NFL Week 9 Picks: Giants and Packers Continue to Roll Against Failing Powers

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 3, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 09:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after failing to make a first down against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 9, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Being the hopeless romantic, I will concentrate on the good parts of two marquee games this weekend. We should laud the Giants and Packers with praise, and disregard the Patriots and Chargers as much as possible. 

Finally we have some real scorchers presented in the schedule. I was ready to phone in the rest of the season after some boring couple weeks of football. 

Alas, we have some clashes that really matter. There is always a caveat and these games come with the obvious realization of who will win. Here is a brief breakdown of both the Giants and Patriots battle in New England as well as the Packers heading to San Diego. 

Packers at Chargers: Let's get the Chargers' best chance of victory out of the way. The Packers' weakness lies in the secondary, and it's a big one. 

Green Bay is very forgiving to quarterbacks wishing to get vertical. That, my friends, is about it for upside in regards to the Chargers. Everything else is pure Green Bay. 

I would even consider the Packers defense to be in store for a fine day on Sunday. Philip Rivers has been a ghost of his former self. He is a bumbling mess and has shown no signs of figuring things out. This will be a relatively easy test for the Packers to pass. 

Giants at Patriots: The big news is that Ahmad Bradshaw will be out due to a fractured foot. No matter, this team is used to playing with a bevy of stars being injured. 

This is going to be a close game that will come down to who has the last laugh. Get ready for a shootout of epic proportions. I have to take the Giants and their complement of receivers. 

I also like the Giants defense in stalling the Pats more than I do the Patriots returning the favor. This has all the makings of another loss for New England and the worst secondary in the league. 

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