Aaron Rodgers needed an intervention, and that’s what he got against the Detroit Lions. The Lions are always a good team to play if you want to come back to life if you’re a quarterback. Heck, Joey Harrington’s best game on record as a pro came against his ex-team as a Dolphin. Rodgers hit the Lions for 4 touchdowns to get back on track. After his abysmal performance against the Vikings on the road the week before, many people were speculating that Rodgers just didn’t have it anymore.
This was sort of the same thing that happened when Rodgers told all of the fans to relax a couple of years back, following a slow start from the team. Rodgers and the Packers caught fire and there weren’t any more comments from Packer fans. They’re hoping that the Lions’ game is a catalyst for him to catch fire. Green Bay comes into Sunday night with a record of 2-1, they are above .500, with their only loss coming by three points against a very good Viking fans so chill out.
The Packers are coming off a bye, their last action coming two weeks ago against the Lions at Lambeau. Fortunate enough for the Packers, they will stay home for three weeks straight, the Lions, bye, and now they welcome the New York Giants for Sunday Night Football. This game is being broadcast up against the presidential election. Rodgers will try and take the spotlight away from Donald Trump tonight and put forth an impressive outing. The NFL would crawl into a hole if this ends up being a boring game. An exciting game may draw some people to keep the game on. If nothing is happening, the only people leaving the TV are DFS players and sports bettors.
The Giants are in desperate need of a win tonight, at the very least, not get blown out by the Packers. Emotions were high last week in the Giants’ 24-10 loss to the Vikings. Odell Beckham was completely shut down, hauling in only 3 balls for 33 yards. Beckham did not record a single reception in the second-half. It resulted in him acting like a 13-year-old and throwing a temper tantrum on the field. He can’t be doing that. Beckham is a focal-point of the Giants and his actions could drag everyone down around him. It’s going to be interesting to see how the G-Men respond on the road tonight at Lambeau Field.
New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Packers -7(-110)
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Giants vs. Packers Pick:
The Giants have found success in Green Bay before, most notably in the playoffs in 2008. The last time the Giants made a stop at Lambeau Field in 2012, they upset the Packers by a score of 37-20. In fact, they have beaten the Packers in three-straight games. Put the Packers or Patriots in front of them and they turn into a different team apparently. Their two wins on the year came against the Cowboys and Saints, both of them coming in Week 1 and 2. The G-Men have gone 0-2 since beating the Saints at home. The Packers have been sitting back and preparing for the Giants the last two weeks. For all of this talk about the Packers trending down this season, may I remind you the only team they lost to was the Vikings by 3 on the road. Put that game at Lambeau and the Packers probably win it.
The Giants’ offense just hasn’t looked very good in 2016. Their only 25+ effort came against the bad defense of the Redskins. They are averaging 18.2 points per game this season. They are, however, moving the football, with 382.2 yards per game, 6th in the NFL. Move the ball all you want, though, it doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t result in points. The offense just looks like there isn’t much chemistry present. There is something missing here that is hindering them. And Beckham having an outburst doesn’t help any.
The Giants’ defense is coming in with injuries to account for. They have been relying on a few undrafted rookies to help out. Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple are both listed as questionable on the injury report. Going into Lambeau to play Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense unhealthy isn’t an effective formula. I think after having a couple of weeks to dissect the Giants and rest up, the Packers are going to come out on fire. Rodgers should be able to pick up where he left against the Lions two weeks ago. Packers’ fans are looking for him to put on a show, and I think he will deliver the goods over the Packers here. The Packers pull away late to secure a 10-point victory against the frustrated Giants.
PICK: PACKERS -7 (-110)