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Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants: Who has the edge?


Here we go, the seemingly annual Green Bay Packers versus New York Giants game. There have generally been big implications in this one, with a possible champ being born out of the matchup. In Sunday’s game, however, the winner will just have out-clawed the other to stay afloat.

So how do these teams look?

At quarterback we see anomalies. Aaron Rodgers is out for a third game, and the Packers are on to the third string quarterback, Scott Tolzien. Tolzien did not actually look half bad in his debut, and hopefully getting a week of practice will give him a chance to show he is a viable backup.

Eli Manning
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On the other side, Eli Manning has looked no part of the Manning name this season. Turnover after turnover this season has caused the team to have opened up with six straight losses. But, the ship has started to right itself, and with three wins they control their destiny in a very bad NFC East.

The edge at the QB position goes to the Giants simply because of the experience.

At running back there is no question. Eddie Lacy has still been good through the last two games versus stacked fronts, and with a quarterback on the same page could be better. Andre Brown had a good game last week, but we still have to see if he can hold up as injury-prone as he has been. Add in the fact that they played the Oakland Raiders and we really do not know how good he is. The edge at the running back position goes to the Packers.

Jordy Nelson
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At wide receiver, things seem pretty even. Jordy Nelson has been in elite form, James Jones has played well, and Jarrett Boykin gives the Packers yet another weapon. For the Giants, Victor Cruz has been up and down but still a huge talent, Hakeem Nicks is still shaking off an injury, and Reuben Randle is quietly putting together a solid year. There really is not an edge here, especially with the uneven quarterback play coming into this game.

Defensively, both teams should be ashamed. The Packers have looked horrific in two losses, and cannot seem to get a turnover to save their lives. The Giants have been equally bad, having a lot of trouble getting any pressure on the quarterback. While I would like to give an edge somewhere to someone, I think we can agree that both defenses are bad, and there is really no edge to be found.

How will this game turn out? As different as these two teams are compared to last season and even the year before, I do not think anyone knows for sure.

All we do know is this game could turn around or even determine where they will be at the end of the season.

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  • Peter Maiz

    I was watching the NFL channel and all three commentators gave the Giants the victory, on their predictions. I don’t think the Pack can pressure E. Manning to make mistakes and will give him time to stay in the pocket. The Giants have home field advantage. And the big question is whether the Pack can convert on 3rd downs. If there is no improvement on defense and it melts during the fourth quarter, I don’t see the Pack winning the ball game.