A long weekend of turkey and football will be capped off Sunday night with a juicy matchup between the past two Super Bowl champions. The Green Bay Packers (7-3) invade the New York Giants (6-4) at MetLife Stadium for what is also a rematch of a divisional playoff game won by the Giants in January.
New York received a much-needed bye last week following two straight losses, including a 31-13 setback at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals 31-13 as a 3.5-point road favorite. The losses, coupled with the recent surge of the Washington Redskins, have left the defending Super Bowl champions with just a 1 1/2-game lead in the NFC East. A loss to the Packers and things could get interesting down the stretch in this division.
According to the Week 12 NFL odds, the Giants are 3-point home favorites against the Packers with the over/under listed between 49.5 and 51 points, depending on where you look.
First and foremost for the Giants will be getting quarterback Eli Manning back on track for the season’s home stretch. The two-time Super Bowl MVP has played poorly in three straight games, which includes throwing four interceptions versus zero touchdown passes. That is the longest streak without a TD pass in Manning’s career.
The hope out of Gotham is a week of rest is just what the doctor ordered for Manning. Rumors have been that Manning has suffered from a tired arm and it’s hoped the bye will allow him to return to the elite level he showed earlier this season.
The Packers have reeled off five consecutive wins, despite dealing with a rash of injuries, especially on the defensive side. At least three starters will be out against the Giants—All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews, former NFL defensive player of the year Charles Woodson and cornerback Sam Shields.
New York has seen its lead in the division slip and is getting ever-more desperate for a win. However, Green Bay is playing perhaps its best football of the season right now. This one figures to be close, but the Giants may be due the slight edge given the home-field and injury concerns of the Packers.