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Packers-Giants: Three keys

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Make it easy Scott Tolzein gets the start but it will take a total team effort to get the win.  On offense we can expect to see another healthy dose of Eddie Lacy.  The defense must get off the field and ideally would force a few takeaways from the turnover-prone Giants.  New York has struggled with special teams so field position is also important.  Tolzein can move the offense but if he's forced to do too much the Packers will be in trouble.

Finishing drives This goes for both teams.  Last week the Packers made four trips to the red zone but came away with only six points.  If there was one flaw to Tolzein's play it was his inability to finish off drives.  Meanwhile the Giants have mustered only four offensive touchdowns during their three game winning streak.  In that same stretch kicker Josh Brown has nine field goals.  Will either offense capitalize on opportunities?

You down with JPP This Giants pass rush is a far cry from what we've seen the last few years.  They've generated only 14 sacks (with four coming last week) while premiere pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul has struggled with injuries this year.  Pierre-Paul has only two sacks to date and is questionable for Sunday.  While he is a special player he's not the same guy we've seen since his 16 1/2 sack season of 2011 so the job falls on the offensive line to give Tolzein time to throw.

Prediction Packers 26, Giants 23

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