New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers
The New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers face off on Sunday Night Football in a rematch of last year’s playoffs. The Giants are -1.5 point favorites over the Packers with an over/under point total set at 49.
The New York Giants are in first place in the NFC East but their recent play has led to that lead shrinking fast. Eli Manning has completed 61.3 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while being sacked just 12 times. Ahmad Bradshaw is averaging 4.5 yards per carry with four touchdowns, Andre Brown has seven touchdowns, and David Wilson is averaging 4.9 yards per carry in limited action. Victor Cruz has 60 catches and seven touchdowns and Martellus Bennett and Hakeem Nicks each have 36 catches. Defensively the Giants are allowing 21.6 points 113.8 rushing yards, and 257.8 passing yards with 17 interceptions and 25 sacks. Michael Boley has 61 tackles, Antrel Rolle and Chase Blackburn have 55 tackles each, and Stevie Brown has five interceptions. As Super Bowl Champions the Giants have a target on their back.
After a slow start the Green Bay Packers are on a roll and are back in first place in the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers has completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions while being sacked 32 times. James Starks is back in the backfield averaging 3.2 yards per carry and Alex Green is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. Randall Cobb has 54 catches and seven touchdowns, Jordy Nelson has 43 catches and five touchdowns, and James Jones has 42 catches and eight touchdowns. The Packers defense allows 20.7 points per game, 99.5 rushing yards, and 244.4 passing yards with 12 interceptions and 33 sacks. Morgan Burnett has 77 tackles, A.J. Hawk has 76 tackles, and Casey Heyward has five interceptions. The Packers look ready to make a late season push and hit the post season in full stride.
New York is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games against the NFC, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 9-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Green Bay is 10-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, and 3-7 against the spread following a game which they covered the spread. The road team has covered the spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two.
Look for the QB’s to take some shots but to also put up some points and for this game to go over the total.