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Notebook: Why House played ahead of Hayward vs. Giants

9:23 PM, Nov. 26, 2012
New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) tries to make a diving catch against Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House (31) during Sunday night's game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) tries to make a diving catch against Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House (31) during Sunday night's game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
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Two weeks ago against Detroit, the Green Bay Packers' defense ran nothing but its sub-package formations to help neutralize the pass-happy Lions.

Lining up on Sunday against a New York Giants team that rarely utilizes spread formations, however, the Packers switched back to their base 3-4 defense and tabbed second-year cornerback Davon House to work primarily against receiver Hakeem Nicks.

The decision to match the 6-foot-1 House on the 6-1 Nicks and stick to the 3-4 resulted in play-making rookie Casey Hayward seeing only 21 defensive snaps as the slot cornerback in Sunday's 38-10 loss ...

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