The New York Giants will look to end their seven-game skid when they host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon. New York played its closest game in nearly two months in a 19-14 loss to the Chicago Bears over the weekend. The Giants ultimately couldn't get enough going on offense. Star running back Saquon Barkley was held to 59 yards rushing on 17 attempts. Quarterback Daniel Jones had a decent outing, throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Safety Jabrill Peppers is expected to miss action after hurting his back in the loss.
Green Bay is coming off its worst defeat of the season, a 37-8 beat down against the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers may be tied atop the NFC North standings, but they looked far from a Super Bowl contender on Sunday. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was held to one touchdown and 104 passing yards in one of his least effective games in Green Bay. Defensively, the Packers allowed the 49ers to tally 339 yards of offense.
Packers hope to reboundThe Green Bay Packers are coming off one of their worst losses in recent memory with a 29-point defeat at San Francisco. Green Bay was doomed from the start as Aaron Rodgers fumbled the ball on the opening drive and never recovered. Rodgers told reporters Wednesday, "I think we’ve got to play a little bit better moving forward if we want to get to where we want to go.” Rodgers was sacked five times on Sunday in part because starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga went down with a first-quarter knee injury. Bulaga took part in Wednesday practice drills but is doubtful to play. His absence could also affect Green Bay's ability to run the ball. Leading rusher Aaron Jones was held to 38 yards on 13 carries against San Francisco.
The Packers have a lot of room to improve on the defensive side as well. They gave up 339 yards to the 49ers a few weeks after allowing 442 yards to the LA Chargers. Green Bay still ranks among the top half of the NFL in points allowed per game (22) but the unit hasn't played up to its potential recently. The Packers have a pretty light defensive injury report with safety Will Redmond the only guy listed as questionable for Sunday.
Giants look to spoil Packers' weekendThe New York Giants appear to have passed the Jets for the most disappointing season in the metropolitan. The Giants dropped their seventh straight game over the weekend with a close loss to Chicago. New York once again couldn't get anything going on the ground, as Saquon Barkley was held under 60 rushing yards for the third straight game. Quarterback Daniel Jones does deserve credit for a pair of passing touchdowns. He's thrown 11 touchdowns to one interception over the last four games.
New York's defense ranks 25th in yards allowed per game (377.5) and could have a tough time slowing down Aaron Rodgers. The Giants have the third-worst turnover differential in the league (-11). They're likely to be without top safety Jabrill Peppers, who missed Wednesday's practice. Another concern is the status of long snapper Zak DeOssie, who is also listed as questionable.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on covers.com, are:
- Giants are 1-5 ATS in their last six games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
- Giants are 0-4 ATS vs. in their last four games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Giants are 0-4 ATS in their last four games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Packers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight up loss.
- Packers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.
- Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 13.