Green Bay Packers Preview at New York Giants

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Green Bay Packers Preview at New York Giants
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Trey Wingo and ESPN are talking about Green Bay going undefeated, not the Packers

The Green Bay Packers are a good news, bad news thing for sensationalized NFL television coverage.

Now that Brett Favre is no longer worth their obsession (Wednesday, they would not even mention his name, referring to him as "Voldemort" and the "Ol' Gunslinger No. 4"), they have gravitated toward the much-more positive Tim Tebow. But they have to talk about the actual game sometimes.

The reality is, the Packers' visit to New York to play the slumping Giants is not that compelling a story. Whether the defending champs go unbeaten is.

They showed a simulation that listed Green Bay's chances to win each individual game, and Sunday's matchup is the only one that is not higher than 75 percent. But multiplying the chances against each other to determine the probability of running the table resulted in just over a 30 percent chance.

That may seem low, but the Packers do face four teams with winning records. There is always a chance of injury, of the Packers resting starters or of weather that nullifies Green Bay's passing game and forced the game to be determined by running proficiency (yikes!).

That is exactly why the Packers are not talking about it. The only thing the coaches and players are focused on is the next game.

It is boring for ESPN, and it is bad news for the next opponent. Games at this level are won between the ears (preparation, scheme and mentality), as is obvious because the 9-2 San Francisco 49ers have almost the identical roster to last year's 6-10 team.

New York has home field advantage. Momentum, confidence, determination, focus, coaching and four extra days off all favour Green Bay. But how do the players on the field matchup?

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