It’s a game Green Bay Packers fans likely have had circled on their calendar since the schedule was released in spring.
At the end of last season, the New York Giants brought the Packers’ magical 15-1 season to dead stop as they beat Green Bay 37-20 at Lambeau Field on their way to the Super Bowl XLVI title. It was one of the most stunning defeats in franchise history and the players and fans have been waiting patiently for a chance at revenge.
This Sunday, they get their chance. The Packers get to face the Giants in New York Sunday night. The Packers are coming off an ugly 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions and lead the NFC North with a 7-3 record. The Giants are coming off their bye and lead the NFC East with a record of 6-4.
The Packers face a Giants team that has been struggling as of late. Quarterback Eli Manning has thrown zero touchdown passes and four interceptions in the last three games in which the Giants have a 1-2 record. The team rested Manning who thought he may have been suffering from a “tired arm” and he says the time off has helped his arm recharge.
How will he fare against the Packers this week?
Scouting the Giants
Struggles aside, this is not a Giants team that should be taken lightly. It’s not like the Packers need to be informed of that.
Manning has had his way with the Packers and could continue to given how banged up the Packers defense is. If the game is close in the fourth quarter, that’s when Manning is at his best. With Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon leading the receiving corps, Manning has his fair share of targets to choose from.
Nicks has been banged up all season but is finally getting healthy. He is the key to the Giants offense. With him on the field, things open up more for Cruz and defenses usually cannot cover both.
The Giants rushing attack is led by Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw has 675 yards this season and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry with four touchdowns. He hasn’t gained more than 57 yards on the ground since Week 6. The Packers have a fairly solid run defense so it will be tough for Bradshaw to get going again versus Green Bay.