The Green Bay Packers are all knotted up with the Minnesota Vikings for the lead in the NFC North at 8-3. They head into battle with the New York Giants on Sunday after losing two of their last three. The Giants are 2-9 nearing the end of a lost season. The remainder of the season for them is likely an audition for 2020, at least for most players and coaches outside of dynamic runner Saquon Barkley.
The Packers head into Sunday at 7-4 against the betting line. The Giants have only covered four times this season, almost as bad as their overall win/loss record. They’ve only covered once while playing at home, while the Pack is 3-2 on the road against the spread.
Green Bay is favored by 6.5 points in this contest, with the over/under set at 45.
Rodgers Looks To Rebound
Green Bay’s elite starting quarterback and leader, Aaron Rodgers, has a pretty favorable record after losses over his career. Coming off of a stretch where the Packers have lost two of three actually probably bodes well heading into Sunday’s matchup for the Packers. They lost to the Chargers three weeks ago, a team they were favored against, then were beaten again last week by the NFC-leading 49ers, a game the Niners were favored in.
Rodgers is putting together another elite statistical season, completing 64.5 percent of his passes, with 18 TDs, only two picks, and 2,822 passing yards on the season. New head coach Matt LaFleur has re-ignited Rodgers’ abilities, capitalizing on his skills in a way that Mike McCarthy hadn’t in the last couple of seasons. Unfortunately for Rodgers and the Packers, a lackluster 28th-ranked defense has been their downfall.
The Giants are once again disappointing fans with their play in the 2019 season. They haven’t had a winning season since 2016 under head coach Ben McAdoo. In 2019, they rank 24th in the league in points per game at only 19.7. Their defense is ranked 29th in points allowed and 27th in yards allowed. Janoris Jenkins has four picks on the season, while Markus Golden has 8.5 sacks, but it hasn’t been anywhere near enough.
Offensively, Daniel Jones has been far from what the franchise had hoped, but considering his group of skill players, he has worked well with what he has. He’s thrown 17 touchdowns to eight interceptions and has racked up 2,134 yards on the season. Barkley hasn’t looked as explosive as of late but is still the highlight of this offense. Unfortunately, he’s getting no room to run up front.
Keep it Simple, Stupid
It’s best not to even look too deeply into the stats in this one. All one needs to know is that Rodgers and the Packers are headed to New York to play one of the worst teams in the NFL, coming off a massive embarrassment against the 49ers. Look for the Packers to win and win big. They easily cover the spread in this matchup.