About the only thing that the New York Giants are going to be thankful for going into Week 12′s matchup with the Green Bay Packers is that they have a bye week to prepare for the game.
New York is going to be a tough team to make NFL picks on in Week 12, knowing that it is playing against a team that is out for blood. The Packers remember the last time that these two teams met in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, a game in which QB Aaron Rodgers and the crew watched their 15-1 regular season all go for naught.
Looking at the Giants, it is easy to see that the team should be happy at 6-4. There will either be one-game or two-games of an edge over the Dallas Cowboys and the field in the NFC East when this Sunday Night Football encounter kicks off at MetLife Stadium, and that should be good enough to ensure that the champs get a shot to defend their Lombardi Trophy in the postseason.
However, a closer look at the stats show a team that is awfully mediocre. The Giants rank just 10th in the NFL in total offense at 367.4 yards per game, a number that is skewed by a 604 yard game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. Take that one out, and the total number of yards per game dips to just 341.1 YPG. The team also ranks 21st in the NFL in total defense at 371.6 YPG. A scoring average of 21.6 PPG is great for allowing that many yards, but again, if you take out the games against the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers, what’s left is a New York team that has allowed 25.8 points per game and has conceded at least 23 in all but one of its other games on the year.