In this afternoon’s late game, the surging New York Giants travel to frigid Green Bay to take on the defending champion Packers.
New York’s furious late-season finish and dominance in the Wild Card Round against Atlanta is generating comparisons to the unlikely Super Bowl winner from a few year’s back. Meanwhile, Green Bay’s dominance over the last calendar year is being somewhat taken for granted, overshadowed by the Giants, Tebow Mania, Tom Brady’s ruthless record-setting, and the perfect football game.
Here is all the basic info you need to know, what MSF’s writers have said about the game this week, and a poll so you can take your pick.
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers Game Info
- Saints-49ers Date, Time, and TV: Sunday, January 15th at 4:30 ET on FOX
- Saints-49ers Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
- Saints-49ers Point Spread: Packers -9
- Saints-49ers Over-Under: 52.5
Chris’ Giants-Packers Prediction
Click to view Chris’ complete Packers-Giants preview, posted earlier this week.
If the Giants are going to have success this weekend, they are going to need to put pressure on Aaron Rodgers. They can’t just blitz the house, because Rodgers will prey on the single coverage in the secondary and light up the scoreboard. New York needs to rely on Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Chris Canty up front to not only apply pressure, but also keep Rodgers in the pocket so he can’t makes plays on the run.
On the other side of the ball, the Giants have to prevent turnovers at all costs. The Packers have a penchant for capitalizing on turnovers, but taking care of the ball on offense keeps the ball out of Rodgers’ hands. New York cannot waste possessions, as Green Bay can put up 40 on even the best defenses, and the Giants will need every possible chance to score.
- Giants-Packers Prediction: Packers 35 | Giants 30
Jerod’s Giants-Packers Spread Pick
My gut reaction to the spread is that it’s just too many points. Green Bay is excellent, and they will surely put up more than the two points Atlanta scored on New York – probably 15-20 times over – but I don’t think the Packers’ D has any answer for Eli and his three receivers, plus a now-healthy tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
The game they played earlier in the year went down to the wire. Even though the venue is different this time around, I see no reason to think this one won’t go down to the wire too.
- Giants-Packers free pick: Giants +9
Who do you think will win?
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