The Green Bay Packers were able to survive an early deficit in Washington and now head to Arizona where things will get a whole lot tougher. We all saw this same exact matchup three weeks ago in Arizona and we all were concerned for Aaron Rodgers well being. The Arizona Cardinals destroyed the Packers 38-8, and Aaron Rodgers was sacked eight times!
Please do not think the Packers are back and expect them to make a run to the Super Bowl after their performance in Washington. Green Bay will now face one of the best defenses in the entire league.
Aaron Rodgers had an impressive performance against the Redskins, throwing for 210 yards and two touchdowns, making some great throws. However Rodgers was able to have success because of the lack of pass rush from the Redskins. Dwight Freeney, Calais Campbell and the Cardinals front seven will bring constant pressure, creating havoc for Rodgers and the Packers offensive line. Green Bay will have to be creative with their play calling, because they cannot have a repeat performance from week 16.
On a more positive note for the Packers, Eddie Lacy and James Starks each had 12 carries against the Redskins, combining for 116 yards and two touchdowns. They will need to keep up that kind of success on the ground against Arizona to keep some pressure off of Rodgers. Also the wide receivers were making plays, and we saw a lot less drops. Davante Adams caught all four of his targets and James Jones had a nice game with seven catches and 81 yards.
Aside from a touchdown, Randall Cobb is still struggling to make plays in the passing game. He did add 24 yards rushing on 5 carries.
The Packers defense will have a tough task trying to contain a high powered Cardinals defense. Not only is Carson Palmer playing at an elite MVP level this season, but Larry Fitzgerald is back to being a top notch wide receiver. Arizona also has this rookie running back who is pretty good, his name is David Johnson.
Not only does Green Bay have to stop Fitzgerald, but they also have to worry about Michael Floyd and John Brown. Brown went over 1,000 yards this season and Floyd finished with 849 yards.
David Johnson was the Cardinals starting running back for the final six games of the season due to injuries to Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Arizona. In limited playing time, Johnson rushed for 581 yards and eight touchdowns. He's contributed in the passing game, adding 36 receptions, for 457 yards and another four touchdowns.
There are a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball, and it's up to guys like Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to contain them.
After giving Aaron Rodgers his worst loss in his NFL career, I do not think the Cardinals will win by 30 points again, but they will win pretty easily.
Give me the Cardinals 27-16.
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