Here’s a look at a key matchup heading into the Week 16 game between the Packers and Giants at Lambeau Field.
Giants interior offensive line vs. Packers NT B.J. Raji
The Giants’ offensive line has held up amazingly well this season despite a rash of injuries, allowing more than two sacks in only one game. But it will definitely have its work cut out for it this Sunday matched up against Raji, who is coming off an impressive two-sack performance on a national stage that just might have catapulted him into the Pro Bowl picture.
Raji has been a pillar of strength in the middle of the line for Green Bay all season, displaying amazing stamina and strength that has made his injury-plagued rookie campaign a distant memory. With linemate Cullen Jenkins out of the lineup with a calf injury, Raji appears to have made a concerted effort to generate more of a pass rush up the middle. He clearly got the best of highly regarded Patriots OLG Logan Mankins last Sunday, and he looks even quicker and stronger with the all-important stretch drive kicking in. His hand placement also has improved, and the Giants’ interior line will be hard-pressed to slow him down.
C Shaun O’Hara, who is working his way back into the starting lineup after a prolonged absence because of a foot injury, did not look real good last week against the Eagles. But there was a reason he earned a Pro Bowl berth last year.
Chris Snee is a rock-solid fixture at right guard. Smart, ornery and consistent, he’s the Giants' most reliable run blocker. Rich Seubert, who played center while O’Hara was out, is a real battler at the other guard spot who goes all out all the time.