July 21, 2024

A pair of NFC teams do battle on the gridiron as they collide in search of a victory in the Garden State. The Green Bay Packers are on the road as they make the trip to take on the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Green Bay comes in off a 27-19 home win over Kansas City on Sunday Night Football last week in their previous game, winning outright as a six-point underdog. New York comes in off a bye week last week: they downed New England 10-7 in overtime at home in their previous game back on November 26, winning outright as a 3.5-point underdog. In the all-time regular season series between the teams, the Packers own a 29-24-2 advantage though the Giants picked up a 27-22 road win in the most recent matchup on October 9, 2022.

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Green Bay Packers Looking to Maintain Recent Surge
Green Bay won their third straight and their fourth in the last five games as they took down the defending champion Chiefs at home last Sunday night. The Packers evened their record at 6-6 on the season and they were tied for second in the NFC North heading into this weekend, three games behind the Lions. They held the final wild card spot in the NFC entering week 14 thanks to their head-to-head win over the Rams. Against the Chiefs, the Packers never trailed, leading 7-3 after the opening quarter, 14-6 at the half and 21-12 after three quarters. Green Bay got a couple of field goals in the final stanza after the Chiefs cut the lead to 21-19, then got a trio of stops defensively down the stretch to thwart the Chiefs’ comeback attempt. The Packers held a 382-337 edge in total offense, owned a 30:32 to 29:28 advantage in time of possession and forced the game’s lone turnover to offset being beaten 25-24 in first downs in the game.
This season, the Packers are 18th in the league in passing offense with an average of 224.7 yards per game this season. Green Bay is 20th in the league in rushing offense as they grind out 104.9 yards per contest. The Packers are 17th in the league in scoring offense as they pile up an average of 21.5 points per game this year. Green Bay stands 9th in the league in scoring defense by giving up an average of 20.3 points a contest on the season. Jordan Love is 250 of 408 passing for 2,866 yards with 22 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He has 231 rushing yards plus two scores while getting sacked 24 times. AJ Dillon leads the team in rushing with 149 carries for 521 yards plus a score on the year. Aaron Jones (66 carries, 245 yards, two TD) and Patrick Taylor (16 carries, 71 yards) have been involved in the run game as well. Jayden Reed (40 receptions, 513 yards, five TD) and Romeo Doubs (45 receptions, 505 yards, seven TD) are the top two receiving options for the Packers this season. Jones (19 receptions, 169 yards, TD), Luke Musgrave (33 catches, 341 yards, TD), Christian Watson (28 grabs, 422 yards, five TD) and Dontayvion Wicks (23 grabs, 374 yards, TD) are other options in the passing game. Anders Carlson has hit 23 of 26 extra point attempts and 17 of 21 field goal attempts with a long of 52 this season.

On the injury report, there are plenty of key names to watch for as the weekend goes on. Linebacker Quay Walker (shoulder) and wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) both failed to practice Thursday and Friday. Cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder), linebackers De’Vondre Campbell (neck) along with Rashan Gary (shoulder), running backs Dillon (groin) along with Jones (knee), defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (elbow), wide receiver Reed (chest) and safety Jonathan Owens (knee) were each limited both days. Safety Darnell Savage (chest) didn’t practice Thursday and was limited Friday while guard/tackle Elgton Jenkins (shoulder) was limited Thursday but didn’t practice Friday. Watch through the weekend for any further updates regarding their respective statuses.

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New York Giants Seeking to Play Spoiler
New York is rested as they come in off a bye and they had momentum with two straight wins going into the bye after downing New England in overtime in their most recent game. The Giants enter this week 4-8 on the season and they are third in the NFC East. They were 12th in the NFC playoff standings, two games behind the Packers for the final playoff spot. Against New England, New York saw the game scoreless after the opening quarter, led 7-0 at the half and saw the game tied at seven after three quarters. The Giants capitalized on a takeaway to kick the go-ahead field goal with 8:09 remaining and held on after New England missed a potential game-tying 35-yard field goal with three seconds to play. New York was outgained 283-220 in total offense, gave up 18 first downs while picking up 10 and lost time of possession by a 34:06 to 25:54 margin yet still prevailed. The Giants forced three turnovers while committing only one, which proved critical in the contest.
For the season, the Giants are averaging 151.6 yards per game through the air, leaving them 32nd in the league in that department. New York is running for an average of 107.1 yards per contest, leaving them 18th in the league in that category. The Giants are 31st in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 13.3 points per game this season. New York is 26th in the league in scoring defense by giving up an average of 24.3 points a contest. Daniel Jones has completed 108 of 160 passes for 909 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions while getting sacked 30 times this season. He is second on the team with 40 carries for 206 yards plus a score on the ground. Tyrod Taylor is 57 of 87 for 579 yards plus two scores while running for 98 yards on the year. Tommy DeVito is 66 of 105 for 697 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions while adding 83 yards plus a score on the ground. Saquon Barkley leads the team in rushing as he has run the ball 165 times for 697 yards and a score. Matt Breida (50 carries, 125 yards, TD) and Gary Brightwell (nine carries, 19 yards) are next in line in that department. Tight end Darren Waller (384 yards, TD) shares the team lead with 36 receptions on the season. Wan’Dale Robinson (36 grabs, 265 yards, TD), Darius Slayton (32 catches, 435 yards, TD), Jalin Hyatt (17 receptions, 330 yards), Barkley (28 catches, 168 yards, four TD) and Isaiah Hodgins (15 grabs, 154 yards, two TD) are other options that have seen their fair share of action in the passing game this season. Graham Gano has hit all eight extra point attempts and 11 of 17 field goal attempts with a long of 57 this season. Randy Bullock has hit seven of seven extra points and three of three field goal attempts with a long of 42.

On the injury front, tackle Evan Neal (ankle) missed practice Thursday and Friday. Tight end Daniel Bellinger (illness) missed Friday’s practice while linebacker Isaiah Simmons (ankle) plus defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence (hamstring) and A’Shawn Robinson (hamstring) were limited both days. Keep an eye out for any further information leading up to kickoff.

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These two teams have established some positive momentum after rough starts to the season. While the Giants likely got into gear too late to make a serious push to the postseason, the Packers enter this week holding the final wild card spot in the NFC. Green Bay has gotten stellar work from Love in this three-game win streak, which has helped them down the Chargers, Lions and Chiefs. He has the edge over DeVito, even with as well as the rookie has played of late. Brian Daboll announced that he would remain the starter this week, even with the return of Taylor from injured reserve. While the Giants are at home, the Packers have the edge on both sides of the ball. Look for Love to take advantage of the soft corners that the Giants have and deliver the Packers a fourth straight victory.

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