The Green Bay Packers will visit the depleted New York Giants on Sunday; the Packers will probably not know until gametime if Giants quarterback Eli Manning will be behind center. Should Manning not play, expect reserve QB Jared Lorenzen to replace him. Manning is suffering from what is describes as a contusion to the acromioclavicular joint, near the collarbone (in layman’s terms, a bruised shoulder).
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin on Friday said that Manning is throwing well, but is concerned about if that carries over into Saturday and also what the medical staff have to say about Manning’s injury. This should add an air of mystery into Sunday’s game. The Giants will be without their starting running back, Brandon Jacobs, for several weeks with a sprained right knee. This will put the running burden on Derrick Ward.
On the other hand, the Packers have injury concerns, as well. Starting RB Vernon Morency and wide receiver Greg Jennings are uncertainties as to their availability on Sunday which should make starting WR Donald Driver a prime target for the Giants’ secondary. The Packers running attack rushed for only 46 yards last week, so that could be a cause for concern for the Packers’ coaching staff in their game preparation. The Giants were scorched for 45 points last week vs. the Cowboys, which is something that Packers QB Brett Favre will be certain to have in mind.
I look for this to be a fairly close game, as neither team should offensively explode, so to speak. It could possibly ride on the strong leg of rookie kicker Mason Crosby to determine the game’s fate. He kicked the game-winner vs. the Eagles last week and could possibly be asked to do the same this Sunday. The Packers should prevail by 4 or less points this week.