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Giants vs. Packers, Week 13: Big Blue View staff picks

How do our writers see this one unfolding?

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How do your Big Blue View contributors see Sunday’s New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers game unfolding? Let’s find out.

Chris Pflum

Do the Giants of New York have a chance of beating the Packers of Green Bay?

Well, there is always a chacne that a bad team can catch a better team overlooking them and come away with the upset. And the Packers do have weaknesses that the Giants can exploit, namely an average group of linebackers on defense and a inexperienced right tackle, an uninspiring receiving corps, and a (good) quarterback who is prone to holding the ball on offense.

That might be enough to keep things close for a while, but eventually I think the Packers will walk away with the game. The Packers aren’t a team to make many mistakes, and the Giants have benefitted from one of the highest opponent penalty rates in the league (sixth-most among teams that have played 11 games).

Ultimately, I think the Giants’ skid lasts another week.

Pick: Packers 28, Giants 17
Season record: 8-3

Joe DeLeone

As the Giants losing streak continues to grow, they are faced with another unfavorable matchup. While the Green Bay Packers looked unproductive against the 49ers last week, they’re still one of the best teams in the NFC. Defensively and offensively the Giants are significantly out matched in this game. There shouldn’t be much of an expectation for this game to be very close.

Pick: Packers 35, Giants 10
Season record: 8-3

Matt Williamson

The Giants have been getting tortured by opposing quarterbacks. And now Aaron Rodgers comes to town. The Packers run defense is all over the place, but is New York capable of exploiting this area of weakness? I have my doubts and after getting embarrassed last week, expect Rodgers and company to come to New York with guns a blazing.

Pick: Green Bay 31, New York 17
Season record: 8-3

Emily Iannaconi

The Giants seven-game losing streak will live to see another week as New York returns home for the first time in about a month to host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are 2-0 after losses this season and they suffered a particularly bad one last week to the San Francisco 49ers, losing 37-8. Combine that need for redemption with an 8-3 record that is tied for first place in the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings, and the Packers have a whole lot more to play for than the Giants. The windy and potentially snowy weather predicted for this game will not help either sideline, but the Packers are as prepared for that as any NFL team. I predict the Giants dropping to 2-10 in front of their home crowd Sunday.

Pick: Packers 31, Giants 14
Season record: 4-2

Joseph Czikk

I blew it last week picking the Giants to edge the hapless Bears (who consequently beat the equally hapless Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving for their second straight win). That pick didn’t go well for me.

But this pick will. That’s because there’s no chance on God’s green earth that the Giants beat the Packers on Sunday. The Packers are a better team in all facets of the game. Talking to a friend recently, we both agreed that in year two we should see Daniel Jones take a big step. He has a capable offense around him and there’s a lot of reason to feel good about next year. What the Giants need to focus on is upgrading his offensive line and, obviously, the defense.

Until year two, it’ll be tough sailing. Packers win this one.

Pick: Packers 35 - Giants 21
Season record: 6-4

Ed Valentine

I don’t see how anyone can pick the Giants to win this game. They have seven straight losses and are playing out the string of another losing season. The Packers are coming off an embarrassing loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and are fighting for an NFC North title.

The Giants have been overmatched on defense all season, and have helped struggling quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins, Sam Darnold and Mitchell Trubisky get back on the right track. Now, they have to face future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers don’t have a great defense, but they do have a pair of edge rushers in Za-Darius Smith and Preston Smith who have to be salivating at one-on-one matchups with Nate Solder and Mike Remmers.

It’s going to take a confluence of strange occurrences for the Giants to win this game. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Pick: Packers 30, Giants 17
Season record: 8-3