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Packers vs Giants Game: Previews & Predictions

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  1. retiredgrampa

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    Pack 23...Giants 17.
     
  2. Zombieslayer

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    If we don't win this game by double digits, I'm going to be pissed.
     
  3. Since69

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    -Brett tosses 3 TDs - Driver, Jones and Bubba (yeah, that Bubba). The Driver and Jones TDs are short passes with big YAC. Brett will wind up with well over 300 yards and a 100+ QB rating. Big day for Bubba, too (yeah, that Bubba).

    -Wynn scores on 2nd or 3rd and goal from the 1.

    -IceMan Crosby tacks on two more FGs.

    -Bigby has a Pick-6 in the 4th qtr.

    -Manning starts, and tosses a long TD to Plaxico before reinjuring his shoulder on a Jenkins sack. Defense dominates from that point, and the Gnats manage two FGs after the Hefty Lefty takes over.

    Final score: Packers 40, Giants 13
     
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    There is something to be said for this. There have been times when we have been pretty beaten up and the better teams came in and took us apart.

    If we are going to be a good team we need to go into situations like this and take advantage of what is in front of us. This should be a game we go in and take them out of contention early.

    I know most other playoff teams would. If that's what we are we need to act like it.
     
  5. TOPHAT

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    Preview

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=660255

    Line: Giants by 1. Series record: Packers lead, 28-22-2.

    Last time they met: The Giants won, 14-7, in Week 4 of the 2004 season. Brett Favre was knocked from the game with a concussion in the third quarter. He missed two plays after defensive lineman William Joseph knocked him to the ground but then returned to throw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker on fourth-and-5. The Packers' medical staff then forced Favre to stay on the sideline. The Giants' Tiki Barber tied the game on a 52-yard TD run and then Kurt Warner gave the Giants the lead on a 4-yard TD pass to Jeremy Shockey with 12 minutes left.

    FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

    1. NO ELI: Giants quarterback Eli Manning is expected to miss a month after suffering a slightly separated shoulder in the Giants' season-opener. That will force Jared Lorenzen, the biggest quarterback in the NFL, into action. Lorenzen is 6-foot-3, 285 pounds and his nicknames include "Hefty Lefty" and "The Pillsbury Throwboy." More important, Lorenzen has appeared in just three games in his four-year career and Green Bay's defense figures to give him fits.

    2. HARRIS VS. BURRESS: Green Bay cornerback Al Harris has shadowed No. 1 receivers for three years now. New York's Plaxico Burress will be one of his greatest tests yet, though. Big, strong, physical and fast, Burress has all the tools. Can Harris hold up?

    3. RUNNING UPHILL: Green Bay managed just 46 yards against Philadelphia, its second-lowest figure in Mike McCarthy's 17 games as head coach. Can the Packers solve their ground woes, or will they be one-dimensional all year?

    4. SPECIAL SHOWING: Green Bay's special teams have been awful for two years now. But they were the biggest reason the Packers beat the Eagles, as Green Bay recovered two fumbled punts and kicker Mason Crosby played hero with a 42-yard field goal with 2 seconds left. Can such performances continue?

    5. EASY TARGETS? New York's starting cornerbacks of Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters have seen their better days. Dallas' Tony Romo went to work on them and the rest of New York's secondary last week. Brett Favre and Green Bay's passing game should certainly have similar opportunities.

    THE MATCHUPS

    QUARTERBACKS

    The Giants suffered a colossal blow if they indeed lost QB Eli Manning to a slight shoulder separation. Manning was sensational in New York's season-opening loss to Dallas (28 of 41, 312 yards, 4 TDs). The Giants will instead go with Jared Lorenzen, a fourth-year player who's thrown just four career passes. The 285-pound Lorenzen is a left-hander who is also the biggest QB in football. He has good arm strength, but lacks mobility and is untested. Green Bay's Brett Favre isn't the player he once was, and has thrown just one TD in his last four games.

    ADVANTAGE: Packers.

