Packers vs. Giants: Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning Face Off Inside MetLife Stadium

Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
Sunday, 12/4/11, 4:15 PM EST, TV:  FOX
Opening Point Spread:  Green Bay -7
Current Betting Line:  Green Bay -6
Opening Total:  52.5
Current Total:  53.5
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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has already thrown for a career-high 33 TD passes this year

Green Bay will put its perfect 11-0 record on the line in traveling on the road for the second straight week, coming off a 27-15 win over the Detroit Lions as four-point favorites on Thanksgiving Day.  The Packers have won 17 straight games when you include the playoffs and has set a single-season franchise record with 11 straight regular-season wins in 2011.  “It is motivating to go out every week and compete better than you did the previous,” stated Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  Green Bay is 5-1 ATS as favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points this year, while the ‘over’ is 9-8 in that particular situation the last two-plus years.

The Packers are off to their first 6-0 start on the road in franchise history, which has been made possible by an offensive that ranks No. 1 in the league in averaging 34.7 points per game.  Green Bay has outscored its opponents by a 14.1-point average margin, which also leads the NFL.  The consistency is remarkable with the team scoring at least 24 points in each game this season.  Rodgers orchestrates the entire thing and has thrown for a career-high 33 touchdowns already with just four interceptions.

New York has reached almost a must-win situation due to dropping three consecutive games, including a 49-24 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints as seven-point road underdogs.  The Giants must get the running game going to catch the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East divisional race, ranking last in the league in gaining just 82.3 rushing yards per game.  Starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw is listed as questionable with a lingering foot injury, as he was limited in practice Friday.  New York is 6-8 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus years.

The Giants will likely rely on the arm of quarterback Eli Manning, who will be facing a secondary that ranks 31st in the league in giving up 287.8 yards per game.  He will need to be careful with the football, facing an opportunistic defense that has helped the Packers register a plus-15 turnover ratio.  New York will not have wide receiver Mario Manningham on the field, while Hakeem Nicks is listed as probable in still feeling affects from a concussion this week.

Bettors will likely back the Packers due to their 7-1 ATS mark in December, while the Giants are 1-6-1 ATS following a straight-up loss.

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