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Predictions: Week 11 – Green Bay Packers at New York Giants

Eli Manning

Shawn: This is another one of those games for the Green Bay Packers that looked like a much bigger matchup prior to the start of the season than it looks now.

The New York Giants have been terrible. Because this is the Giants, the media has started to get a little excited that they’ve won three straight. Yeah, that’s against a Josh Freeman “led” Minnesota team, an Eagles team with Matt Barkely at quarterback for over a half, and the mighty Oakland Raiders, who the Giants needed a blocked punt for a TD to beat.

So, let’s keep it real. The Giants suck. Only the fact that their whole division sucks keeps their season from being over. Not that it really matters since whoever wins the NFC East is going to get bitch-slapped by the 49ers or Seahawks in round 1 of the playoffs.

The reason for the suckage has been pretty simple. The Giants are a whopping 3oth in the league in scoring. They have been one of the league worst at running the football, and when they throw it, it has often led to disaster with Eli Manning leading the league with 16 interceptions already.

The one thing the Giants have been okay at, especially lately, is defense. They don’t have the pass rush that won them titles, but they have been great against the run.

That could be bad news for the Packers, who will once again need their running game to be the engine of their offense. Scott Tolzien should be better after a week of practice, but I don’t think Packers fans can expect a breakout performance from him at New York.

It should help the Packers defense that they will get to play their base against the Giants, who will try to run the ball some with Andre Brown. I expect the Packers to have success stopping the run, and I also expect the Giants to be fairly conservative on offense, knowing full well that their defense can keep them in the game just as long as they don’t do anything stupid.

The Packers win this game if they can turn Eli over, just like every other defense this season, but there is little reason to think that will happen. This may be a down year for Eli, but he still makes more plays than Tolzien. I pick the Giants in a defensive game.

Giants 20, Packers 17

Monty: I think it’s fair to say the Green Bay Packers have been somewhat of an enigma since Aaron Rodgers went down.

Their defensive line was dominant during the early part of the season. Lately, not so much. Their pass rush was making plays. Lately, not so much. Jordy Nelson was dominating. Lately, not so much.

The one constant has been Eddie Lacy, but you saw what happened last week when the Eagles focused solely on stopping the run. Lacy was still effective, but he averaged a season-low 3 yards per carry.

Obviously, the New York Giants will have the same focus defensively, which means Scott Tolzien, to some degree, will have to win this game for the Packers. The defense is also going to have to step up for the Packers to have a chance and that means putting pressure on Eli Manning and forcing him into mistakes.

Thankfully for the Packers, Manning and the Giants have made their fair share of mistakes this season. They have a league-leading 28 turnovers.

In other words, this team is just what the doctor ordered for the Packers shitty secondary. If they can’t turn the Giants over, then they might as well go find new jobs. Home Depot is probably hiring.

The same goes for the Packers as a whole. If they can’t beat the Giants, who are one of the league’s worst teams, they may as well cash in their chips.

I say Tolzien will be prepared, Mike McCarthy will have a solid game plan and Giants offense will actually make the Packers defense look good.

Packers 24, Giants 17


Shawn Neuser attended UWGB and lives and works in Green Bay. He enjoys long walks on the beach and being intimate with game film.



  1. TyKo Steamboat November 16, 2013

    “Look at this. You people are pathetic! Buncha hypocrites! Back in my day they used to club the hog over the head, they used to eat it! If you want a prediction, you’re asken the wrong Phil. I’ll give ya a prediction. It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey & it will last you the rest of your life.”
    -Bill Murray, Groundhog Day 1993

    1. TyKo Steamboat November 16, 2013

      The PACK always have a way of making Eli Manning look like an all-time great…

      1. Phatgzus November 16, 2013

        I wouldn’t go that far, though this defense certainly may live up to that expectation. The Giants may want to try to establish the run but I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to strike through the air early in both halves.

  2. Mike Tice Rules November 16, 2013

    I’m hoping for a damn win. Last year walking out of that stadium fuckin sucked. I hope to be able to rub it in the Giants fans faces that a fuckin 3rd stringer beat their team.

  3. Don Q November 16, 2013

    For the sake of all the Packer fans in East Rutherford on Sunday I’ll predict a win for the Green and Gold.

    GB 24
    NYG 17

    Clay Matthews Hulk Faces 2
    Elisha Manning Pout Faces 4

  4. Phatgzus November 16, 2013

    Whichever team stops the run and runs the ball most effectively (and wins the TO battle) will win. Alright, which one of you got the DeLorean going 88?

  5. hubie November 16, 2013

    GO PACK FUCKING GO, Need this one

  6. PF4L November 16, 2013

    Thankfully for the Packers, Manning and the Giants have made their fair share of mistakes this season. They have a league-leading 28 turnovers.

    Unfortuntely…The Packers sit at the bottom of the league in turnovers.

    Just flip a coin to pick a winner. I sure as hell dont have a clue..BUT..GO PACK GO!!!!

  7. PF4L November 16, 2013

    In Dom WE Trust!!…….My bad….Sorry, i’m drinking.

  8. brad November 16, 2013

    Sorry to say it, but were screwed without Rodgers.

  9. PF4L November 16, 2013

    I think if Tolzien can throw for 280 again, but limit his picks to one. I think we have a fair shot. I’m far more confident in Tolzien, over Wallace. The O line is gonna need to help out. Whatever happens, i’m sure it will be entertaining, wether it be, in a good or a bad way.

  10. buster bluth November 16, 2013

    Sorry to say it, but we are screwed without EDS.

    1. chucks November 16, 2013

      agreed… he’s a boss in the run game. Hopefully Scott can hit some big plays early and force the Giants to have less guys in the box.

    2. Phatgzus November 16, 2013

      Agreed, anytime Newhouse plays is almost a guaranteed catastrophe.

    3. Andrew Chitko November 17, 2013

      EDS is listed as probable. He’s playing isn’t he?

  11. Nacho Libre November 16, 2013

    Maybe this time they will win since you guys picked them to lose. The last two losses, you guys picked them to win and ended up losing.

  12. Kozak November 17, 2013

    It’s on the Defense. They need to step up and make some plays today.

  13. cd4packers November 17, 2013

    This is it Packers. Now or never. We must win this game today. If we don’t, I am going to get really drunk. And have wild sex. :)

  14. Vijay November 17, 2013

    They LOST! They couldn’t beat the G MEN with Aaron, what made anyone think they could do it without him and so many other starters?