This game looked like it would be a walk in the park for Green Bay a few weeks back when the Giants were 0-6 and the Packers were 5-1 while displaying their usual high-powered offense. First, the Packers lost Wide receiver Randall Cobb until at least the end of the season as well as fellow receiver James Jones for several weeks. Then they lost star Tight End Jermichael Finley to a dangerous neck injury for at least the remainder of the season and possibly longer. Then to top it off, all pro quarterback Aaron Rogers was lost for approximately a month. The loss of all the skill position players would be possible to overcome, however the loss of Rogers looks like it may be the deathblow to the team. They are now 5-4 and reeling into the seasons final 7 games. For the first 6 weeks the Giants looked like a rebuilding team as opposed to a team that has won 2 of the last 4 Superbowls. Now while they have been far from dominant in their three game winning streak, however they have apparently found their stride on defense after not allowing an offensive touchdown for 2 weeks and then holding strong down the stretch against the Raiders last week. The offense has been performing well below the standards established during the Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning era. So one team heads into this game trying to find a way to win a game without most of its stars, including their most important while the other is trying to continue an improbable run that could leave them one game out of first place on Sunday Night.
The Packers will play recently signed Scott Tolzien after he replaced the injured Seneca Wallace against the Eagles last week. He played very well (24-39 for 280 yards and a touchdown) especially considering he wasn’t on the team even a week before. The team will likely rely heavily on rookie tailback Eddie Lacy who had 73 yards on 23 carries last week. It going to be very tough for Lacy because other teams now know that they can load up the box with defenders without Rogers at the helm. It will be up to the defense to hold the Giants down and give their anemic offense a chance to win.
The Giants have been bolstered in the running game by the return of running back Andre Brown who was amazing in his return last week from a pre season leg injury. He had 115 yards on 30 carries and looked like everything the team needed. With David Wilson out for the season, Brandon Jacobs injured, and the combination of Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox ineffective, Brown was a necessary boost to any real chance at a playoff run. The Giants have been know for collapsing in the 2nd half of recent seasons. Perhaps this season they will do the opposite and go on their run in the second half
Pick: Giants -4.5
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