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Green Bay Packers (11-5) at Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
Sunday January 10th, 4:30PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Arizona -1, 47 O/U
The Arizona Cardinals were the Cinderella story of the NFL playoffs last year limping into the postseason with one of the worse records of any playoff team and then putting on a tremendous streak of play to win the NFC to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. Well, the Cardinals are in similar situation this year earning a trip to the playoffs thanks to the less than stellar NFC West and will be looking to make fireworks again in the postseason. However, the Green Bay Packers stand in their way this weekend and the Packers destroyed the Cardinals last week 33-7 even though Arizona was resting many of their starters. Still, Arizona will look to put everything together and make another big run at the postseason.
Green Bay would have won their division with a record of 11-5 in most divisions around the league, but ended up getting the #5 seed after falling short to the Vikings in the NFC North. However, the Packers have been one of the hottest teams in the NFC winning 6 of their last 7 games to close out the year. The Packers only loss was a one point defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers after giving up a touchdown on the final the play of the ground. QB Aaron Rodgers was brilliant against the Cardinals defense last week completing 21 of 26 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. The 80.8 completion percentage was the highest of the season for Rodgers. Wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings are a dynamic duo for the Cardinal secondary to defend. Each wide out captured a 1,000 yards receiving and combined for 10 touchdowns on the season. Running back Ryan Grant rushed for 1,253 yards this season so that helps in adding the ground threat. Still, Rodgers will be the main concern for the Arizona defense and their strong passing attack.
The Green Bay defense really helped their cause last week picking off 2 Matt Leinart interceptions and forcing 3 turnovers all together. The defense is the reason the game got ugly quickly and they were do their best to force a few more turnovers this weekend. Of course QB Kurt Warner will be the man behind center and Warner has protected the ball fairly well this year. Warner has thrown just 3 interceptions in the last 8 games while throwing for 3,753 yards on the season with 26 touchdowns. Arizona has had quite the up and down year as far as consistency on offense. However, they definitely have the tools to be very dangerous. WR Larry Fitzgerald A.K.A “Mr Playoffs” has posted 1,092 receiving yards this season. If you recall, Fitzgerald was the unstoppable force that fueled the Cardinals postseason fire last year breaking an NFL playoffs record with 546 receiving yards and they will need him to make another big impact this year.
One big reason that they need Fitzgerald to play big this weekend is because the Cardinals may without their out playmaker at wide receiver in Anquan Boldin. Boldin caught 84 passes this season for 1,024 receiving yards, but suffered a high ankle sprain in last week’s loss. Boldin currently is listed as a game time decision, but the Cardinals locker room does not believe he will be nowhere near 100%. The Cardinals have never had a reliable running game even though Chris “Beanie” Wells may change that in the future. Wells has rushed for 793 yards in his rookie season. Still, the Cardinals are anything but a rushing football team. If they are to get the best offensive effort without Boldin, WR Steve Breaston will have to be the guy to step up and make some plays.
Pick – Green Bay convincingly again