Nov. 23, 2016
Giants @ Packers: A Case For The Giants Winning and Losing
Why The Giants Will Win:
The New York Giants are a team of so much talent. On paper, they may just be one of the seven most talented teams in the NFL. However, they haven’t quite gelled through four weeks. This is the week for the offense to come together and evolve into the explosive offense they were expected to be.
Eli Manning is coming off of two bad performances. He is due for a breakout game. With the Packers thin in the secondary, Manning will have an easy time passing the ball. With a three-headed monster in Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, and Victor Cruz, Manning will dominate the Packers’ defense and throw for an unimaginable amount of yards.
Odell Beckham Jr is up against the Green Bay Packers’ THIRD string cornerback, as Sam Shields and Damarious Randall are out. Beckham will gain his mental focus back and return to the elite receiver everyone knows him to be with a huge game.
Sterling Shepard is in for an easy matchup in the slot against the FOURTH string cornerback for the Packers. Shepard will continue to prove his worth as he has what may be the easiest matchup thus far in his NFL career.
Finally, when you add Victor Cruz to the mix, it would almost be hard for the Giants not to excel passing the ball. The FIFTH string cornerback will cover him! This is the third matchup heavily favoring a Giants’ receiver. Cruz is bound to put up big numbers.
When you then consider the weak Packers’ run defense, it makes it easy to believe that Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey, and Paul Perkins will have an easy time running the ball. If Rashad Jennings is able to play, then the Giants will have a field day from a rushing standpoint.
Defensively, the Giants will be able to hold their own and limit a Packers’ offense that has underperformed from a yardage perspective. The Packers rank 29th in the NFL in total yardage. The key will be preventing the Packers from getting the ball into the end zone, an area where they rank 11th in the NFL. With a Giants defense that is healthier than it was last week, they can only improve against a Packers team that has underperformed in the run game.
Why The Giants Will Lose:
With all of the talent the Giants have, they have simply failed to play well as a team. After two consecutive losses, they are in for another tough matchup against a very good Packers’ offense. The Giants are weakened by injuries and will fall to the Packers in an ugly fashion.
Eli Manning has been a downward spiral this season. The past two games, he has thrown for 611 yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions. Though the Packers are thin in the secondary, Manning wont receive much help from his receivers who have been a disappointment this season due to an inability to score.
The receivers will continue to struggle. It is as simple as that. Though they have been good from a statistical standpoint, the trio has failed to get into the end zone. You simply cannot win football games if you fail to convert on scoring opportunities.
The defense is in for their toughest task of the season. The Packers rank 11th in scoring, thus the Giants will allow a ton of points falling to the Packers and bringing their own record down to 2-3, last in the NFC East.
The Giants are in for a tough matchup, and it would be tough to argue otherwise. The Packers are a very solid team that boasts a very good group of receivers in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davonte Adams. Though Cobb and running back Eddie Lacy have struggled, the Packers have still been a very good team offensively. However, the Giants have their own trio of talented receivers in Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, and Victor Cruz. This will be a high-scoring contest ultimately resulting in a very close game, with the Packers being the victor.
Score: Giants 28 Packers 30