By Eric Schmidt

One game remains on the schedule this weekend which will determine the pairings for the NFL Championship Round of the NFL playoffs, the New York Giants at the Green Bay Packers. This game is also a rematch of a regular season game which occurred in Week 13, with the Packers coming away with a 38-35 victory on a field goal as time expired.

This game features two teams with serious issues on the defensive side of the ball. In the first meeting between these teams, they combined for nearly 900 yards of total offense and 73 points. The Giants, decimated by defensive injuries in the start of the season are ranked 29th against the pass and the Packers are dead last, ranked 32nd. However, both of these teams throw the ball well and points should be ringing up on the scoreboard later this afternoon.

Green Bay is scoring points at will, and averages over 40 points per game at home. I expect nothing less this afternoon. There have been a lot of comparisons made between the 2007 and the 2012 versions on the New York Giants, but despite the fact that defensive players are getting healthy and the Giants have a formidable pass rush, the Green Bay Packers won 19 straight games for a reason. Over the past few weeks no one has really been speaking about Packers QB Aaron Rodgers since he hasn’t played for over three weeks now, but I fully expect him to remind NFL fans he is still in the league after this afternoon.

Performance Predictions

QB Aaron Rodgers- 31-41-340 yards 4 tds

QB Eli Manning 28-54-320 yards 3 tds-2 ints

The Vegas line on this contest is currently the Packers giving 7.5 points and the over/under at 54.5 points. I love the over in this game, and while I like the Packers to win straight up, I’m taking the Giants and the points ATS. Green Bay 41-New York 35.

Look for the Giants to come out and get an early 10-14 point lead over the Packers, but homefield advantage and Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to an eventual victory.

 

 

 

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