Week Five Predictions: Green Bay vs. New York

By: Bill Tewes, Mark Prott, & Jim Boyce

JIM

PACKERS 31 GIANTS 23

The return of a few defensive starters should be a big boost to Green Bay’s defense, perhaps none more so than Morgan Burnett. With Burnett out against Detroit, Stafford and his receivers were able to find a lot of open space to throw the ball. Sam Shields will still be out, which is a concern against the Giants excellent WR corps, but Burnett should help alleviate the big plays we saw in Week 3. Offensively this is a chance for Rodgers and the Pack to prove they are back in business against a defense better than the Lions. The Giants have certainly improved over last seasons horrendous defense, but they are still able to be beaten.

There is certainly a possibility for a Giants upset if the secondary cannot stop the pass. However being at home, with two weeks rest, against a team that has looked fairly mediocre over the first month of the season, and it would be disappointing if the Packers do not take care of business Sunday night.

MARK

PACKERS 38 GIANTS 21

The timing of this game could not play more in favor for Green Bay in their Sunday night match-up against Big Blue. The Giants played a physical game at Minnesota last Monday night while the Packers have had 13 days in between their last game played to rest up and game-plan for the Giants. Surely it would be a disappointment if Mike McCarthy’s squad doesn’t get out to a fast start in this one, especially after the offense seemed to finally be regaining it’s mojo in the Lions game. The guess here is Aaron Rodgers should be able to exploit and take advantage of a banged up Giants secondary.

However, I see the real difference in this game being the Packers suddenly blooming pass rush getting after Eli Manning and the boys. The Packers now boast 4 legitimate pass rushers in Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and Nick Perry, something they haven’t had in years. The Giants on the other hand are going to counter with Marshall Newhouse’s backup as one of their starting offensive tackles. Enough said.

Bill

PACKERS 35 GIANTS 17

When the schedule was released, this game was one I circled as a loss for Green Bay. The pieces New York added on defense (Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins) have done little to make in impact for the Giants through four weeks. It is crazy to think that the Giants have yet to force a turnover. I do not see that changing this week as Rodgers will take care of the ball and cut through the underwhelming Giants defense Sunday night.

One thing the Giants defense does have going for them is stopping the run. They aren’t as good as Green Bay (who are playing out of their minds when it comes to run defense) but are ranked top 10 in the NFL. I would not expect Eddie Lacy to get much traction tonight and may also take a back seat to the aerial assault. The Giants secondary is also pretty banged up with two starters questionable (Eli Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) and this should allows plenty of opportunity for Rodgers and company to air it out.

There is a lot of turmoil in New York right now and head coach Ben McAdoo is still getting his bearings as far a leading the team. I’m not sure Odell Beckham Jr. can control his temper and that could very well lead to some major issues for this team. The media is certainly talking about this story (and seemingly nothing else as far as the two teams are concerned) which will definitely help Green Bay. Eli Manning will give us a couple of opportunities for some interceptions and they have next to no run game. I cannot imagine the Giants putting up a lot of points tonight, even with cornerback Sam Shields out as well as starter Damarious Randall getting the questionable label.