Giants V Packers: Why the Packers Should Be Wary Favorites

Kason Green@kason_greenContributor IJanuary 8, 2012

The Giants may prove to be much better than their 8-8 record.
The Giants may prove to be much better than their 8-8 record.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Four weeks ago the Packers were being talked about as the greatest team of all time.

Now, experts are questioning whether they can win a single playoff game. 

The New York Giants put up an impressive 24-2 win against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon, sealing their ticket to Green Bay for a divisional round matchup next week. And these Giants are eerily similar to the Giant squad who crept through the playoffs to a Super Bowl title in 2008.

For the Packers, the Giants have everything you don't want your opponent to have in the playoffs. A hot quarterback, an stingy defense, and a very stable running game on the legs of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.

Contrarily, the Packers aren't quite as close to fluidity on the field as the Giants are. In week 17 they gave up 38 points to the Detroit Lions, and although the team scored 45 points themselves, Aaron Rodgers didn't play, so come next Sunday at Lambeau, he won't have seen the field for three weeks.

Meanwhile, Eli Manning will be fresh off a 277-yard, three touchdown performance against the Falcons.

Hot teams in the playoffs go a long way. The Giants are on a three-game winning streak and have a roster equally as full of players with rings as the Packers do. Don't think the Giants aren't expecting to win.

The best team in the NFL better watch out.