NFL Playoffs: 5 Reasons the Packers Will Face a Giant Upset
Green Bay is getting ready to play the 2007 New York Giants. The Giants are a tough squad this year after basically beating the Packers at home in Week 13. New York is coming off one of the best games in its franchise's history, and seem destined to walk into Lucas Oil Stadium and beat the Texans.
Aaron Rodgers is going to have to outperform Matt Flynn in practice this week to win back his starting position after posting only zero yards in Week 17. While I believe that Rodgers can get it done against the Packers' porous defense, getting it right against the Giants All-Pro caliber defense will be a different story.
Eli Manning easily is the leading MVP candidate this season after posting history-making numbers. He blew out his competition consistently and deserves another ring. With the Giants rushing game returning to what it was four seasons ago, look for this Giants team to be unstoppable.
Here are five reasons the Giants will beat the Packers in Green Bay.
The 2007 New York Giants Know How to Win Road Playoff Games
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The 2007 New York Giants went 4-0 in the playoffs. They won three of those games on the road. Clearly, this Giants team is capable of making the greatest runs of all time. Will they do it this year?
You can bet on it.
This Giants team knows how to run the ball, knows how to throw the ball down field and knows how to play defense. They have all the tools to upset (or should I say take care of business against) Green Bay. Honestly, if New York plays like it did four years ago, they will rock the Packers.
Yes, the Packers are at home. But the Giants gained a lot of experience in 2007 when they won three road playoff games and should be able to handle a game in Green Bay. The Packers actually played all their playoff games last year on the road as well, so they have probably forgotten how to play at home.
Also, don't forget that the Giants beat the Packers in the 2007 NFC Championship game in Green Bay. Obviously, the Packers can't handle the Giants come playoff time.
Donald Driver Is Having His Worst Season
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Aaron Rodgers has had a solid year this season, but he's had to play with Donald Driver as his starting wide receiver all year.
Just because of that, it makes Rodgers' season looks that much better.
In spite of Driver, Rodgers has thrown for 45 touchdown passes this year. While that's a good number, it would have been much better with a productive Donald Driver at the wide receiver position.
Driver didn't even accumulate 500 receiving yards this year. Where has he been? Rodgers has been forced to throw to James Jones and Randall Cobb this year without Driver being a consistent target.
Check that. Driver has been consistent. Consistently non-existent.
The Packers are not going to win a playoff game without Driver playing great. While Driver did have a 90-yard touchdown reception against the Giants back in 2007, we all know that was four years ago and doesn't matter.
The Packers Defense Is Awful
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The Giants might set some records in their upcoming game against Green Bay.
Records for most points scored in a playoff game.
The Giants' extraordinary offense will pick apart the Packers' Swiss cheese defense to the tune of 50-plus. Don't believe me?
The Packers rank 32nd in total defense this year.
Clearly this Packers team can't stop Eli Manning and Co., so they will have a hard time beating them this Sunday. Also, we all remember what happened in 2007 when the Packers only scored 20 points on this Giants defense.
How are the Packers going to beat the Giants only scoring 20 points? Yes, the Giants only scored 23 points, but that was in 2007 so they can probably bump that total up to about 45.
The Packers Lost to the Chiefs
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Let's be honest here. If the Packers can't even beat the Chiefs, then how are they going to beat the Giants?
Let's just say it's not looking too good.
The Chiefs are a team that lost to the Raiders the next week after they played the Packers. They also only scored seven points against the Broncos. Basically, the Chiefs had no business winning a game, and yet the Packers made it look easy for them.
The Packers are not going to be able to beat a quality team in the postseason if they fall asleep against bad teams like the Chiefs. They have to know how to game-plan for poor opponents and execute those game plans.
Also, considering Kyle Orton beat the Packers, just imagine what Eli Manning will do. It's pretty scary, isn't it?
Howard Green Can't Do It All by Himself
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Howard Green has been counted on this season to post big numbers and provide consistent impact for this Packers defense. Ever since Cullen Jenkins left in Free Agency, Green has been asked to rush the passer and stop the run. So far, Green has disappointed.
The Packers have the worst defense in the NFL, and Green can be blamed. Packer fans have been yelling at their TV every week when they realize Green is still not getting it done for the Packers defensive line.
The Giants come into Green Bay with Tuck and Pierre-Paul. Who do the Packers have?
Green and Harrell.
The Packers D-line will continue to be useless this Sunday, and that will help the Giants rush for boatloads of touchdowns.
So there you have it. The Packers are not going to be able to beat the Giants this weekend. The Giants have regained there 2007 mojo, and you know what, so have the Packers.
Anyone seeing Rodgers throwing a game-ending interception in overtime?
It happened in 2007, so you can pencil it in for this Sunday.