    RUNNING BACKS

    The Packers' running game was non-existent vs. Philadelphia, accounting for just 46 yards on 17 carries (2.7). The Giants don't appear as though they'll miss Tiki Barber, who retired after last season. Derrick Ward stepped in for injured starter Brandon Jacobs Sunday and accounted for 116 total yards and one TD.

    ADVANTAGE: Giants.

    RECEIVERS

    Green Bay's group couldn't spread the field vertically against the Eagles and is likely to struggle doing so all season. Plaxico Burress (8-144-3 TDs against Dallas) will be the best wide receiver on the field Sunday. The Packers don't have a tight end close to Jeremy Shockey's level.

    ADVANTAGE: Giants.

    OFFENSIVE LINE

    Much was made this summer about the growth of Green Bay's young offensive linemen. Against the Eagles, though they made little happen in the run game and allowed four sacks. Left tackle David Diehl was the Giants' major question mark this summer. But he and the rest of the unit were outstanding against Dallas as New York piled up 438 yards of total offense.

    ADVANTAGE: Giants.

    DEFENSIVE LINE

    Green Bay's deep and gifted bunch sacked Donovan McNabb just once in the season-opener. But they put solid pressure on McNabb and helped limit the Eagles to 283 yards. New York's Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora are a fantastic pair of defensive ends when healthy. But Umenyiora is likely out with a knee injury and Strahan is still rounding into form after sitting out all summer while mulling retirement. The tackles are so-so.

    ADVANTAGE: Packers.

    LINEBACKERS

    Nick Barnett was a tackling machine vs. Philadelphia. Brady Poppinga was solid in pass coverage. Giants MLB Antonio Pierce is a Pro Bowl quality player, but the group is a major work in progress. Mathias Kiwanuka is converting from DE to SLB and can be exposed.

    ADVANTAGE: Packers.

    SECONDARY

    Green Bay's group held up well against Philadelphia, despite Al Harris leaving for a stretch with an elbow injury. Burress will be one of their greatest tests of the season, though. New York allowed 345 passing yards against Dallas. Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters, New York's starting cornerbacks, looked old and slow against the Cowboys.

    ADVANTAGE: Packers.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    The Packers recovered two fumbles on punt returns - including one for a TD by Tracy White. K Mason Crosby also went 3 for 3 with a 53-yard field goal and the game-winner with 2 seconds left. Giants K Lawrence Tynes has made 78.9% of his career attempts. Sinorice Moss and McQuarters are dangerous returners and P Jeff Feagles is going strong at age 41.

    ADVANTAGE: Packers.

    COACHING

    Tom Coughlin is 25-24 in his four seasons in New York and squarely on the hot seat. He's loathed by many players. Green Bay's Mike McCarthy is 9-8 and has won five consecutive games.

    ADVANTAGE: Packers.
     
  6. porky88

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    Watch Brady Poppinga vs. Jeremy Shockey.

    The Giants will constantly be trying to get that matchup and hopefully Poppinga is up to the challenge.
     
  7. TOPHAT

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    Thursday Practice

    Spitz returns to practice


    It still seems Junius Coston is in line to start Sunday at right guard, but Jason Spitz returned to practice today. Spitz, who has battled a calf strain since minicamp, wore a wrap over his entire lower left leg during the padded workout in The Don Hutson Center. He participated in one-on-one, contact drills against other offensive linemen and appeared to be moving well. Even if Coston starts, Spitz would be active if he's healthy because he's also the top backup at center.

    DE Aaron Kampman (rib) and RB Vernand Morency (knee) didn't do much of note during the more than an hour of practice open to the media. It seems likely Kampman would play through what coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday called an oblique injury, as he did a week ago against Philadelphia. McCarthy said today would be a key test for Morency.

    FS Nick Collins returned after missing Wednesday's practice with what McCarthy called a "positive" personal issue.

    WR Greg Jennings (hamstring), CB Al Harris (elbow) and RB Ryan Grant (hamstring) seemed to be practicing with no trouble.

