Green Bay Packers (10-6) vs Arizona Cardinals (13-3)
January 16th 8:15 PM ET/ 7:15 Central
After being consistently inconsistent throughout the Regular Season the Packers managed to pullout a Wildcard victory against the Washington Redskins this past weekend on the road 35-18.
The Packers were able to run the football thanks to Running Backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks. Combined both players rushed for 116yds and 2TDs. Through the air Aaron Rodgers was able pass for 206yds and toss a couple of touchdowns passes. Offensively the Packers were in sync and found the rhythm they had been missing since the earlier portion of this season.
On the defensive side of the ball Green Bay sacked the quarterback 6 times, stifled the Redskins rushing attack (allowed only 84yds) and forced the Redskins to turn the ball over.
The four biggest takeaways from that game is:
- Green Bay has found their niche offensively.
Aaron Rodgers finally had a game where he was protected.
Both Green Bay RBs were effective.
The defense was able to dictate what the opposing offense did.
Things are coming together at the right time for the Packers.
Underdogs for a majority of this season the Arizona Cardinals have been a dominant force both offensively and defensively.
The Cardinals average 30.6ppg (good for 2nd) and tally the most yards per game (408.3) offensively. On the defensive side Arizona has forced 33 turnovers (19int 14fumbles), accumulated 36 sacks and have scored 6 defensive TDs.
With guys like Carson Palmer, David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown on the offensive end and playmakers like Patrick Peterson, Rashad Johnson, Dwight Freeney, Calais Campbell and others on the defensive end the Cardinals have the pieces to be successful.
Prediction: wins 43-35
The last time these two teams met the Cardinals won 38-8. They were able to sack Aaron Rodgers 8 times and forced him to turn the ball over. With Arizona sporting an elite secondary and Aaron Rodgers having to deal with an inconsistent receiving group ( James Jones, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers) I don’t see the Packers winning.
Fun Fact: Carson Palmer is 0-1 (0-2) in Playoff games.