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Giants-Packers ‘5 questions’: Jordan Love, Aaron Rodgers, more

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With the New York Giants facing the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, our ‘5 questions’ segment this week is with SB Nation’s Acme Packing Company. APC’s Kris Burke answers our queries.

Ed: Assess the first year with Jordan Love under center for Green Bay. He sure looked like a star Sunday night against Kansas City. Have the Packers done it again at quarterback?

Kris: I think his predecessor said it best this week: Don’t crown him yet.

The hope and expectation for him this year was that he would show growth. After spinning his tires early in the season, the growth is coming the last few weeks. There will still be some downs but the positive thing is Love is incredibly poised. He doesn’t get rattled easily, if at all.

I’m not ready to put in ink that the Packers have done it again, but things are definitely starting to point in that direction.

Ed: I’m guessing that you have watched the Aaron Rodgers saga with the Jets with some fascination. I’m curious for your thoughts on Rodgers as he has managed to keep the spotlight on himself all season while playing a grand total of four snaps. In the end, are you glad he’s gone?

Kris: I’ll never NOT miss Rodgers the player. He is one the most gifted passers of the football the game will ever see. There were a lot of fun moments throughout his time in Green Bay and I can’t take those away from him.

That being said, I don’t miss the off the field antics. While it’s better than any legal trouble players can find themselves in, Rodgers’ bit of doing and/or things for the sake of getting attention got old and was very polarizing. He is entitled to his opinions and no I am not trying to “cancel” him.

He just has a narcissistic streak that could make a certain former president cringe. I don’t miss that at all.

Ed: If you could take any Giants player and put him into Green Bay’s lineup, who would it be? Why?

Kris: If you include players on injured reserve, I have to go with Darren Waller.

The Packers clearly feel the same because they tried to get him in the trade of Davante Adams to the Raiders. The Packers ended up taking two tight ends in that draft in Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft but they could still have used a veteran there.

An experienced pass catcher at ANY position probably would have helped Love earlier in the year.

Currently active? It’s crazy but I guess Saquon Barkley even if Green Bay has Aaron Jones. The two in the same backfield would make Matt LaFleur’s mouth water.

Ed: By snap weighted age rankings, the Giants have fielded the league’s second-youngest team this season. The Packers are No. 1. Considering that, and the way Green Bay is playing recently, how optimistic are you about the team’s future?

Kris: At this moment, extremely. Christian Watson’s ability to stay healthy concerns me but Dontayvion Wicks and Jayden Reed alone make up a promising young receiver group. Seeing Watson come on lately when healthy makes me think this offense could have a breakout year in 2024.

The defense is a little cloudier. They badly need a safety even if Darnell Savage looks much better. They also need someone else along the line with Kenny Clark.

The Packers surrounded Rodgers with a good defense in his second and third year as a starter and he won a Super Bowl.

Maybe the same can happen for Jordan Love?

Ed: DraftKings Sportsbook has the Packers as 6-point favorites. Have you got this one chalked up as an easy Green Bay victory? If the Giants are going to win it, what might that look like?

Kris: This is a game the Packers should win, but they’re still young. This is a classic trap game for a young group. They could easily look past the opponent this week and get caught sleeping.

If the Giants win, that probably means the Green Bay offense’s inconsistency flared back up and Saquon Barkley probably had a healthy game. The Packers can’t stop the run very well and that’s one area the Giants could excel in that could lead to an upset win.