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New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers - 11/17/13

Green Bay Packers (5-4) at New York Giants (3-6)

NFL Football: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm (MetLife Stadium)

The Line: New York Giants -6.5 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds


The undermanned Green Bay Packers head into Met Life Stadium to take on the suddenly surging New York Giants who look for their fourth win in a row.

The collective breath of Cheesehead Nation gasped for air when they saw Aaron Rodgers go down with a shoulder injury two weeks ago and while they had a strong start to the season that has them still in contention you have to wonder whether the injury to Rodgers will cost the Pack a spot in the playoffs. Rodgers is undoubtedly one of the best players in the NFL and might be the most irreplaceable player in the game and now with Seneca Wallace out for the rest of the year the Pack will go with Scott Tolzien until Rodgers can return. Eddie Lacy is emerging as a legitimate every down back and with the issues at quarterback plaguing the offensive production for Green Bay you can expect another heavy dose of Eddie Lacy in this one. Green Bay still possesses a number of receiving threats with Jordy Nelson, James, Jones and the newcomer Jarret Boykin giving Tolzien a ton of options to work with but putting that potential into action with a quarterback playing in just his second game might be tough to do.

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New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers - 11/17/13

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The Giants have suddenly ripped off three straight wins after starting the season with an 0-6 mark and somehow are back in the mix in the NFC East playoff picture as nobody seems to be able to take a stranglehold in the division. Eli Manning has had a very disappointing campaign but now with a legitimate running back in the New York back field in Andre Brown Manning should be able to play with a longer field and get the ball to Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Rueben Randle. New York returns home where they are 2-2 on the year compared to their lackluster 1-4 mark on the road and coming off a win at home against the Raiders in which they blocked a punt for a touchdown and also had majors from Randle and Brown the Giants should be able to stay competitive in this one and could win their fourth straight. This is a tough game to call as the Giants were abysmal to start the year but have since turned things around while the Pack were Super Bowl contenders until Rodgers went down and now have lost two straight. I expect a lot of ground and pound in this one with both running backs getting a boatload of touches and I think if Eddie Lacy can keep the Giants off the field they can keep this one within a touchdown.

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