The Giants played last week's game against the Vikings without CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple and safeties Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson. This week, DRC (groin) and Apple (hamstring) are not quite 100 percent and Berhe (concussion) and Thompson (foot) are still not practicing.
"DRC got a little work and Eli (Apple) is working off to the side right now, but we are hopeful that we can get one and a half, three quarters, yeah, we need them back. We miss them," defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said Thursday.
Against the Vikings, the Giants were exposed for completions of 40 and 30 yards, both by Charles Johnson against backup corner Trevin Wade.
"Look, I thought that [Wade] battled his butt off. I told him after the game, 'just keep fighting.' All that we can ask from him is to play his best football and fight and that is what he did," Spagnuolo said. "There were a couple plays there where they got him, he feels bad about it, but it is a team game and we play it as a team, so we will keep at it."
Safety Landon Collins and CB Janoris Jenkins both played 100 percent of the team's defensive snaps, but if they have to go with Wade at corner and rookie Andrew Adams again at safety, they could be in for a long night against this week's opponent, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
With the Giants last in the league in sacks and interceptions, they will be challenged by one of the game's best players and his talented group of receivers. Rodgers with extra time to throw, especially at home, could spell big trouble for the Giants.
"He can extend the down and look, he is not going to change," Spagnuolo said of Rodgers. "He is a great football player; he is a Hall of Famer. We need to affect the other 10. That is what we are talking about. If we can do that, then we can have some success, but if you let all those guys do what they are capable of doing then Aaron is going to find them and it is going to be a long day."
The Giants have not played the Packers since Nov 17, 2013 (a 27-13 Giants win) and have not been to Lambeau Field since 2010. A lot has changed since then, such as the location of Giants' head coach Ben McAdoo, who was on the Packers sidelines for those contests.
Rodgers is off to a slow start by his standards. Through three games, he has seven TDs with only one INT, but is only averaging a 29th ranked 205 passing yards per game. Rodgers' passer rating is currently 98.6, which is slightly below his career average of 104.
That means very little coming into this game. The Giants, with minimal pressure and a shortage in the secondary, seem ripe for picking this Sunday in front of a national TV audience.
Rodgers has his top target, WR Jordy Nelson, back after missing last season with a knee injury. Nelson has picked up right where he left off with 17 catches for 206 yards and four TDs. He is joined by WRs Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Cobb is a jack-of-all-trades type who can line up in multiple spots and rush and receive the football. Adams averages 12.4 YPC and has two TDs.
Those numbers may not seem impressive but the potential to break out is there, especially with all the moons lining up in their favor.
"Yeah, let's hope it doesn't happen," Spagnuolo said. "But, there's bits and pieces in there. You can say what you want, but I can see plays in there and throws and guys getting open and how nifty and say that's a good football team with a lot of talent. I'm sure they feel the same way because they are."