On the one hand: It looks like the Giants might be getting their leading rusher, Ahmad Bradshaw, back after a foot injury has kept him out of the last four games.
On the other hand: It’s tough for a running back to just pick up where he left off several weeks before, especially considering that Bradshaw will not practice much this week. His coach has still not confirmed Bradshaw’s availability for Sunday. The Giants are ranked dead last in rushing yards on the season. Bradshaw has not had a spectacular season, averaging just under 63 yards per game, and has had only one game with more than 100 yards.
On the one hand: Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk will both be sidelined for the game. Rookie D.J. Smith will handle the defensive calls.
|Bishop is the team's leading tackler. |
On the one hand: Giants’ linebacker Michael Boley also looks like he will return from a hamstring injury that has held him out the last two days. Justin Tuck, Antrel Rolle, Derrick Martin, and Victor Cruz all participated fully in practice after various injuries prevented them from full practices earlier in the week.
|Justin Tuck is one of my fave non-Packers players. He's a beast!|
On the one hand: The Giants’ pass rush has been very disappointing. Particularly on Monday night, they were unable to put any sort of pressure on Drew Brees.
|The Giants' D might force Aaron to run more than he'd like.|
On the one hand: Eli Manning is their quarterback.
|I've always hated Eli.|
On the one hand: The Giants are desperate. They’ve lost their last three, and Monday night was particularly embarrassing. Even their own coaches questioned their efforts. The Giants need this win to try to keep their playoff chances alive. It’s at the Meadowlands. Pretty much the whole season is on the line for these Giants.
On the other hand: The same could be said of last season’s game against the Giants. After their humiliation at the hands of DeSean Jackson and the Eagles the previous week, I thought they would come out blazing, but instead, they laid down in 45-17 slaughter. The Packers, this whole year, have seemed to have had a good mentality about not underestimating their opponents. They’ll be aware of the Giants’ position and won’t be caught sleeping.
On the one hand: Aaron Rodgers looks unstoppable. The fact that his past two weeks - 45/67, 608 yards, 5 TDs, 114.5 passer rating - seem pedestrian for him says all you need to know about the way he is playing. The Giants have a good pass rush, but Aaron’s better. And Eli simply cannot keep up with the Packers’ offense, should this game turn into the shootout.
|And it's his birthday.|