    S Aaron Rouse (hamstring) and T Tony Moll (neck) again are long shots to be active. WR Carlyle Holiday (knee) did not appear to be participating at all, and his status for Sunday isn't clear.
     
  8. Green_Bay_Packers

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    Nice to see Jennings get through Training. :D
     
  9. TOPHAT

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    KEY MATCHUPS

    http://packers.scout.com/2/679325.html

    Packers-Giants: Key matchups: Harris vs. Burress; McKenzie vs. Kampman; Driver vs. Webster

    Packers CB Al Harris vs. Giants WR Plaxico Burress

    Harris is expecting the Giants' own injury-battered offense to go right at him because he has only one good arm after suffering a sprained right elbow in the opener.
    Although Harris's range of motion will be an issue, Harris probably still will be put on Burress, the Giants' top receiver. Harris is giving up four inches and about 40 pounds to Burress, but is confident he can be effective in the first matchup between the elite players since 2000, when Burress was a rookie with the Steelers and Harris was a nickel back with the Eagles.

    Packers RT Mark Tauscher vs. Giants DE Michael Strahan

    The uncertainty that Umenyiora will play because of a knee injury probably means increased roles for some, including Strahan, who's working himself into game shape after an August hiatus. Strahan has made a lucrative living on the left side of the line, highlighted by his league-record sack at the expense of Favre at the end of the 2001 season. Tauscher must bounce back from an atypical downer of a performance against the Eagles to keep Strahan from renewing acquaintances with Favre in the backfield.

    Giants RT Kareem McKenzie vs. Packers LDE Aaron Kampman

    McKenzie will have to deal with Kampman, especially if the Giants' starting QB is the left-handed Jared Lorenzen. McKenzie is much more a run blocker and might have a more difficult time if he is constantly pass blocking.

    Giants RCB Corey Webster (or rookie Aaron Ross) vs. Packers WR Donald Driver

    Webster will have to deal with Green Bay's star WR at least occasionally on a one-to-one basis, and that could be the test for either one of them. Favre is a genius at isolating his hot receiver and neither of the young CBs (Webster is in his third season) has had much success thus far.
     
  10. TOPHAT

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    http://www.sportsnetwork.com

    The New York Giants are trying to solve themystery that is Eli Manning's shoulder. With or without its starting quarterback, New York will try for its first win of the season on Sunday in its home opener against the Green Bay Packers at Giants Stadium. The Giants fell to the Cowboys, 45-35, last Sunday night in Dallas, but lost more than the game. Starting running back Brandon Jacobs and defensive end Osi Umenyiora both left the contest with knee injuries and did not return. Jacobs will miss up to a month with a MCL sprain of his right knee, while Umenyiora is unlikely to play on Sunday with his ailment. So is corner Kevin Dockery, who suffered an ankle injury in last week's loss. However, the most pressing injury is that to Manning's right shoulder, not only because he is the club's starting quarterback, but because of the varying reports of the injury's severity. Manning hurt himself in the fourth quarter of the Dallas game and did not return to the contest. Following reports had the setback keeping Manning out for about a month as the Giants scheduled an MRI for Monday. The procedure revealed a contusion to the AC joint in the quarterback's right shoulder and he is considered day-to-day. However, Manning did not practice and is officially listed as questionable to start Sunday's matchup.

    Green Bay, meanwhile, will shoot for back-to-back victories to begin a season for the first time since 2001, when the club ripped off three consecutive wins to start the campaign. The Packers come into this contest after a "special" 16-13 last-second victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at home on Sunday. The victory was Green Bay's fifth in a row dating back to last year's regular season. Green Bay's special teams unit accounted for all 16 points in the contest, as rookie kicker Mason Crosby made all three of his field goal attempts and became the first player in NFL history to boot a field goal of 50 or more yards plus a game-winning kick in the final minute of his first NFL game. The Packers' lone touchdown of the game came on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Green Bay's coverage team after the Eagles muffed a punt catch attempt in their own territory. Green Bay's offense struggled in the game and was held out of the end zone. The unit obviously missed running back Vernand Morency (knee) and Greg Jennings (hamstring), who were both inactive for the game. The victory was Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre's 148th of his career, matching Hall of Famer John Elway for the most in NFL history. Favre will try to break that mark when he makes his league-record 239th consecutive start on Sunday.

