Make no mistake, the New York Giants' defensive line remains one of the most talented units in the NFL with enough depth to give any opposing offense fits.
Coming off back-to-back losses before their bye week, however, the Giants and their defense have a number of questions to answer entering this Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
In New York's 31-13 loss to Cincinnati two weeks ago, the defensive line didn't register a sack against the Bengals' offense line that still ranks in the latter half of the league in sacks allowed.
As we wrote in our Friday main story, the Giants’ eight-man rotation has shown some weakness this year, but still runs as deep as any in the league and should serve as another stiff test for a remodeled Packers offensive line still gaining its footing after the loss of starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga.
“I think any time you play them, they’re dangerous,” Packers left guard Evan Dietrich-Smith said. “They present a lot of challenges for any team, but fundamentally you have to stay sound. You have to work your game and make sure you don’t get overextended or do too many things.”
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*In our Packers' notebook, Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty looks at the rapid recovery of wide receiver Greg Jennings, who's returning to a near full-time practice regimen more quickly than anticipated.
However, the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver appears to be on a schedule that could keep him on the sidelines for at least one more game.
“It’s really going to be a medical, conditioning (decision), those types — we’ll have to talk it through,” McCarthy said of the chances Jennings can play Sunday against the New York Giants. “The biggest thing was to get him on course to make progress, and right now he’s taken every step. That’s very encouraging.”
Dougherty's notebook also looks at left tackle Marshall Newhouse matching up against Jason Pierre-Paul, kicker Mason Crosby's struggles and the Packers' current injury situation. You can read it here: http://tinyurl.com/atqwsvy
*The newest episode of our weekly Insiders' video series takes a look at Crosby's recent kicking woes (http://tinyurl.com/azxgte6).