NY Giants at Green Bay NFC Wild Card Betting Pick & Odds

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 5, 2017 in

The New York Giants head to Green Bay for a playoff game at Lambeau Field. The “frozen tundra” is an intimidating destination for many teams — just ask the Seattle Seahawks how their trip up there in November went — but the Giants have made winning at Lambeau part of their last two Super Bowl treks, in early 2008 and 2012, both of which were years in which the G-men hoisted the Lombardi Trophy as NFL champions. Despite the fact that quarterback Eli Manning is now 36, and despite the fact that the Giants have become much more of a physical, grinding team rather than a video-game offense, that fact will be in the minds of both the Giants and the Packers who were there for one or both of those earlier postseason tilts. However, the teams also met at Lambeau in Week 6, with Green Bay winning, 23-16. Let’s take a look at this matchup, but don’t forget to check out the NFL odds for all four of the wild card games.

NY Giants at Green Bay NFC Wild Card Betting Pick & Odds

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017, 4:40pm ET
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
TV: FOX
Radio: New York / Green Bay
Stream OptionNFL Live
NFL Odds: Green Bay (-4.5), O/U 45

Why should you bet on the Giants?

Despite the fact that the New York Giants had already made the playoffs prior to Week 17, their defense absolutely shut down a Washington Redskins offense that had played terrific ball this year, keeping their division rivals from nabbing the second wild card with a 19-10 win. Much has been made of the fact that Eli Manning is now 36, but the fact is that he has not missed a start since 2004, and he still threw for 4,027 yards on the season with 26 touchdowns against 16 picks. Odell Beckham Jr. had another dynamite season, picking up 1,367 receiving yards. The Giants only average 19.4 points per game, but they only give up 17.8, good for second in the league. Last year, they ranked #30 in defense, but the team’s ownership invested $200 million in contracts on the defensive side, and that investment has paid off. But can they slow down the juggernaut known as Aaron Rodgers?

Why should you put your money on the Packers?

Despite the fact that Green Bay started the year 4-6, Aaron Rodgers poured it on in the second half of the season and ended up leading the NFL with 40 touchdown passes — and just seven interceptions, none since November 20. The return of Jordy Nelson, who missed the 2015 season with a knee injury, galvanized Rodgers, as he led the team with 1,257 receiving yards. Ty Montgomery, a converted wide receiver, has been getting the bulk of the team’s rushing carries, but he started out in college as a running back, so he has the experience. On the defensive side, despite ranking #31 in the NFL in passing defense, they still have two dangerous defensive linemen in Julius Peppers (7.5 sacks) and Nick Perry (11 sacks) as well as Clay Matthews.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

In his last seven games, Aaron Rodgers has thrown 18 touchdown passes without a single pick. The Giants are vulnerable to the air attack, giving up 251 yards per game. I like Rodgers to pick them apart and wear down a solid team in the second half. I predict a final score of Green Bay 27, New York 23.