NFL playoffs are set and we start to see the action this Saturday and Sunday. Precisely when we will see the Giants taking on the Packers. Call it coincidence, but the last two times the Giants met the Packers in the playoffs, New York has gone into Lambeau, beaten Green Bay and gone on to eventually win the Super Bowl.
Can this team that averaged 19.4 points per game this season really go into Lambeau and beat the Packers on their home turf for the third straight time? Bookmakers say no as they set the Packers as 6-point favorites on the opening line for this contest, the total was hovering around 47 earlier in the week. The Giants have not covered the spread this season in a game they’ve lost.
Additionally, the Giants have dropped two of their last three road games and gave up 24 points in both those matchups. New York is 2-5 this season when giving up over 20 points and it’s tough to find an offense the Giants have played that compares with the one the Packers have been rolling out the last few weeks. Get for betting on NFL playoffs.
The Giants are 2-9 SU and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog of 3.5 or less.
The Packers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home against teams with winning records.
The Giants are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in wild-card games.
Can the Giants cover the spread?
First of all, New York has the defense to slow down Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has been nearly unstoppable during his team’s six-game winning streak. Rodgers morphed into a legit NFL MVP candidate down the stretch with 15 touchdowns and no interceptions, but the Giants have found a way to cool off some of the hottest signal-callers during that same stretch.
They have also won three of the past four meetings with Green Bay straight up, going 4-0-1 against the spread in the previous five games between the teams.
Can the Packers cover the spread?
Nobody ever wants to play Green Bay at Lambeau, and the team did an outstanding job of avoiding a trip to Seattle by beating the Detroit Lions 31-24 to secure the NFC North title on Sunday night.
The Packers should be motivated to defeat Eli Manning’s squad next and continue what they hope will be their first Super Bowl run in seven years. The Packers have moved up to a 7.9 percent chance to win Super Bowl 51 at PredictionMachine.com thanks to their hot run. They have won seven of their last nine home games against teams with winning records, including a 23-16 victory against New York back in Week 5.
In their first meeting earlier this season, the Green Bay secondary held Manning to just 199 passing yards, and that matchup will likely determine the outcome of this game.
Manning simply cannot afford to play that poorly if the Giants are going to advance. He had an up-and-down season overall, throwing for 201 yards or less in five of his last six games. Sign up at HeritageSports.eu and start betting on NFL Playoffs.