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Fact or Fiction: Week 11 Predictions


Andre Brown will rush for 100 yards again on Sunday.**



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  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -The Packers three defensive lineman are all mammoths weighing over three hundred pounds. BJ Raji, Ryan Pickett, and Johnny Jolly will give the Giants interior linemen fits. Instead, the Giants will try to run against the Packers sub packages when a lot of the big bodies hit the bench. I also believe the Giants will split up the carries a lot more with Brandon Jacobs potentially returning from his knee injury.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -I think the Giants can hit 100 yards as a unit, but I don't think it will come individually. The Packers do give up 106.7 yards per game on the ground, but like John referenced, they're bringing some big loads to the Meadowlands. It's going to be tough sledding and will require a group effort.

The Giants will take more shots downfield against the Packers than they have in recent weeks.

  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -The Packers run a lot of blitzes and have some talented pass rushers in their sub packages (Datone Jones, Mike Danniels), not to mention Clay Matthews and AJ Hawk who has three sacks from the ILB position. The Packers will bring the pressure often and the Giants will once again have to rely on the short passing game. The Packers can be beat deep, however, and I think the Giants will try to take a couple chances if the line can protect Eli Manning.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -This would imply that they're going to change up their game plan, and I don't think they will. With your defense playing the way it has, why take more chances and possibly turn the ball over? The Giants are getting back to basics and taking what the defenses give them. With that said, Hakeem Nicks' success against the Packers almost had me saying "fact."

The Giants will record their third straight game with four or more sacks.

  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -The old adage is that you should play coverage against the great quarterbacks, and pressure the ones with less experience. Scott Tolzien is clearly in the latter category and I would expect the Giants to bring added pressure early and often, in an attempt to force the first time starter into turnovers. He is a smart quarterback, however, so the Giants will have to take some care not to make their pressure packages too obvious. Tolzien does not have a big arm and I would be fine with daring him to beat the Giants with passes down the field.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -Remember half of these sacks have come from the secondary and linebackers. So it's not as if the line has broken through completely. Also, you have to go back to 2010 to find the last time the Giants had three straight games with at least four sacks.

Rueben Randle will finish first on the team in receiving touchdowns (He currently leads with five).

  • JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -The question here is who will pass him? Victor Cruz sees a ton of extra attention in and out of the red zone and doesn't have the size to win close to the goal line. Hakeem Nicks, on the other hand, has not shown the ability to win one on one against cornerbacks in the end zone. No tight end has proven themselves to be a reliable target. I think Randle will be the guy.
  • DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -Cruuuuuzzz. Randle has settled in, but I have to go with Victor Cruz. He's the most reliable out of the group and most likely to rip off a big play. Cruz trails by one right now, but I think he'll catch and surpass him. But this is not the big issue. The question is when will Hakeem Nicks get his first of the season? I think we'll see that on Sunday.
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