Profootballtalk.com predicts the Giants; ESPN – nine of the 12 pick the Giants; at SB Nation, four out of the six experts picked the Giants; at CBS, one of the eight picked the Packers; at Yahoo!, both of those picking selected the Giants; and heck, even five of the eight giving predictions over at Jerseyal.com pick the Giants.
For the first time in a long time the Packers go into tomorrow’s game against the Giants as the underdog. With their third string quarterback, Scott Tolzien, matching up against Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl champion playing on his home course, this is a no-brainer for the many experts who say the Packers don’t have a chance.
I like that.
In fact, I never, ever liked it when the Packers went into games as the favorites … even with Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback. It’s just too easy for teams to get amped up when they play against the best.
While all of us over here at Lombardiave will be giving our game predictions tomorrow morning, I can’t speak for the others, but this is a game I don’t feel on paper the Packers can win. But when you’ve got everyone rooting for the Giants, there are intangibles involved here. You’ve got a rookie running back in Eddie Lacy who is fast becoming a household name and you’ve got a third string QB in Tolzien who wants badly to prove the experts wrong. If there’s anyone who can do that, it’s Tolzien.
However, this game won’t come down to Lacy and Tolzien.
This game will once again be won and lost by the defense. For the second time in two weeks, the Packers gave up a nine-minute-plus drive to the opposition as the Packers lost their second straight home game last weekend.
They simply can’t do that again this Sunday. If they do, expect the cacophony of disgusted fans calling for the head of defensive coordinator Dom Capers to rise to a fevered pitch.
So, what do you think? Are the Packers the underdogs for good reason? Do they have a chance on Sunday? Will they be embarrassed once again?
Let us know how you feel about this one …