SnoTap Packers Preview: New York vs. Green Bay
Green Bay Packers coming off a bye week has been friendly under the Mike McCarthy era. He has a seven-game winning streak after a bye week, and we always see something new from either the offense or defense. Packers face a Giants team who has gave them trouble in the past couple of years. Packers have lost four of the last six versus Giants yet two of those came in devastating playoff losses. The weather will be much better than those two playoff games.
Start time and spread
7:30 NBC, Packers are favored by 7
Storylines to watch
All eyes on Odell – NBC is going to focus a wide-lens on Odell Beckham Jr. His back is squarely up against the wall. If Beckham Jr. has another outburst, the media will go absolutely bananas. But this is the type of thing that worries me. He might be due for a massive day given the Packers secondary woes, and the spotlight directly on him. Expect Green Bay’s secondary attempt to get his head a little bit. Sam Shields was not only their best corner but probably the best trash talker as well so he’ll be doubly missed this Sunday.
Rodgers could have a huge day – If you thought last week was special for Aaron Rodgers, this could be even more special. Rodgers loves Sunday Night Football plus factor in Giants secondary is complete and utter trash. They are banged up more so than the Packers and do not have an interception on the year. Expect Green Bay to pick apart New York’s secondary especially through the the middle. I don’t know if this will be a big Richard Rodgers game, but I could see a breakout game from Randall Cobb.
Perry and Matthews sack attack – With Clay Matthews back, Green Bay is very intimidating on the outside rush with Nick Perry and Matthews on the outside. This is what Ted Thompson expected when he drafted Perry five years ago, and it’s finally come to fruition. Perry has been dominating on the outside with 3.5 sacks in three games this season, and that’s his season total from last season. One more sack, Perry will have his career-high in sacks. Now, you add Matthews to the mix, and it’s going to be really hard for Eli Manning to have time in the pocket. You just hope Matthews has fully recovered from his injuries.
Eddie Lacy continue his success? – We mentioned Eddie Lacy last week with his first 100-yard game in September. He tends to do well after a bye week as well plus as the weather gets colder, Lacy turns it on more. It’s going to be a difficult task for Lacy with the Giants rush defense being top-ten in the league and only allowing 3.2 yards per carry. Although New York hasn’t really faced the cream of the crop in running backs through the first four games.
I’m taking Green Bay in this one. I think it’s going to be a shootout for the whole game unless Green Bay’s front seven makes some plays up front. Usually when Manning has to do on his own, it doesn’t go well for Giants so while I could see a blowout, I’m not counting on it. Green Bay puts it away in the final moments. GB 34-24