Giants at Packers Wild Card Preview

0
892
Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) rushes with the football around New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Two of the league’s most historic teams meet on Sunday in a playoff match that has some history to it. Both times the Giants have won the Super Bowl in the Manning era, they did it by getting through the Green Bay Packers and it’s something the Packers haven’t forgotten.

The good news for the Packers is that this Giants offense isn’t like that Giants offense of yesteryear. Back then the Giants could run the ball far more effectively and rookie Paul Perkins just hasn’t show that explosiveness that the Giants need out of their running backs. Combine that with the ineffectiveness Eli has shown quarterbacking and this looks like a very winnable game for the Packers.

At least it does on paper.

What’s interesting is that both of the Super Bowl winning Giants teams have won the playoffs starting in the Wild Card, and as everyone knows it’s all about how you finish. Would anyone be surprised if the Giants played a complete game of football and beat the Packers at home?


AROUND COVER32

Power Rankings: Playoff addition

QB Rankings:: Who’s riding highest into the playoffs?

Preview:: Who has the best shot at a Lombardi Trophy


Logically though, the Packers are the favorites. Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael have actually formed a bit of an interesting backfield duo and Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson are looking as good as they ever have. This Packers receiving core is one of the deepest units in the league, with Geronimo Allison and DaVante Adams playing as well as they have the Packers look like they have the weapons to get around this Giants defense.  Randall Cobb is also expected to play in this game.

Prediction

The Giants have one of the NFC’s best defenses, but going up against these surging Packers in Lambeau the Packers have to be the clear favorites.

New York Giants: 17

Green Bay Packers: 20

Even though the Packers defense isn’t all that great, the Giants have one of the weakest offenses in the league. They can probably put up just under 20 points on the Packers, and the Packers offense should easily be able to outscore them.

Previous articleJared Goff making news in the offseason, plus Rams notes
Next articleReport: Two key Bears assistant coaches leaving