The second NFC wildcard game takes place Sunday, January 8th at Lambeau Field in Green Bay where the Packers will be hosting the New York Giants. Green Bay captured the NFC North Division on the final day of the campaign when they downed Detroit 31-24 in Motor City. A Lions win would have seen them take the division, but Green Bay clinched it with their sixth straight win and their 10-6 record.
The Giants played spoiler in their season finale by beating the Redskins 19-10 in Washington and knocking them out of playoff contention. The Giants went 11-5 this season and placed second in the NFC East after winning eight of their final 10 games. The Packers beat the Giants 23-13 in Green Bay when they met October 9th and each team is 5-5 in their last 10 meetings.
Giants vs Packers – Bovada NFL Betting Line:
- Point Spread: Bovada lists the Packers at -4.5 points at -115 with the Giants +4.5 points at -105
- Over/Under : the under is 44.5 points at -105 and the over is 44.5 points at -115
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Giants vs Packers Betting Trends:
New York Giants:
- Season record: 11-5 straight up, 8-6-2 against the spread
- The total has been under in seven of the Giants’ past eight contests
- The Giants have gone 9-2 in their past 11 outings
- The total has been under in seven of the Giants’ last eight road games
- The Giants have gone 3-4-2 against the spread on their past nine road trips
- The Giants have gone 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five meetings with Green Bay
Green Bay Packers:
- Season record: 10-6 straight up, 8-7-1 against the spread
- The total has been over in all five of the Packers’ past five contests
- The Packers are 5-0 in their last five outings
- The Packers are 4-1 in their last five home games
- The total has been under in 10 of the Packers’ past 14 home encounters
- The Packers have gone 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings with the Giants
- The Packers have gone 1-3-1 against the spread in their past five home games with the Giants
New York Giants – A Closer Look:
The Giants had a good season at 11-5 and were rewarded for it with their first playoff appearance in five years and the fifth seed in the NFC. They scored an average of 19.4 points per game this year and allowed just 17.8 against each week. Ben McAdoo is basically known as an offensively-minded head coach, but the Giants’ defense stood out this year and their 17.8 points against per contest was the second-lowest total in the league. The Giants also led the NFL in takeaways from week 7 until the end of the season with 21 of them. New York also finished the year on a high note defensively by giving up 10 or fewer points to their opponents in three of their last four games.
The Giants really picked up the pace from mid-season onwards when it came to pickoffs and sacks as they finished seventh and 15th in the league in those departments respectively. Offensively, quarterback Eli Manning and the rest of the crew averaged 251.7 passing yards per game this year and scored 26 receiving touchdowns. Green Bay gives up an average of 268.6 yards in the air this year, which is the second-most in the league, so expect the Giants to utilize a passing attack, especially since they averaged just 3.5 yards a carry in 2016/17. The Giants were .500 on the road this year at 4-4 and were 3-3-2 against the spread .
Green Bay Packers – A Closer Look:
Green Bay ended the season as one of the league’s hottest squads by winning their last six contests. They scored an average of 27 points a game and conceded 24.3 an outing which was good enough to see them capture the NFC North for the fifth time over the past six campaigns. The Packers needed to catch fire since their record stood at 4-6 after 10 games. The main reason for the change in fortunes was the play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for an average of 288 yards in the last seven games with 18 touchdowns and not a single interception. Rodgers’ pass-completion rating over those games was 70 per cent and he tossed 40 touchdown passes this season, for the second time in his career.
The offensive outburst led to Green Bay ending the season as the fourth-highest scoring team in the league. The Green Bay ground attack isn’t as effective though as it averaged 106.3 yards per outing this year, which ranked 20th in the league. They’ll also be facing a solid Giants’ run defense. Rodgers will likely be passing the ball to receivers Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson on Sunday as they combined for 26 touchdowns this year. The Green Bay defense needs to do a better job though as they have a hard time defending their opponents’ aerial attacks. They conceded the second-most passing yards in the league this season at 4,308 so expect Manning and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to try and make them pay for it. Green Bay went 6-2 at and 5-2-1 against the spread at home in the regula