New York Giants (11-5) at Green Bay Packers (10-6), Sunday Jan. 8 4:40 PM ET
Line: Packers -5
If we’re being honest, the wild card round of this year’s NFL playoffs doesn’t seem super exciting on paper. Fortunately, the Giants and the Packers seem like the antidote to all that. Finally, we have a game worth getting enthusiastic over.
Both New York and Green Bay finished the season in Football Outsiders’ top 10 in DVOA. The Packers have one of the league’s best offenses. The Giants have one of the top defenses in the NFL. Whoever wins that battle will likely win the game, and it could really go either way.
Or are we giving the Giants too much of a chance here? The Packers have been on a roll. They ended the season by winning six straight games. Aaron Rodgers is playing like an MVP. They have a great offensive line. Plus, this is a playoff game at Lambeau Field. Isn’t that mystique worth something?
Perhaps, but you know what’s worth more? A good secondary, which the Packers do not have. Their defense has had issues, especially in the passing game. Their cornerbacks are all banged up. Now, they have to try and stop Odell Beckham Jr. That alone is concerning. Let’s not forget Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz, either. What if Beckham goes off for 150 yards and two touchdowns? Or more? Don’t just give this game to the Packers.
That being said, it’s hard to bet against Green Bay at home. It’s hard not to believe in Rodgers. The Giants could definitely pull off the upset, but there is a reason it would be classified as an upset.
Prediction: Packers 27, Giants 24
Janoris Jenkins, CB Questionable
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Out
Jerell Adams, TE Questionable
Coty Sensabaugh, CB Questionable
Nat Berhe, S Questionable
Damarious Randall, CB Questionable
Randall Cobb, WR Questionable
James Starks, RB Questionable
Jayrone Elliott, LB Questionable
Quinten Rollins, CB Questionable