The Packers got into the playoffs running the table over the final six games and in doing so become one of the most dangerous teams in this year’s playoffs.
The Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons might have the first-round bye in the NFC, but it’s the Green Bay Packers that enter this year’s playoffs as the hottest team and possibly the most dangerous team as well. Green Bay hosts the New York Giants this Sunday in what could be the most entertaining game of the weekend.
With a win, the Packers will more than likely head to Dallas to take on the top seeded team in the NFC next weekend. That said, the Packers still have some work to do this weekend to get that opportunity.
Green Bay is led by their quarterback Aaron Rodgers and one of the top passing attacks in the NFL with the weapons that he has on the outside, Rodgers is more than capable of continuing to run the table all the way to the Super Bowl in Houston.
Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams are the top targets in this offense as they finished the season as #1 and #2 in receiving touchdowns. However, the Giants are top ten in the league at covering the WR1 and WR2, but are bottom third in the league against opposing TE’s. This is a nice spot to see the emergence of tight end Jared Cook continue to gain trust from his quarterback.
Rodgers has had a nice connection with the Packers new addition from the off-season over the last month of the season. Coming into the season, the Packers were hoping to see their free agent signing of Cook turn to gold, but it didn’t start out too well for the tight end. However, he has really come up big over the last three games and this looks like another shot to have a good game.
On defense, the Packers have been playing well also, but they get to play Eli Manning in the playoffs. Eli has been a very good playoff quarterback at times in his career with two Super Bowl rings to show it. If the Packers see the “good” Eli, this could turn into a very entertaining shootout.
The Giants main weapon is obvious in Odell Beckham Jr, but there really isn’t much to do against it as the Packers have a real weakness in the secondary, especially against opposing top targets in the passing game. The defense in Green Bay has been playing decent in recent weeks, but the secondary and defending the pass has not been good all season long. If the Packers are smart, they will put a safety over the Giants top wide receiver on Sunday.
The Packers are just too good of a team to lose at home in a game like this. I think the Giants come to play like most think they will, but it will be the passing game in Green Bay that will get the victory, a normal sight for Packers fans. Rodgers and Manning might pass for over 300 yards each, but Aaron will have one or two more touchdown passes.
Prediction: Green Bay 30 over NY Giants 24!