Packers vs. Giants Line has Green Bay at -7

Written by:
Carrie Stroup
Published on:
Dec/02/2011
Packers vs. Giants Line has Green Bay at -7

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Sportsbook.com Line & Total: Green Bay -7 & 52

Opening Line & Total: Packers -6 & 52

The Giants try to end a three-game losing streak when they host Green Bay, the best team in the NFL, on Sunday.

The Packers will be facing a team similar to the Detroit squad they pounded on Thanksgiving Day, but the Giants throw the football much better than the Lions could with Matthew Stafford’s injured throwing hand. The Packers have allowed the second-most passing yards in the league (288 YPG) and Manning should be less affected by the swirling winds in the Meadowlands in December, than opposing QB Aaron Rodgers might be. Both of these teams are among the four worst rushing offenses in the NFL, but New York could get RB Ahmad Bradshaw back on the field. His return should enable the Giants to establish the run against a Packers defense with three linebackers questionable to play due to injuries.

The Packers have 17 straight victories, and their winning streak began the day after Christmas last year when they pounded the Giants 45-17. Rodgers had 404 passing yards and 4 TD that game, and he has been nothing short of amazing since. This season, Rodgers is on pace for the best passer rating in the history of the NFL. His 127.7 rating factors in his 72% completion rate, 3,475 passing yards, 33 TD and just four interceptions. The numbers are even more impressive when you look at how bad the rushing offense has been (97 YPG), especially in the past three weeks (78 YPG, 3.3 YPC).

Although the Packers rushing defense has been decent (105.5 YPG, 13th in NFL), they could be without LBs Desmond Bishop (calf), A.J. Hawk (calf) and Frank Zombo (hamstring). Bishop leads the Packers with 97 tackles (75 solo) and is tied for the team lead with five sacks. Hawk is third on the team in tackles with 60 (38 solo).

The Giants have had some December issues at home, going 4-11 SU (and 6-9 ATS) at the Meadowlands after December 1 since 2005. QB Eli Manning has a career 74.3 passer rating in December, including a 4-INT game last December against Green Bay. In Monday Night’s 49-24 loss in New Orleans, the already banged-up Giants that were missing Bradshaw (foot), WR Mario Manningham (knee) and LB Michael Boley (hamstring), managed to sustain a few more injuries. DE Osi Umenyiora sprained his ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Boley’s replacement, LB Mark Herzlich, also sprained his ankle, but he expects to play Sunday. Top WR Hakeem Nicks suffered a rib contusion against the Saints, but was able to return to the game and expects to play Sunday.

Despite the lopsided score on Monday night, Manning threw for 406 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT with WR Victor Cruz catching nine passes for 157 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns (72 yards and 4 yards). Considering Green Bay has allowed 270+ net passing yards eight times this season, Manning could have another big performance.

- Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter

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