvy, veteran leadership (Rodgers, Jenkins, Patterson). That position is stocked and should be stout for the second half meaning most team’s will be largely one dimensional.
    The addition of Jon Beason at MLB has been a revelation. His arrival coincides with the 10 quarters of no-TD football? Coincidence? Not entirely. He brings instinct, athletic ability and desire to the unit. His play elevates the play of others (most notably Paysinger and Williams). Suddenly the Giants are not the perennial victim of the screen and flair pass that historically has undone this team when the run-stuffing has otherwise been strong and the pass rush working. The LB unit now has the capacity to assist the DE’s in developing an effective pass rush because they can take away much of the easy dump off stuff, especially the YAC that so often kills this defense.
    The secondary has not only played mostly well, but has gotten stronger during the 2d quarter of the season. The return of Will Hill after the week 4 loss to Philly has slowly made Safety the strength of the unit. With Antrel Rolle having an outstanding first half, and Ryan Mundy moved to the third safety role he is meant to play, this unit can stop the run, cover over the top, and bring occasional pressure. Add to that the surprising play from the CBs. It started out rough with CWeb getting hurt, Hosely being less than ready before he too getting hurt, and the need to rely on McBride to man that spot. But with Prince good enough on the opposite side to dissuade teams from looking his way, the possibility of helping McBride became manageable. Off course, that would only be possible if there was a solid nickel corner able to handle that third receiver. And here we get the biggest feel good story of the year — TT. The pre-season started with the obvious questions: could he make the team? would he make the team? Everyone knew what TT could be after his performances during the 2009 and 2010 (the year he was the best defensive player on the team), but those consecutive ACL’s (on top of the one suffered in college) to the same knee, left the world reasonably believing that he was but another “what if he never got injured” athlete story. But the Giants hung with him (almost irrationally) much the way they hung with Ritchie Seubert after that horrific leg shattering injury Ritchie suffered against the Eagles in 2003, and right now TT looks to be on the brink of rewarding the Giants faith and patience the way Ritchie did (Ritchie sat out all of 2004; was the jumbo TE only in 2005 and 2006, but between 2007 and 2010 was consistently the best overall lineman on the team). Heading into the bye, TT put on a clinic that was every bit 2010. 10 tackles, a sack, a deflected pass.
    The missing link is now just that, a single link. And it is the pass rush. JPP, Tuck, Kiwi and Moore have produced 6 1/2 of the team’s 10 sacks through 8 weeks. Without better production, the defense can still play well, but it is hard for it to be great. Without the sack production, it is hard to completely unnerve a QB. Without the sacks, turnovers generated by the panic pressure brings are greatly reduced. They need sacks. Is there hope? Well, over the past 2 games they have registered 26 hits on the QB, if only 5 sacks. But 26 hits is nothing to sneeze at and it is hopefully indicative of the unit getting better. Nunn has praised Tuck’s play over the first half, noting that his 30 tackles are the most he’s generated over a comparable period since 2010 (the last year he registered double digit sacks with 10 1/2). And Tuck has looked a little like the old guy we loved against the run all year. And over these last two games, he has 5 of the 26 hits on the QB. Kiwi actually leads the DEs in sacks with 2 1/2, and even if that is damning with faint praise, he too seems to be getting stronger. The problem is JPP. Supposedly the most talented defensive player and the lone guy who truly can take over a game at any time, he instead has been bad. Not just underwhelming when compared to expectations, but flat out bad. We all know the reason: back surgery in the spring, a rushed re-entry; but bad is bad and bad from the guy who is suppose to be great is a killer. (The old-timers will remember Bill Parcell’s inaugural 2003 season when in week 2 Harry Carson was lost for the season, Bill moved LT to Mike and tuen the D into a 4-3 and in the matter of minutes lost two of the most dynamic players he had en route to a 3-12-1 finish). Can JPP get better this year? That’s the most unlikely “yes” of all. He needs to heal and healing requires rest. The obvious solution would be to insert Moore who appears to have the skill set to be an effective pass rusher. But Nunn has been critical of the kid’s limited opportunities, saying that he has simply not taken advantage when allowed to play. Although vowing to get him more opportunities in the second half (where he will hopefully be healthier) Moore apparently needs to strike oil quickly to prove he deserves to be on the field.
    But when you step back and survey the defensive unit at the mid-point, you find yourself thinking: “huh, they could be pretty darn good from here on out”. And they need to be.
    We get Oakland out of the bye and that presents MacFadden and Pryor as two distinct and unique running threats. The defense is well poised to shut down MacFadden, but Pryor presents an age-old problem. We have been burned by far inferior running QBs all season — Alex Smith anyone? This game will be on Beason and Hill to track this guy and prevent him from beating us with his legs.
    Assuming we get by Oakland with a W, then the first QB challenge since Peyton presents itself. How will they stack up against Rogers. As mentioned above, the secondary is vastly improved since Week 2 when Peyton carved them up; vastly improved since weeks 3,4,5 and 6, when lesser lights had their way. Will it be good enough? That will be the critical test. If the bell is answered, the Giants will be poised to take control of their season.

    Of course the defense will not be able to do it alone. No matter how good they may play in the second half, they won’t be the 2000 Ravens, or even the 2011 Niners. The offense has to do more. The obvious place to start is with the running game. And believe it or not there is actually a ray of sunshine there. Andre Brown returns for Oakland, and despite the hype and hope surrounding David Wilson when the season started, Brown was always the best all around back on this team. He runs with power, he has a burst, and most importantly he has vision. He is the one back on this team who can make the o-line appear to be more than it is. And he will be complimented by Hillis and Jacobs, roles that their age and rust dictate they fill. If Brown does for the running game what logic tells us he can, that will go a long way to giving Eli better opportunities to keep moving the sticks with safe passing plays. Eli and Gilbride will forever have to control their inherent desire to go all bomb’s away on us, but they are chastened right now by the first 5 weeks, they know that can’t give a single game away, and so absent falling behind late, I expect them to continue with a safer passing game if the circumstances permit.
    Obviously, it would be a boon if the o-line and TEs could significantly elevate their play, but there is no evidence that that will happen in any appreciable way this season — there just isn’t the talent. That said, there is more pressure than ever on the WRs to perform up to their maximal abilities. They need to get open more consistently and they need to catch more drop less.
    All in all this offense looks to be a 17 to 21 point per game unit here on out. Hard to win with that type of production unless you have a lights out defense and a contributive special teams. We talked about the hope for the former, let’s look at the fear that it the latter.
    4 TDs surrendered in 8 games. There really isn’t anything else to say. They have been awful on punt retruns, they have shown vulnerability on kick returns, they have botched the long snap, they have punted erratically and mostly terribly, and the FG kicking has been an adventure, a scary bad adventure. Of course there is nothing from the punt return or kickoff units. From here on out, the best we can hope for is that the STs don’t hurt us. They need to play conservatively. Punt the ball out of bounds. If you are not always kicking off through the end zone, pooch and concede the 35. Etc.

    So there is a .5% chance of succeeding. We will take it one game at a time. 3 weeks from now we could be in control of our fate. We at least have one more meaningful game ahead of us. At least we can say this: if they were to do it. If they were to turn that .5% into 100% every time, what a comeback it would be, what a story they would tell.


    •  Dirt says:

      I read this whole thing and agree with most. I would say you’re probably harder on the FG unit than necessary – Brown is at something like 87% on the season, right where we’ve been for a long time. (Except for that one year when Tynes was hurt and Carney made the Pro Bowl)

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