    SERIES HISTORY

    The Packers hold a 24-21-2 series lead over the Giants in a series that dates back to 1928, but was a 14-7 road loser in the last such meeting during the 2004 campaign. Green Bay had won the three most recent matchups, claiming wins in the Meadowlands in 1998 and 2001, as well as a home triumph in 1995. The clubs have also met five times in the postseason, most recently in 1962, and Green Bay has a 4-1 advantage in that series. New York head coach Tom Coughlin is 1-2 against the Packers during his career, including 0-2 while with Jacksonville from 1995 to 2002. Green Bay's Mike McCarthy will be meeting both Coughlin and the Giants for the first time as a head coach.

    WHEN THE PACKERS HAVE THE BALL

    The Packers managed just 215 net yards and 10 first downs in their game against the Eagles. Only 46 of those yards came on the ground, as rookie back Brandon Jackson was thrust into the starting duty in place of Morency, who has been out since the beginning of training camp. Jackson finished with 40 yards on 15 carries. The absence of Jennings could be part of the reason Favre managed to throw for just 206 yards against the Eagles. Without his fellow wideout in the lineup, Donald Driver was held to only six catches for 66 yards. Jackson was the Packers' second-leading receiver with four catches for 35 yards. Ruvell Martin started in Jennings' place and made two catches totaling 14 yards. Jennings is expected to be back in the lineup this Sunday, while Morency's return is questionable.

    If last week's performance by the Giants' defense against the Cowboys is any indication, Favre will have a lot more room to work with this weekend as he attempts to inch closer to Dan Marino's record of 420 touchdown passes. New York allowed Dallas to pile up 478 total net yards, while Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw for 345 yards. Dallas also totaled 142 yards on the ground. The loss of Umenyiora and defensive back Dockery certainly won't help, though the club still has veteran end Michael Strahan (5 tackles in Week 1) in the mix. Also, having Jennings and Driver, who's been dealing with a sprained foot, slowed will benefit corners R.W. McQuarters and Corey Webster as well as safety Gibril Wilson (8 tackles, 1 INT), who tied for the team lead in tackles last week with middle linebacker Antonio Pierce.

    WHEN THE GIANTS HAVE THE BALL

    Manning was putting together one of the best performances of his career before his injury last week. He threw for 312 yards and matched a career high with four touchdown passes, and now has thrown for a score in 31 of his past 34 starts. If Manning can't go, the start will go to Lorenzen, who completed one of his three passes for seven yards on Sunday. Those were the first three pass attempts of the undrafted free agent's career. The 285-pounder was inactive all of 2005 as New York's third quarterback and appeared in two games last year without attempting a pass. Having wide receiver Plaxico Burress to throw to will surely help Lorenzen if he is pressed into action. Burress had an outstanding game for the Giants last Sunday, hauling in a career-best three TD passes to go along with 144 yards receiving. Amani Toomer (91 receiving yards) led the club with nine catches, and that duo should team with tight end Jeremy Shockey (5 receptions, 41 yards) to put Green Bay's secondary to the test. Derrick Ward replaced Jacobs in the game and rushed for a career-high 89 yards on 13 carries. He also hauled in a touchdown pass in the loss and should get the bulk of the carries this weekend, with Reuben Droughns probably staying at the fullback spot. While Green Bay's offense failed to get anything going last weekend, its defense kept the club in the game. The unit held Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb to 184 yards passing and the Philadelphia offense to 283 total yards. Linebacker Nick Barnett (13 tackles, 1 INT) was all over the field, while defensive tackle Corey Williams had the only Green Bay sack. Defensive end Aaron Kampman, who led the NFC with 15 1/2 sacks last year, failed to get to the quarterback but did finish with six total tackles.

