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Clay Matthews should have no trouble containing Giants quarterback Eli Manning on Sunday.

The Packers will have no trouble vs. New York


There are some things that clearly call for caution.

When that Nigerian prince writes to tell you that $500,000 is waiting for you if you just play $1,000 to free his father, the king, it's time to use caution.

If you're sitting at home in your sweats and there's a knock on the door and a voice says it's Katy Perry and she wants you to teach her how to slow dance, I'd say caution should be used before opening that door.

But if you are the Green Bay Packers, or one of their fans, ignore all the talk you are going to hear this week about exercising caution. Our Packers are going to out-and-out whip the Giants of New York in the playoff game next Sunday.

Oh, I know that it's not politically correct to say that. Here's what we are going to hear a lot of this week.

"We only beat the Giants by three points during the season and it took a miracle drive to do that. The Giants are hot. They're like we were last year, hot at the end of the year.We can't afford to be overconfident. We've been off for a couple of weeks and we're going to be rusty. The playoffs are a whole new season." And on and on and on.

I understand all of that. Over the years I've written lots of columns that say the same thing, over and over. And each time I was driven by the need to not make the Gods angry or to offend those who might be offended. I've always wanted to be politically correct.

No more. Maybe it's age. Maybe it's just being tired of trying to make people happy all the time. Now, it's time for the way I really feel. I don't think the Giants of New York stand much of a chance at all. Here's why.

First of all, I don't think they stand a chance against our offense. We've got a healthy offensive line. We have all our receivers back. We have an invigorated Ryan Grant. And we have Aaron Rodgers.

I know all about Drew Brees. But I wouldn't trade the Packers offense for the Saints for all the money in the world. I just think this is an offense where everybody is in sync andthat's ready to stuff the Giants of New York. Those men in blue have been crowing loudly about their fearsome front four, but I think our offensive line is going to make them feel more like the frantic front four.

It's our defense that I think is going to be the big surprise here.

All season long we've been worried because this defense seems to give up a lot of yards and then comes up with a big play when it's needed. But I have faith in Dom Capers.

People I know who really know football use words like "genius" to describe Capers. He is, by all accounts, a coach who engenders incredible respect and faithful support from his players. I fully expect Capers to come up with schemes that knock Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants of New York off their collective feet.

If you want to go through this next week with anxiety riding on your shoulder and searching for the right combination of liquor, rest and sex to keep you anesthetized to worry and concern, go right ahead.

But if you just want to coast through this week, have some fun, relax and start thinking about getting seats in Indianapolis, then believe me.

Green Bay 45, the Giants of New York 17.

Book it, Dano!


Talkbacks

jimg | Jan. 15, 2012 at 6:47 p.m. (report)

Ahhhh. Hahahahaha. Haha. Heh-heh. When is spring training?

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ActionDan | Jan. 11, 2012 at 8:22 a.m. (report)

Don't necessarily agree that the Giants beat us "when we were at our best". We were down our best guard and tackle and starting two rookies at ILB. Woodson also left the game with a head injury. Injuries are no excuse in the end, but we are in much better shape from a medical standpoint and we will have better players on the field this time around. With that said, this game will be fairly close but I think the Packers have what it takes to find a way to win, no matter what. I'm glad I'm not superstitious, or the Dave Begel Kiss Of Death would frighten me.

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Izzatso | Jan. 11, 2012 at 7:59 a.m. (report)

Great. It'll be a Packer loss for sure, now.

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GKohek | Jan. 10, 2012 at 8:16 p.m. (report)

I wish I was more surprised that the local media doesn't know much about pro football. Sadly, I'm not. It seems the cocky fans are the same pool from which writers are picked, to of course, re-enforce that cockiness. This game will play out very much like the first, with possibly an identical score. The Giants played us best when we were at our best, and it's going to take nothing short of a similar effort to defeat them, lest we end up like the Falcons of last year... P.S. If you have anyone above the Saints offense right now, you must not watch them play. They do not have a single weakness on that side of the ball.

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