Final Word: NFC East

November, 23, 2012
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Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 12:

A Giant drought: The New York Giants have scored exactly one offensive touchdown in each of their past three games. According to ESPN Stats & Information, this is the first time they've played three straight games without at least two offensive touchdowns since they went four straight in 2004, Tom Coughlin's first year as their coach. Giants quarterback Eli Manning has not thrown a touchdown pass in any of those three games, and that's his longest such streak since his rookie season, which also was 2004. Manning's last touchdown pass was his 77-yard game-winner to Victor Cruz against the Redskins in Week 7.

[+] EnlargeEli Manning and Tom Coughlin
AP Photo/Evan PinkusEli Manning and Tom Coughlin are searching for a formula to beat the Packers at home.
Home cooked: The Giants beat the Green Bay Packers, Sunday night's opponent, in Green Bay in an NFC divisional playoff game in January. They lost to the Packers at MetLife Stadium during the 2011 regular season. The Giants have lost four straight home games to the Packers. The last time they beat Green Bay in New Jersey was Week 10 of the 1992 season -- Brett Favre's sixth career start as Packers quarterback. The Giants are 3-2 at home this season after going 4-4 at home in the 2011 regular season.

Stop the Packers' run game? Odd to even think it's a consideration, but Green Bay is trying to commit to the run more this season. James Starks got 25 carries last week, the most for a Packers running back since 2009. And the Giants haven't been great at stopping the run, especially at home. ESPN Stats & Info tells us that the Giants have allowed at least 150 rushing yards in back-to-back home games for the first time since 2006, and that 99 of the Steelers' 158 rushing yards in Week 9 came after first contact. If the Packers do run the ball Sunday, the Giants will have to tackle better.

Pass-rusher's delight: The "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers features the teams with the two worst records in the NFC and two of the worst pass-protection teams in the NFL so far this season. Eagles quarterbacks have been sacked or under duress on a league-high 30.7 percent of their drop-backs so far this season, according to Stats & Info's Next Level stats. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been sacked or under duress on 27.1 percent of his drop-backs, the third-highest figure in the league. The league average is 21.2 percent.

Containing Cam: The Panthers' leading rusher this year is Newton with 394 yards. The last quarterback to lead his team in rushing yards in a season was the Eagles' Donovan McNabb, with 632 yards in 2000.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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