    FANTASY FOCUS

    For the Giants, Manning is likely to be a game-time decision barring any setbacks later in the week and is an extremely risky fantasy start. If Manning doesn't go, Burress and Shockey's values drop as well, so if you own any of those players you are going to have to pay attention to the injury report through Sunday. Favre didn't put up great numbers last week, but does have potential this Sunday, given how many yards and points the Giants defense allowed last week. Even if he's not at 100 percent, Driver is a must-start, as he is Favre's favorite target and will see even more action if Jennings is again slowed. Both New York's Ward and Green Bay's Jackson are worth starting in deep leagues.

    OVERALL ANALYSIS

    A week ago, the Giants would have been the hands-down favorite to take this game. However, the vast number of injuries they have suffered, especially in regards to Manning, now makes this a tough game to call. The Packers defense more than held its own against a high-powered Philadelphia offense, while the Giants were lit up by the Cowboys. That being said, New York does get to return to its friendly home stadium. However, I'll take a healthy Favre over a banged-up Manning any day of the week, and the legendary Packer quarterback should be able to put up some points against a scrambling Giants team. In the end, the Packers become the surprising 2-0 team in the NFL, while the Giants will be left wondering how they can recover.

    Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Packers 21, Giants 20
     
  11. TOPHAT

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    ROBINSON & JENNINGS/MORENCY SORE

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=661970


    Suspended Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson has submitted his application for reinstatement to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but it will be at least five weeks [October 17] before he'll know whether he can resume his career, his agent said.

    Help wanted

    Starter Greg Jennings (hamstring) is iffy for the game Sunday against the New York Giants after experiencing soreness Thursday. The Packers thought they were over the hump with Jennings because of how well he practiced Wednesday, but the hamstring tightened and it's now possible he'll miss a second straight game. In the meantime, No. 4 receiver Carlyle Holiday did not practice because of a sore left knee and remains highly questionable for Sunday. If neither player can go, the Packers would have three receivers and two tight ends on their 45-man active squad.

    More soreness

    Running back Vernand Morency will be shelved another week. Morency continues to have pain in his right knee and isn't able to make it through an entire practice. The coaches have been getting rookies Brandon Jackson and DeShawn Wynn and first-year pro Ryan Grant all the work they can with the No. 1 offense and are letting Morency run plays with the scout team as part of his rehabilitation.

    Short yardage

    Giants quarterback Eli Manning (shoulder), kicker Lawrence Tynes (calf) and end Osi Umenyiora (knee) did not practice. Safety Gibril Wilson (thigh) was added to the injury report.
     
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    Re: ROBINSON & KEY INJURY UPDATES

    Damn. Still hope things work out for this guy.
     
  13. Popcynical

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    Gah.. dangit Greg.
     
  14. TOPHAT

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    Manning Status

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/f...gs_light_tosses_gives_giants_h-2.html?ref=rss


    Eli Manning's 'light' tosses gives Giants heavy choice. Jared Lorenzen practices yesterday. He may get the start against the Packers.

    Optimists can take what Eli Manning said yesterday and believe his shoulder is improving enough to give him a real chance of playing Sunday. But ... not so fast. As backup Jared Lorenzen continues his crash course on the Packers, Manning works only on the side, doing what offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride calls "light throwing" and making one think that such an early return may be a bit too ambitious. The bottom line is there is still no definitive word on Manning's availability against the Packers, still no physical evidence he can play and still no clearance from the medical staff. Speaking for the first time since he started throwing, Manning said yesterday, "I'm feeling better. Better than I did on Monday and Tuesday. So that is the good news. I'm improving but still have some work to do. I know my body better than anybody. We'll just make a decision the next couple of days - hopefully I can keep improving and get better. If I feel I can make all of the throws and help out this team and put us in a situation to win, then I will play." Whether he can make "all the throws" is going to be difficult to determine if Manning doesn't practice. As Gilbride said yesterday, "It's really going to come down to how sore it is, how much strength he has and not only 'can he make the throws?' but 'can he withstand the potential contact?'"
     
