It’s December football in the National Football League, when playoff spots are won and lost.
The Green Bay Packers go from one coast to another in their quest to rebound from their worst defeat of the season.
The 8-3 Packers take on the New York Giants Sunday in a 12 noon contest—televised exclusively Western Wisconsin on FOX 25/48—just a week after a 37-8 thrashing by the 49ers in San Francisco.
Green Bay, now tied for first place in the NFC with the border rival Minnesota Vikings, enters a three-game stretch against opponents with losing records before a showdown with the Vikings in Minneapolis on December 23.
The Giants are 2-9, as are the Washington Redskins, whom the Packers host at Lambeau Field on December 8. Green Bay then takes on the 5-6 Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 15, a rivalry game where records rarely matter.
The task at hand for Matt LaFleur’s team, which has lost two of their last three games, is to take care of business.
“Just win,” said Mike Ditka, former Chicago Bears head coach. “Take care of your business.”
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense will attempt to get back on track after an anemic performance against the 49ers, scoring a single touchdown and 2-point conversion and converting just one of 15 third-down attempts.
The Green Bay offensive line was outmatched against San Francisco and the Packers lost tackle Bryan Bulaga to a knee injury. His status is uncertain for the Giants game and the team made two roster moves Tuesday to add depth in case Bulaga is sidelined.
The Packers elevated tackle Yosh Nijman from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday and also signed tackle Cody Conway to the practice squad.
The offense will try to establish the run with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams against New York and its 27th-ranked defense. The Green Bay defense has given up too many explosive plays and was gouged over the middle by 49ers star tight end George Kittle, who caught six passes for 129 yards and a 61-yard touchdown play.
“I’m disappointed in myself with how we got outcoached and we got outplayed,” LaFleur said Sunday after the 49ers game. “The bottom line it’s unacceptable. We have to look at ourselves. There’s a lot to correct if we want to be the team we want to be.”
NFL Week 13 Picks
The Packers haven’t defeated Giants on the road since December 2011. Rogers, Jones, and surging Adams too much for New York with 27th-ranked defense and -12 turnover ratio.
Packers 30, Giants 20