Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the New York Giants-Green Bay Packers Week 5 game, with the line from OddsShark.
New York Giants (2-2) at (-7) Green Bay Packers (2-1), 8:30 p.m.
Mike: Packers. Green Bay is 9-1 ATS after the bye under Mike McCarthy, and the off week was perfectly timed after key defensive players — Clay Matthews, Morgan Burnett, Datone Jones and Letroy Guion all missed Week 3 against Detroit.
Ricky: Packers. Maybe it’s the Odell Beckham Jr. drama, but the Giants look like they’re on the verge of falling apart. The Packers, meanwhile, boast a very good run defense, which could prove problematic for the Giants, who are working with a banged up backfield … Oh yeah, that Aaron Rodgers guy usually is pretty good in primetime, too.
Andre: Packers. Once again, how do you beat elite quarterbacks in the NFL? You hit ’em in the mouth. The Giants don’t do that. They only have four sacks (dead last in the NFL) and that’s not going to work against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who are coming off a bye week.
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