Since the Eagles are at home for this season’s NFL playoffs I have shifted my focus to this Sunday’s Divisional Round matchup between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.
I still cannot help think about what might have been the current scenario if the Giants would have lost to the Jets in Week 16 as it could have paved the way to an Eagles-Packers rematch instead. None the less, give New York credit, it did what it had to do to get to this point with three-straight victories including an impressive 24-2 drubbing of Atlanta in last Sunday’s Wildcard Round.
The Packers are currently 7.5-point home favorites to win, but the line actually opened at nine points. The betting public has obviously put the early money on the Giants and for good reason. Last week against the Falcons, Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw rushed the ball for a combined 155 yards and Eli Manning completed over 70 percent of his throws for 277 yards and three touchdowns. The defense harassed Matt Ryan all day long with just its front four, completely shut down Michael Turner in the running game, and made two crucial stops on fourth and short that changed the entire complexion of the game.
The G-Men are starting to look a lot like the team that made an improbable run to Super Bowl XLII and stunned the 18-0 Patriots 17-14 as heavy underdogs. It remains to be seen if this year’s version can pull-off the same feat, but one thing that is for sure is that Green Bay better bring its A-Game on Sunday. The Giants have thrived in situations such as this in the past and are more than capable of winning this game outright.
The following is a link to my complete preview and prediction for this game as originally posted on Cappers Picks
New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers