Packers vs. Giants: What to Watch For

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The Green Bay Packers (7-3) travel to New Jersey to face the New York Giants (6-4) in prime time, Sunday night.

Coming off their bye, the Giants have lost two in a row (Pittsburgh and at Cincinnati). The Packers, meanwhile, have won five in a row.

Who’s not going to play?
The Packers will be without Clay Matthews for a second consecutive week. Charles Woodson and Sam Shields have also been ruled out. Greg Jennings, who hasn’t played since Eisenhower was in the White House, is actually questionable after practicing all week. The Giants will be without receiver Domenik Hixon and linebacker Jacquian Williams. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who’s been banged up for a few weeks, is probable.

Who should I bet on?
This one’s all over the place. The Packers opened as two-point favorites. Now, they’re between 1.5 and three-point underdogs, depending on where you look. I don’t like any of that, but it feels like the Packers are due for a loss and the Giants are borderline desperate, so the Giants are the pick here.

What to watch for

Eli Manning

Dead arm
Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been sucking balls lately. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown since week seven. Over his last three games he’s thrown for 192, 125 and 215, while throwing four picks and no touchdowns. That’s led some people to suggest Manning has dead arm. Like, he’s thrown so many balls, his arm just doesn’t work right anymore. Is that even possible? We doubt it, but the point is, Eli needs to pick it up if the Giants are going to be any good. If he doesn’t, we’ll be seeing a lot of…

Eli Manning face

Manning face
Peyton’s got it, Archie probably has it and Eli definitely has it — that unique brand of hangdog expression that says, “I’m a Manning.”

Super Bowl XLV ring

Which Super Bowl team shows up
Both of these teams uncannily resemble the teams they were when they won the past two Super Bowls. The Giants, who won the Lombardi last season, were a mediocre group during the regular season with tons of talent that everyone considered underachievers. Same thing this season. The year before, the Packers were an injury-plagued bunch that started slow and then got hot. Same thing this season. Which team will most resemble their Super Bowl version on Sunday?

Aaron Rodgers' State Farm commercial

The commercial battle
Here’s a fun game for you to play during breaks. Bet on who will have the next commercial — Manning or Aaron Rodgers. If you’re wrong, drink. If you’re right, make someone else drink (possibly double if they’re wrong). Both of these clowns have a bunch of clownish commercials and since they’re playing each other, you’re going to see a lot of them. You might as well make it enjoyable.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

20 Comments on "Packers vs. Giants: What to Watch For"

  1. Adam

    God I fucking hate the Giants. Hated them since 2007 and I cringe uncomfortably every time we have to play them.

  2. Chad Lundberg

    Rodgers has yet to be in a memorable commercial that I actually like to be honest. But, at least his pizza hut commercials aren’t as bad as Peyton Manning’s papa john’s commercials, lol.

  3. TyKoSteamboat

    Peyton has the douchiest commercials there is.
    “Cut that meat”!!!
    & (Buick)-“Call papa bear…hut hut”

  4. buddy

    Adam, you took the words out of my mouth. Fuck those assholes that play in New Jersey. Everytime Michael Strahan talks up the Giants on Fox NFL Sunday I want to kick him in the teeth so hard that he stops whistling when he says ” Fsubway eat frefsh” Fucker!

    • David

      I’d gladly watch 1000 Manning and Rodger ‘s commercials all in row if I never had to watch another Subway commercial with Suh and Strahan in it.

  5. Josh

    You know they will cut-away to a “flashback” of the last 2 Giant/Pack playoff games all friggin day…Joy. I am also still trying to decide who looks funnier when they whine: Eli or Cutler?

  6. PackAttack

    McCarthy opts for a 55 yarder with Crosby?

    McCarthy comes out of the gate AGAIN running shitty half-back dives with Kuhn, Al Green and Starks — so far 11 runs to 10 passes — keep up that 50/50 pace Mike! Your only down by 21

    No changes made to the Offensive of Defensive lines as McCarthy’s over-rated unit is getting embarrassed on national TV

    Don’t jump to conclusions yet people, these problems have been apparent for the last 4 weeks! And because “wins are wins” — nobody has seemed to care — but this team finally got exposed today and McCarthy should come under fire for his pathetic play calling and decision making.

  7. PackAttack

    play calling is so bad, so fucking bad…..james jones is nowhere to be found, Jordy 1 catch….who’s calling these routes?

    I think we should give Al Green one more touch, see if he can break out! What you think? he’s averaging a cool 1 yard per/carry.

  8. PackAttack

    O-line is bad, play calling is worse…..

    55 yarder with CROSBY!!!! PEOPLE — that is a fireable move right there, if I’m Ted Thompson I’m seriously wondering if McCarthy has money on this game or something — a 55 yarder with a guy who can’t hit a 32 yarder?

  9. Ivomitonvikingfans

    I hope TT is getting a good look at what an offensive line looks like. These fucking pussies are an embarrassment! All of those def. draft picks and still no pass rush. Hate to say it but Packers are second tier for now.

  10. PackAttack

    1st and 10 – halfback dive – 2 yards
    2nd and 10 – halfback toss – no gain
    3rd and long – NFL team leader for 3rd and long situations…..

    Mike McCarthy you are a joke!

  11. camcpack

    Is it 1975? it sure feels and looks like it. McCarthy is a joke and always has been. Oh by the way is Cobb the only reciever on the field? I also like the way McCarthy is screwing over Driver, what a dick

  12. Ivomitonvikingfans

    This offense is fooling nobody. Fucking run and shoot shit. Is Cobb the only receiver Rodgers sees? It’s like watching Favre force throws to Sharpe all over again. What’s with these retarded shovel passes? Why am I watching this shit? Fuck!!!

  13. camcpack

    Am i the only one that wants to drive to Green Bay, and kick Mike , and Ted in the balls for an hour or so

  14. PackAttack

    Agreed…..pathetic

    Did James Jones show up to the park today?

    We need the defense would be bad, but this offense is so bad, so bad. It’s been bad since the St. Louis game — McCarthy is a fucking moron!

    55 yarder with Crosby — still can’t get over that one.

  15. White Lightning

    They gave Crosby the chance to hit a long field goal in clearly a last ditch effort to break himself out of the slump he’s in. If he hits it we still lose by 25 because our offense was non existent.

    • PackAttack

      Are you fucking kidding me guy? A last ditch effort? 55 yarder? My god….it’s not the fact that he missed it as much as it is the principle for McCarthy going for it in that situation….swung momentum and gave the Giants excellent field position.

      Punt the fucking ball and pin them in their own 20….my god it’s not that difficult to understand.

      Last ditch effort? Get the fuck outta here with that.

  16. Casino Blitz

    I can’t wait to hear that homer Illitarion or whatever the fuck his name is, try and justify this ass beating.

    Packattack saw it coming, I saw it coming, yet illtarion claimed “We are just fine” as we scratched out last minute wins against below avg teams.

    I think tonight’s game speaks loud and clear for itself. We arn’t fine. Cut crosby monday morning, cut out Alex Green and use the phone-a-friend to call up the ex O-coordinator and figure it out. Mccarthy is as bad as they come, and so are you illitarion.

    Throw the fucking ball 50 times a game, that’s the only shot we got to compete against top tier. (Houston is not top tier, the AFC is a complete joke outsdie of NE,DEN)

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