Giants much improved since first meeting, but so are the Packers
Originally Published: January 17, 2008By Keith Kidd | Scouts Inc.
After breaking down the game tape of the Week 2 matchup between the Giants and Packers, here's a list of things to watch for in Sunday's NFC Championship game.
• In the first meeting between these teams,, New York's defense was awful. Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's new scheme, which relies on multiple pressures, was a work in progress. But now the Giants are better able to line up and attack weaknesses in Green Bay's protection schemes. Players understand the system and Spagnuolo has a better feel for his personnel. Giants defenders are put in more favorable situations, and they're reacting instead of thinking. Expect Spagnuolo to feature some multiple-zone fires that attack the interior offensive line, allowing either RDE Osi Umenyiora or LDE Michael Strahan one-on-one blocking situations on the edge.
Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesOsi Umenyiora and the Giants know how to pressure the passer.