The New York Giants are 3-6 thanks to the return of running back, Andre Brown. Brown carried the ball 30 times for 115 yards in his regular season debut last week at home against the Oakland Raiders. Brown gave the Giant running attack, which was ranked 30th in the NFL, a huge boost. Prior to Brown’s season debut, the Giants started eight different running backs in their first nine games. Entering their Week 10 match-up, the Raiders ranked 6th in rushing defense, which makes Brown’s debut a little more impressive.
This week’s opponent, the Green Bay Packers, ranks in the middle of the pack, yielding 107 rushing yards per game. Last year, Brown accounted for 64 of 147 rushing yards. Without any competition for carries, Brown seems like a sure bet for at least 100 yards. The Packers boast some skilled defensive players in BJ Raji, Clay Matthews, and AJ Hawk, but Brown found success in the past.
The Giants are hoping that Brown’s return will take some pressure off of Eli Manning and the passing attack. Impending free agent Hakeem Nicks has yet to find the end zone while Victor Cruz hasn’t scored since Week 4. Nicks, Cruz, and third receiver Rueben Randle all scored last year during last year’s 38-10 romp over Green Bay.
The Giants opened as 5-point home favorite against Green Bay. A few sportsbook reviews have the Giants as a 6-point favorite against the Aaron Rodgers-less Pack. The Giants’ offensive line has struggled, which is obviously a cause for concern. However, as long as Brown runs hard, the Giants should find more balance on offense. Look for the Giants to establish the run early and often as they try to grind down Green Bay’s front seven.
Prediction: Giants 31 Packers 14