The Green Bay Packers (11-0) travel to MetLife Stadium to play the New York Giants (6-5) this Sunday for a late afternoon game. The Packers will earn a playoff spot with a win over the Giants, and can win the NFC North title with a win and a Detroit loss.
The last time Green Bay played the New York Giants was last December, which the Packers won 45-17 at Lambeau Field. The win also was the first of the Packers’ current 17-game winning streak, including last season’s playoffs. Green Bay holds a 7-game lead all-time against New York (30-23-2), heading into their 56th game. The Packers are 1-0 against the Giants, since Aaron Rodgers became the starting quarterback.
New York is coming off an embarrassing 49-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Quarterback Eli Manning completed 33-of-47 passes and threw for 406 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception against the Saints.
Manning has thrown 20 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and has a 95.6 passer rating this season. Compared to Manning, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown 33 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and has a league-leading 127.7 passer rating. Manning has 3,358 total passing yards to Rodgers’ 3,475 passing yards this season.
Green Bay comes off a 27-15 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. The Packers are 11-0 for the first time in team history. The 1929 Packers also were undefeated (12-0-1), but did have one tie against the Frankford Yellow Jackets.
Rodgers is the clear front-runner as the NFL’s most valuable player and continues to have the highest passer rating (103.8) in the history of the NFL. He also has some funny television commercials airing that can be viewed here, here and here.
Green Bay sustained a few new injuries against the Lions and will be without linebackers Desmond Bishop (calf) and A.J. Hawk (calf), and guard Josh Sitton (knee). Offensive tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring) is still out.
The Green Bay Packers can secure a victory against the New York Giants, if they address three key issues during the game.
1. Stop the Giants’ pass rush
Drew Brees lit up the Giants’ secondary on Monday night throwing for 363 yards and 4 touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers will have the same opportunity, if his banged up offensive line can give him the same kind of time Brees’ offensive line gave him.
2. Rush Eli
The Giants have three deep threat receivers in Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz. Manningham (knee) sat out the Monday night game against the Saints with an injury and may miss the game against the Packers. Cruz scored 2 touchdowns against the Saints and had 9 catches for 157 yards.
The Packers will want to limit the amount of time Eli Manning will have to find his receivers and applying a consistent pass rush will do just that.
Both teams have a positive turnover ratio with the Packers (+15) having a higher ratio than the Giants (+5). Green Bay has 22 interceptions (3 TDs) compared to the Giants’ 14 interceptions (0 TDs).
The only way Green Bay can lose on Sunday is to turn the ball over.
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