New York Giants at Green Bay Packers – NFL Week 5 Game Preview

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The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers are set to travel to London for an early morning matchup. Both the Packers and the Giants come into the contest with a record of 3-1. The Giants have shocked many with the historic start they are on. Both teams have done a great job this season of finding ways to close out games and bring home wins. This is shaping up to be a very close game between two of the top teams in the league currently. 

New York Giants Look to Continue Hot Streak Against Green Bay Packers

Many did not think that the Giants would get off to nearly as hot of a start as they have this season. There were plenty of doubts about running back Saquon Barkley after the injury he suffered last season, however, he has come back better than ever and has put the Giants’ offense on his back. 

Last week, the Giants defeated the Chicago Bears by a final score of 20-12. This was another narrow victory for the Giants. Over the course of the year, they have played to the level of their opponent almost every week. However, they have proven early this season that they are able to close out games. This is a great sign for such a young team. 

The Packers are arguably the best team that New York has played so far this season. Despite this, the matchup is still a very winnable one for the Giants. If they are able to establish their running game early on and establish the pace of the game, they may be able to pull off the upset. 

Green Bay Packers Look to Finally Play to Their Potential

Last week, the Packers took down the New England Patriots in overtime by a final score of 27-24. The Patriots were without Mac Jones, and their backup quarterback Brian Hoyer was also injured during the game. This game should not have been nearly as close as it was, however, in the NFL a win is a win not matter how you get it.

Despite their current 3-1 record, the Packers have looked like a husk of the Super Bowl contending team from last year. While this makes sense as they lost a lot of talent on the roster over the offseason, the Packers still have not found a way to have the same electrifying offense that they did last season.

A key contributor to this, of course, is losing trading Devante Adams. Adams was widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the league last year with Rodgers. They were one of the best duos in the league, and Adams did a lot to contribute to Rodgers’ back to back MVP awards. As a result of the passing game not being as much of a threat, the rushing attack has not had the same opportunities that it did last year. 

This should still be a relatively easy game for the Packers to win as long as they show up to play. The Packers defensive unit has done more than their share through the first four weeks. They still have not given up more than 23 points this season and are hoping to continue that streak this week.