Packers-Giants: Game snapshot

Series history, stats, facts, keys to the game, prediction for both teams

Green Bay Packers (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)

WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 ET
WHERE: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
SURFACE: Artificial
TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
SERIES: 53rd meeting. Packers lead series, 28-22-2. The Giants won the last meeting, 14-7, on Oct. 3, 2004, at Lambeau Field, when Favre was knocked out of the game in the second half with a concussion. Green Bay has won two straight at Giants Stadium, most recently 34-25 on Jan. 6, 2002, to close the 2001 regular season. The Packers have prevailed in four of five postseason meetings, all in NFL championship games spanning 1938 to '62.

PREDICTION: Giants 27-21

KEYS TO THE GAME: Packers coach Mike McCarthy admitted he erred in calling just 16 running plays last Sunday. Expect more balanced play-calling, although McCarthy's options are a bit limited with RB Vernand Morency still not fully recovered from a knee injury enough to complement rookie Brandon Jackson. The Giants' secondary was torched against Dallas, and will be even more vulnerable if DE Osi Umenyiora is unable to play.

Minus RB Brandon Jacobs and very possibly QB Eli Manning, the Giants will turn to Derrick Ward on the ground and backup QB Jared Lorenzen. Ward had a career-high 89 rushing yards in the season opener, and his production will be key in helping keep Packers DE Aaron Kampman & Co. from unleashing the pass rush on Lorenzen. CB Al Harris is the Packers' top cover man, but he's ailing and should be tested, especially if he shadows WR Plaxico Burress.

KEY INJURIES
Packers: Harris (sprained elbow) will play, perhaps with a brace; Morency (knee) probably will be held out for the second staight week, along with WR Greg Jennings (hamstring); RG Jason Spitz (calf) might not play and would be replaced by Junius Coston; DE Aaron Kampman (rib) will play.

Giants: Manning (shoulder) and Umenyiora (knee) have a chance to play; Jacobs (knee) is out four to six weeks; CB Sam Madison's (hamstring) status is uncertain.

FAST FACTS
Packers QB Brett Favre is tied with John Elway for the most victories ever by a quarterback (148).

Giants TE Jeremy Shockey needs nine receptions to pass Bob Tucker (327) for most by a tight end in franchise history.


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