Early Preview: Packers at Giants

It's only Wednesday, but it's never too soon to examine keys to the game and big individual matchup for Sunday's game between the undefeated Packers (11-0) and the New York Giants (6-5).

Green Bay (11-0) at N.Y. Giants (6-5)

Kickoff: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET, at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: FOX; DirecTV: 715. Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver.

Keys to the game: Packers coach Mike McCarthy considered the team's three extra days of rest following their Thanksgiving Day game "a second bye week." And Green Bay needed it with multiple injuries along their offensive line and at linebacker. RB James Starks should also be closer to full strength following knee and ankle injuries and could play a pivotal role. With the offensive line being pieced together and facing the Giants' deep group of pass-rushers, the Packers need to be wary of the potential pounding QB Aaron Rodgers could take. But Rodgers' mobility is one of his great assets, and he'll have open receivers when given time to find them. Meanwhile, the Giants have a short week after playing Monday night. QB Eli Manning will move the ball up and down the field against Green Bay's bend-but-don't-break defense. The Packers don't mind giving up yards - they want to buckle down in the red zone and steal a possession or two along the way. With a receiving corps with a history of deflecting balls to opponents and facing a secondary with 22 interceptions, Manning must be on target.

Matchup to watch: Packers TE Jermichael Finley vs. Giants S Antrel Rolle: The Giants like to play Rolle close to the line and use him frequently on the blitz. But his coverage skills are critical in containing Rodgers, who can play a pick-your-poison game with his wideouts depending on where the Giants focus their coverage.

Player spotlight: Packers OG Evan Dietrich-Smith: He gained notoriety for being on the receiving end of Ndamukong Suh's cleat on Thanksgiving, but the second-year player with no career starts could be thrust into a bigger role with RG Josh Sitton likely out with a knee sprain. Rookies Derek Sherrod and Ray Dominguez are other possibilities to start.

Fast facts: Rodgers has a passer rating of at least 111.4 in every game this season, giving him a record streak of 11 consecutive games. ... The Packers have won three straight road games against the Giants, with their last loss by 27-7 in 1992. … Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) hasn't played since Week 8.

Who will win and why: The Giants will keep it close with their ability to shut down the ground game and take advantage of the Packers' short-handed offensive line. But Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' mobility and accuracy has been overcoming those obstacles all season.

TSX pick: Packers 30-27.

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