Packers vs. Giants Preview

The Green Bay Packers visit the New York Giants in a battle of the last 2 Super Bowl champions at MetLife Stadium. The game will be at 8:20 pm and will be broadcast on NBC as part of Sunday Night Football.

Why you should watch: This is a matchup between the Super Bowl champs from 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. The Packers have won the last 4 games in New Jersey in the regular season, but the Giants have won the last two playoff meetings at Lambeau. This game is always entertaining and usually features a lot of scoring and not a whole lot of defense. Each team needs a win to stay hot, with the Giants looking to bounce back from their two game losing streak, and the Packers looking to win their sixth straight.

What to watch for: How well the Packers can contain Eli Manning. Despite his recent struggles, and his historical drop-off in production from September to December, Manning always seems to get up for games against Green Bay. In the playoff matchup last year, Manning threw for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns, leading the Giants past the Packers on their way to the Super Bowl. Manning has not thrown a touchdown pass in the past three games, and the offense has sputtered. The Packers defense, on the other hand, has been playing excellently over the past month and a half. They sacked Matthew Stafford five times last week, even without Clay Matthews. If they can stop Manning, this one will go to the Packers.

Key matchups: Randall Cobb has been one of the most explosive players in the league this season. He has scored in a variety of ways, and the matchup to look for is Cobb against the Giants’ secondary. The Giants have been exploited for big plays lately, especially against talented wide receivers. Cobb is one of the most versatile players in the league, often lining up at wide receiver and running back, as well as returning kicks. Look to see the Packers try to get him in matchups against linebackers and safeties, where Cobb can get free for explosive plays with ease.

The Pick: I’m going with the Packers on this one, stealing another regular season win at the Meadowlands 34-28. Aaron Rodgers is on fire right now, and I don’t see the Giants being able to slow him down enough to be able to win. Even if the bye week helped Eli Manning and the Giants, the Packers are hot and the Giants are ice cold in November. The Packers will take this one in a hotly contested matchup.

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