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    Packers win 13-9

    We get less than 100 rushing yards.

    Brett gets his first passing TD to Jones..

    Another ugly win, but another win.
     
  16. TOPHAT

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    He was drafted having such a durability concern. Goes with territory.
     
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    Re: Manning Status



    Heh heh. "potential" contact. lol. That guy must be the world's biggest optimist.


    :pop:
     
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    SCOUT.COM PREDICTIONS: GENERALLY PACK

    http://packers.scout.com/2/679672.html

    PackerReport.com staff predictions: Most on pundit panel feel Packers will improve to 2-0 by beating wounded Giants

    W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 1-0
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
    Sunday's game: Packers 23, Giants 20
    Comment: Eli Manning, no Eli Manning. Whatever. As long as it's not Peyton Manning, this game is winnable. An aggressive Packer 'D' along with the 'Colorado Cannon' Mason Crosby will carry this team until the offense finds its way.
    Bob Fox, Correspondent
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 1-0
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 10-6
    Sunday's game: Packers 27, Giants 10
    Comment: The karma seems to be working out well for the Green Bay Packers, at least early in the 2007 season. The Packers offense generated only 3 points last week, yet defeated the Eagles 16-13 thanks to their defense and special teams. This week at looks like the Packers will catch a break as it looks like the Giants could be without QB Eli Manning, RB Brandon Jacobs and DE Osi Umenyiora. Manning could still play but would be limited with a separated shoulder. The Packers will get back WR Greg Jennings as QB Brett Favre will try and attack a Giant secondary that gave up 336 yards against Dallas last week. The Giants also gave up 142 yards rushing against the Cowboys, so expect the Packers to run the ball with more authority after gaining just 46 yards against the Eagles.

    Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 1-0
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 8-8
    Sunday's game: Packers 20, Giants 13
    Comment: If Eli Manning doesn't play, make this 23-6. New York is just what the doctor ordered for a punchless Packers offense to get going a bit.

    Tom Andrews, Correspondent
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 1-0
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 8-8
    Sunday's game: Giants 17, Packers 14
    Comment: The Packers face their first road test of the season and, with Vernand Morency and Greg Jennings still likely to sit out with injuries, the young Green Bay offense is very thin. Having said that, if the defense can keep the game close, Mason Crosby could again emerge as the hero. How the young Packers respond to the hostile New York crowd will also be a big factor.

    Tyler Dunne, Correspondent/Rookie pundit
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 1-0
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
    Sunday's game: Packers 24, Giants 10
    Comment: Packers 24, Giants 10 Comment: Green Bay's offense may be inexperienced, but New York's is in turmoil. The Packers 'D' will have a field day against an injury-riddled Giants offense and Brett Favre will exploit a shaky N.Y. secondary for two or three big gains.

    Jay Royle, Publisher
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 1-0
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 9-7
    Sunday's game: Packers 24, Giants 10
    Comment: Pack needs to capitalize on the Giants’ injuries. With that said, this prediction is assuming Eli Manning doesn’t play. If he does, this game will be closer and could go either way.

    Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 0-1
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
    Sunday's game: Packers 13, Giants 10
    Comment: Get used to the low scoring games, but if they mean wins for the Packers, the fans will be happy enough. If the Packers can get Morency and Jennings back this week, maybe they'll sniff the end zone a time or two. Otherwise, they'll have to rely on Crosby again.

    Harry Sydney, Correspondent
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 0-1
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
    Sunday's game: Packers 17, Giants 14
    Comment: The defense will shut down the Giants, especially if Eli Manning doesn't play, which I don't expect he will. Hopefully Bob Sanders will not let Jared Lorenzen get comfortable. Do I expect more special teams turnovers? No, but I expect them to play aggressively and I do expect the offense to be more productive. Then again, anything will be an improvement.

    Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 0-1
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record: 7-9
    Sunday's game: Packers 24, Giants 10
    Comment: The Giants allowed 45 points last week, the Packers 13. The Giants may be giving 280-pound QB Jared Lorenzen, "The Pillsbury Throwboy," his first NFL start, while the Packers start Brett Favre for like the millionth time in a row. Any questions?

    Todd Korth, Managing Editor
    Packers 2007 season prediction record: 0-1
    Pre-season prediction on Green Bay's 2007 record will be 8-8
    Sunday's game: Packers 20, Giants 10
    Comment: The Packers offense will bounce back from a sub-par performance against the Eagles and put more points on the board against the Giants, who enter this weekend last in overall defense in the league. Green Bay’s defense is for real, therefore, don’t expect more than one touchdown from the Giants, whether Eli Manning is at quarterback or Jared Lorenzen.
     
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    FRIDAY INJURY REPORT

    http://blogs.jsonline.com/packers/default.aspx

    Friday injury report

    It appears that the Packers will take on the Giants without the services of RB Vernand Morency, WR Greg Jennings, WR Carlyle Holiday and OG Jason Spitz, among others. Here's how the players will show up on the injury report this afternoon:

    Out: OT Tony Moll (neck), DE Mike Montgomery (knee)

    Doubtful: S Aaron Rouse (hamstring)

    Questionable: WR Carlyle Holiday (knee), WR Greg Jennings (hamstring), RB Vernand Morency (knee), G Jason Spitz (left calf).

    Probable: CB Al Harris (sprained right elbow), DE Aaron Kampman (abdominal strain), TE Donald Lee (knee).

    Coach Mike McCarthy said Junius Coston will start for Spitz at RG. It's a virtual certainty that Morency, Jennings, Holiday, Frouse and Spitz won't be active on Sunday -- the did not participate at all in practice -- if some of them even make the trip. McCarthy said it's possible a receiver, either Chris Francies or David Clowney, would be activated off the practice squad. Bank on Francies being brought up on Saturday.
     
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    FRIDAY INJURY REPORT

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    Will Manning play, or won't he?

    There are reports out of New York that quarterback Eli Manning practiced in at least half of the team's snaps at practice today. That would indicate Manning could very well play against the Packers on Sunday. Then again, it's hard to know who to believe. The Giants are being as vague as possible about Manning's status. We likely won't know for sure until the opening kickoff whether Manning can play through his shoulder injury. The guess here is that Manning doesn't go if he's not close to 100%.

    Jennings, Morency questionable

    Though it seems a long shot running back Vernand Morency or receiver Greg Jennings will play Sunday against the Giants, the Packers listed both as questionable on today's injury report -- a designation that means each has a 50-50 chance for playing. Neither practiced today, nor did receiver Carlyle Holiday (knee), who also was listed as questionable but likely will miss Sunday's game. Guard Jason Spitz (calf) also sat out a day after returning to practice on a limited basis. He, too, is questionable. End Aaron Kampman (rib) completed practice for the first time this week. He's listed as probable.

    More notable was the Giants' injury report, which listed quarterback Eli Manning (shoulder) as questionable with limited participation and end Osi Umenyiora (knee) as probable with full participation. Earlier this week, it appeared likely both would miss Sunday's game.
     
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    If Brady gets beat often by Shockey, I wonder if Bishop could replace Brady at Sam LBer?
     
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    With Umenyiora in the lineup, this game could prove to be another game which our defense will need to win, especially with Spitz out.
     
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    So.....where the Giants "playing possum" all week? Now Osi and Manning will play? Well, i doubt they would be 100% if they do play.
    I think Jennings and Morency are closer to playing then those guys. But with the Giants being desperate, they just might play their hurt guys.
    Always beware of a wounded animal.
     
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    One of my all-time favorite Favre moments. 4th and 5 touchdown while concussed. Classic Brett. I sure wish we still had Javon Walker, even if he is an @$$hole!!!
     
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